The Cottage (2012)
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Despite David Arquette's creepy performance and a few suspenseful scenes, The Cottage ends up being a dull, low-budget horror film. I desperately wanted to like The Cottage. Through the whole movie I kept trying to find a way to like it. I can't ignore the fact that this is just a bad movie.
A solid little thriller that starts out in familiar territory (a weird dude moves into the guest house and is potentially dangerous), The Cottage features some genuine twists that you won't expect and is an entertaining little thriller that doesn't quite follow through on its promise but is decent nonetheless.
Strangely I liked this movie. It had some classic elements that made it an enjoyable, a little creepy, with a touch of twisted... and just a pinch of sexy... what!? I like David Arquette as a bad guy. A seemly normal family on the outside find themselves in dire need to rent out a cottage on their property -actually a guest house would be more accurate. Cue the perfect tenant... a romance novelist in the guise of David Arquette, oops I mean Robert Mars. Nothing wrong there, he can pay and just needs a quiet place to create what his female fans want... escape. We soon discover that nothing is as perfect as it seem... the two teenage girls of the family hate their step mom... who they feel stepped in a little too quickly after their mother's death... a little teenage angst, please. Throw in a vulnerable little baby and the tension can be cut by a knife. What was handled very well by this film was the violence wasn't over done --see boy peek, see Robert catch boy, see Robert invite boy into cottage, see boy in the back of Robert awesome classic truck-- classy. I did like the bit of the cult-like touches with the wives... oh yes Robert Mars has three and counting... and boy, they know how to use a knife. If I had to say anything negative about this movie, the "mother" aka hero of this story... was annoying... I found myself quite quickly rooting for Robert and the brides, I don't think that was the intention of the writers... oh well, it may just be me and my sick little mind. It has re-watchability value... if only to see that awesome Truck and just a little of David's flesh in the pool. But hey a girls gotta know what she likes.
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