Otis

2008

Otis

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Daniel Stern, Ileana Douglas, Kevin Pollak, and Jere Burns headline director Tony Krantz's black comedy detailing the meltdown of the typical nuclear family as they attempt to rescue their little princess from a notorious serial killer. Otis Broth (Bostin Christopher) needs a date for the prom, and Riley Lawson (Ashley Johnson) is just the type of girl he's been searching for. Unfortunately for Riley, Otis has a rather sinister method of charming the fairer sex - it's got something to do with power tools and other assorted sharp objects. When the authorities fail to deliver in their promise to bring Riley home unharmed and the young girl miraculously manages to break free of Otis' dungeon-like cellar, the Lawson's decide that the family that slays together stays together and sets out to seek vengeance against the hulking serial killer on their own terms.

Cast

Ashley Johnson
as Riley Lawson
Daniel Stern
as Will Lawson
Illeana Douglas
as Kate Lawson
Jared Kusnitz
as Reed Lawson
Jere Burns
as Agent Hotchkiss
Kevin Pollak
as Morton Broth
Tracy Scoggins
as Rita Vitale
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Critic Reviews for Otis

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Audience Reviews for Otis

  • Jul 11, 2011
    Otis. It's one of the more strange movies I've seen. It's good, but I can't put my finger on why I don't think it's great. The actors are good. I'd never seen Daniel Stern in a movie before, but he did a good job as the main character, Otis. It's very creative. A lot of movies like Otis fail. Tony Krantz deserves a lot of credit for putting this story on tape so successfully. He's primarily a producer, but directs a winning film here. If you like B-horror movies, you should be all over Otis. If you like horror films, you will still enjoy it.
    Jason C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2011
    What a strange, strange movie. It's made by people who obviously love horror and they have fun playing with it. As a result, I really liked watching them do it. I found the story utterly unpredictable, and it veered in odd directions for a horror movie. The comedy in this movie was very dark, but not so much so that it wasn't there. One of the strange things about this film is the lack of clear distinctions between the heroes and villains: Otis has real innocence to him, and Riley's parents have a real mean streak (that manifests in very funny ways). I also love the cocky detective who thinks he's the main character in his own cop drama, instead of an inept agent of the forces of Chaos. The more I tell you about this movie, the more I'd run the risk of giving too much away. I really liked this, and I really regret not buying it when I had the chance. Grrr!
    Emily A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2010
    C'mon... not funny enough, not gorey enough, not exciting enough... Otis is a big fat waste of what could've been a classic, but is now probably forgotten or never heard about. I don't remember it being on Pay-Per-View, and now it's getting a double-feature Blu-ray release with Doctor Giggles, another misunderstood and weak horror flick. I really wanted to like Otis, from its trailer and cover artwork, but it bored me. I liked the retro music they used; Devo's "Gut Feeling" fit the girl-escape-attempt scene perfectly. The turnaround of the plot I didn't see coming, but the painful revenge scenes had violence only implied. It can't compete with others like Saw, Hostel, Mother's Day, Bad Ronald, Juno, etc. -- which it wanted so badly to be. Otis was a cruel and stupid kidnapper - the scenes of him trying to recreate his high school football dreams went on too long.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2009
    Otis, the depraved teddy bear. Very original with a good supporting cast, strong 80's feel. Better than I expected.
    wicked A Super Reviewer

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