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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



Jun 3, 2008

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lively if programmatic horror pic

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

'The Cottage' doesn't have enough horror to satisfy horror fans and not enough comedy to satisfy everybody else.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

The degree to which the movie is redeemed by its impossible-to-anticipate third act is consequently quite staggering...

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The Cottage, against the odds, makes a better caper movie than gore flick.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Broad comedy and splattery horror are a pretty tough combo to pull off, but if anyone can do it ... the British can.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

an expertly witty, often hilarious gorefest

May 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Jaman

It's a rural retreat to base jokes - and it needed to be a lot cleverer than this to make it a glorious retreat.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

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.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

This film is fabulously deranged.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

From the miasma of mediocrity known as modern British horror emerges a low-budget fright film that deserves to be remembered alongside homegrown classics such as Shaun Of The Dead.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mirror [UK]

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.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

If you loved L2B's social-realist integrity, you'll be bemused by Williams' 180-degree turn into Guignol and gut-busting. A labour of love that's sometimes plain laboured, but a stronger, splattery second half will curry favour with gorehounds.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

With all the meaty goodness of Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers, The Cottage offers solid Brit-horror nourishment.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

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.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If there's a more depressing release this year then God help us all.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Williams' story twists and turns...veering from Coen caper to Hooper horror -- but the one unifying constant is the film's wicked streak of humour.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for The Cottage

Brit comedy horror and damn funny. Well worth a watch, turn your brain off and just enjoy yourself.
January 13, 2013

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Funny yet scary horror movie. I like it.
January 25, 2012
Dead Angel

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First things first. Reece Shearsmith's character in The Cottage was one of the most annoying characters I've ever encountered in a movie. All his spineless cringing, screaming, and his general uselessness, made me want to climb somehow into the movie and kill him. Yes, I know the character was intentionally written that way, and in no manner is this a criticism of the movie. I'd actually like to commend the director, writer(s), and Reece himself, for creating such a thoroughly annoying character. Now, on to the review.

I liked the first half of The Cottage more than the second. The initial half was fairly humorous, and gave off an enjoyably creepy vibe. I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of some vague threat, while gleefully cheering for Ellison's rather intimidating prisoner. Serkis was also in fine form, as his character struggled to salvage some kind of plan amidst the overwhelming incompetence of his cohorts.

The second half of the movie is basically a decidedly average slasher-film. Not awful, but nothing special. I found myself missing the humor of the first 40 minutes. Depending on your preference for that genre, you may end up liking The Cottage more than I did. It only came to my attention because of the presence of Jennifer Ellison, but I'm glad that I ended up seeing it.
March 18, 2010

Super Reviewer

Hilariously bloody and bloody hilarious! This comedy-horror is like Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Britain as well as I like two rival siblings played by Andy Serkis and Reece Shearsmith, who forced into hiding after their kidnapping plan goes awry, are so hilarious at the beginning before the horror stock happened after the hostage escaped.
December 29, 2008
Dean McKenna

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