Posted on 9/11/10 10:31 AM
The Cottage is a 2008 British comedy/horror film. It is directed by Paul Andrew Williams. It's style is similar to the early work Peter Jackson and thats how I stumbled on it. It combined gory horror and grotesque violence with dark comedy and witty dialogue.
The Cottage details the kidnapping of a young woman named Tracey by the brothers David (Andy Serkis) and Peter. They take her to a seculuded cottage outside a remote village. The harsh David and wimpy Peter are very inexperienced in crime and try to hold her for a 100,000 ransom from her crime boss father. In the meantime they are aided by the fat and incompetent Andrew, Tracey's stepbrother. While holding her ransom, Andrew is pursued by Asian gang members and Peter is tormented by Tracey and moths (his number one fear). David uses a phone booth in the strange village where the weird residents warn him to lock his doors and not to wonder off.
What happens next is the discovery of a farm and the dark secrets that it holds. I don't want to give away the information because its the type of movie you should go into fresh, but it soon becomes similar to a Texas Chainsaw Massacre type of horror.
This film is probably to the backwoods cannibal genre as Shaun of the Dead is to zombie flicks. This film is definitely worth one watching. It may not have enough jokes to satisfy a ton of laughs, and not enough horror to satisfy suspense fiends but it tries its hardest to find its balance and I think it did a pretty good job. Andy Serkis acted very well as a down-on-his luck British gangster and Jennfier Ellison was great as a real bad chick. If you are a fan of Peter Jackson's early work, British horror, and some fun gory violence, then I would recommend this bloody dark comedy. If any film can make me laugh at disembowling and also keep it tense during a good chase scene in the dark, then it must be my type of movie.