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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"lively if programmatic horror pic"
‑ , Variety
"'The Cottage' doesn't have enough horror to satisfy horror fans and not enough comedy to satisfy everybody else."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Broad comedy and splattery horror are a pretty tough combo to pull off, but if anyone can do it ... the British can."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
"Nice performances from Shearsmith and Serkis, and some outrageous ketchupy grossout, though I have to say The Cottage has nothing like the rigour, originality or power of Williams's debut."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This is cartoon carnage with a slightly surreal twist - most notably in Peter's encounter with a swarm of moths - but the developing bond between the brothers makes it surprisingly poignant too. All things considered, you'll forgive the shaky parts."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"Andy Serkis shouts a lot, as if raising the decibel level will compensate for the dire dialogue, while Jennifer Ellison displays more cleavage than acting ability."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The degree to which the movie is redeemed by its impossible-to-anticipate third act is consequently quite staggering..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"an expertly witty, often hilarious gorefest"
‑ Jay Antani, Jaman
"This film is fabulously deranged."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"If you loved L2B's social-realist integrity, you'll be bemused by Williams' 180-degree turn into Guignol and gut-busting. A labour of love that's sometimes plain laboured, but a stronger, splattery second half will curry favour with gorehounds."
‑ , Total Film
"The Cottage is a film that knows how to play to its strengths, namely making the most of its modest budget and not even attempting to break the B-movie glass ceiling."
‑ Ali Gray,
"The Cottage, against the odds, makes a better caper movie than gore flick."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"It's a rural retreat to base jokes - and it needed to be a lot cleverer than this to make it a glorious retreat."
‑ , Sun Online
"From the miasma of mediocrity known as modern British horror emerges a low-budget fright film that deserves to be remembered alongside homegrown classics such as Shaun Of The Dead."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"With all the meaty goodness of Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers, The Cottage offers solid Brit-horror nourishment."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
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