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The Cottage (2008)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 14 March 2008 (UK)
In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Andy Serkis ... David
Reece Shearsmith ... Peter
Jennifer Ellison ... Tracey
Steven O'Donnell ... Andrew
James Bierman James Bierman ... Bouncer
Cat Meacher Cat Meacher ... Club Receptionist
Danny Nussbaum ... Man in Suit
Logan Wong ... Muk Li San
Jonathan Chan-Pensley Jonathan Chan-Pensley ... Chun Yo Fu
Simon Schatzberger Simon Schatzberger ... Steven
Doug Bradley ... Villager with Dog
Dave Legeno ... The Farmer (as David Legeno)
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ... Farmer's Wife
Georgia Groome ... Farmer's Daughter 1
Eden Watson Eden Watson ... Farmer's Daughter 2
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In a remote part of the countryside, a bungled kidnapping turns into a living nightmare for four central characters when they cross paths with a psychopathic farmer and all hell breaks loose. Written by Anonymous

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Sleeps six bloody comfortably.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bienvenue au cottage See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man See more »

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Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£303,072 (United Kingdom), 16 March 2008, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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According to director Williams, Tracey was originally written as a 40-year-old character but, to get the finance, he was told to cast someone young. See more »

Goofs

When David drives to the nearby village to make the phone call he parks his car facing the opposite direction he is to return. After the call and after his encounter with the village folks he returns to his car and drives off without reversing his car. The car was automatically reversed. See more »

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David: She alright?
Peter: She's still unconscious.
David: That's chlorophyll for you.
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"The Cottage" embraces convention, and for the most part, it works.
13 April 2009 | by Mr_CensoredSee all my reviews

"The Cottage" is really two movies.

One part is a fairly generic but slightly amusing crime-story involving the kidnapping of a voluptuous, foul-mouthed blonde by two brothers. One is a seasoned criminal, while the other is an amateur at best, thus, situational comedy ensues. They take shelter in an abandoned cottage where their hostage gives them a run for their money – literally – and swears up a storm. While this half of the film wants to belong in the same company as "Shaun Of The Dead," it can't, because it's not clever enough and is far too saturated in clichés. Despite some strong performances, the characters are merely stereotypes. It's not the fault of the actors that their characters aren't convincing, though, because in reality, they were written and possibly intended as cardboard cut-outs, meant to service the second half.

Despite a rocky set-up, we get to the second part, a gut-bustingly fun homage to slasher films that would make the likes of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi proud. When our criminals and guest cross paths with a deformed neighbor, madness ensues. Why no film has been brilliant enough to give its villain a shovel as weapon of choice is beyond me, as the red stuff is spilled in ways that are both shocking and hilarious. Truly, this is where the meat of the flick is. Despite the lack of depth in both story and characters, "The Cottage" does manage to serve up a nice, enjoyable dish of slasher casserole that pays tribute to its influences with some truly inventive slicing and dicing. To be honest, the film would be far more effective if it had played this hand early on, instead of setting up a routine, by-the-numbers premise, but in the end, it'll win you over by its unique "anything-goes" approach to somewhat tired material. It's hardly reinventing the wheel, and is not a flick everyone in the room will appreciate, but as a way to kill 90 minutes, you could do much worse.


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