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as Otis Broth
as Riley Lawson
as Will Lawson
as Kate Lawson
as Reed Lawson
as Agent Hotchkiss
as Morton Broth
as Rita Vitale
Critic Reviews for Otis
The problem with 'Otis' is that it keeps getting in its own way.
Audience Reviews for Otis
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!
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.
A dark comedy with the emphasis on "dark". This is a film that starts out violent and brutal and then tries to make you laugh. The underlying premise is "the lighter side of abduction, rape and murder" and, not surprisingly, it just doesn't work.
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