The Cottage

2008

The Cottage

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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 and Peter kidnap the girl and demand a hefty ransom for her safe return. But Tracey puts up far more of a fight than David and Peter ever expected, and when Andrew picks up the ransom only to discover they've been given a decoy instead of cash, the would-be kidnappers have no clue what to do next. But this problem seems like small potatoes when the owner of the seemingly abandoned cottage where they're holed up unexpectedly returns -- he turns out to be a hideously deformed lunatic with a murderous temper and a bitter hatred of trespassers.

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  • Aug 16, 2011
    Wow...that's not what I expected. So, this is a british dark comedy film that has plenty of good bloody moments. The humor was pretty funny, and the story was good...the only problem is that this was definately, a "Hatchet Wanna-be." They copied Hatchet a little too much, with the same humor, and even the same death scenes! It was still good, though. Hope for a sequel, an hope it's not another "Hatchet II Wanna-be."
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2010
    starring Andy Serkis The guy that played Pinhead is in here as well. Well at least what is suppose to be scarry in it, you MIGHT flinch. Oh that face. Mm tell me do you think this one or leatherface is scarier? The foul mouth girl gave me a laugh a few times with the slew of insults she spews, but eventually that gets tired & sounds like it?s the same lines over & over. Basically it?s a bit of a ?silly? comedy Horror. Which is cool. (I don?t often find/hear of horror comedies) C
  • Mar 26, 2010
    Funny yet scary horror movie. I like it.
    Dead A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2010
    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.
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