The Cottage (2008)
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A criminal scheme gone wrong is just the start of a string of life-threatening bad luck in this darkly comic thriller. David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) are a pair of second-rate criminals who are eager to make a big score and think they've come up with the formula for a perfect crime. David works for a wealthy local businessman named Arnie who dotes on his teenaged stepdaughter Tracey (Jennifer Ellison), and so with the help of Arnie's slacker son Andrew (Steven O'Donnell), he
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Andy Serkis shouts a lot, as if raising the decibel level will compensate for the dire dialogue, while Jennifer Ellison displays more cleavage than acting ability.
The Cottage is a film that knows how to play to its strengths, namely making the most of its modest budget and not even attempting to break the B-movie glass ceiling.
'The Cottage' doesn't have enough horror to satisfy horror fans and not enough comedy to satisfy everybody else.
The degree to which the movie is redeemed by its impossible-to-anticipate third act is consequently quite staggering...
Broad comedy and splattery horror are a pretty tough combo to pull off, but if anyone can do it ... the British can.
It's a rural retreat to base jokes - and it needed to be a lot cleverer than this to make it a glorious retreat.
Nice performances from Shearsmith and Serkis, and some outrageous ketchupy grossout, though I have to say The Cottage has nothing like the rigour, originality or power of Williams's debut.
This is cartoon carnage with a slightly surreal twist - most notably in Peter's encounter with a swarm of moths - but the developing bond between the brothers makes it surprisingly poignant too. All things considered, you'll forgive the shaky parts.
With all the meaty goodness of Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers, The Cottage offers solid Brit-horror nourishment.
Frightfest regulars and hungry gorehounds will get a kick out of this, but those who hailed Williams as a Brit-indie visionary after London To Brighton might be left scratching their heads.
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