Genres: Comedy, Horror,

Rated: R

Country: UK

Year: 2008

Runtime: 92 minutes

Studio: Pathé


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Starring: Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith, Simon Schatzberger, Jennifer
Ellison, Dave Legeno

Director: Paul Andrew Williams

Synopsis: 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.


Admittedly I discovered this little gem a few days ago while reading about
it’s writer/director Paul Andrew Williams who may be the new director of
“28 Months Later”, a sequel to “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later”.
That project interests me quite a bit; however this was indeed a good
find as well. “The Cottage” is a grim horror, comedy about two fairly poor
kidnappers played by Andy Serkis of “The Lord of the Rings” and “King
Kong” and Reece Shearsmith of “Shaun of the Dead”. The person they
kidnapped was Traci, the fowl mouthed daughter of a London strip club
owner who one of the men worked for. They were holding her for
ransom…a ransom that apparently more people knew about then should
have which could and did only lead to trouble.

Things get really bad however when they all reach a secluded farm in the
woods and discover the horrors that lay there. Stuff like hands in the
freezer and heads in the shed and a 6 foot maniac swinging axes at into
them, you know the basics. Williams takes a few cues from “The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Hills Have Eyes”, but he has a little more
fun with it all. It’s very much a British humored film and if you like that
kind of stuff then this is right up your alley and even if you don’t there’s
some stuff here that ought to make you crack up a good bit. It does
have a pretty slow second act and some of the jokes and sight gags fail
to hit the target just right, but the finale works quite well.

It’s all pretty low budget, but it makes due with what’s got and does
admirably as if chops off toes and top halves of heads. Serkis is quite
dead pan here and is actually a very, very good actor that didn't seem
like he ought to just voice characters or play a guy in a green suit to be
later painted over. Shearsmith is a perfect wiener of a man who’s wife
rules him and who has to find something wrong with everything yet can’t
do much of anything right himself. “The Cottage” would make any lover
of the horror comedy quite happy and is one you should definitely look

Overall: 7/10