Rent The Cottage (2008)

2.9 of 5 from 133 ratings
1h 27min
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Bickering brothers David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) kidnap Tracey (Jennifer Ellison) in a desperate moneymaking scheme and hide out in a remote cottage from her ganglord father. However, feisty Tracey turns the tables on her bungling captors and escapes into the woods with peter as her hostage. Only this land belongs to a maniacal farmer and he doesn't like trespassers... Cue a grotesquely comic battle for survival- who will survive and what will be left of them?
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Paul Andrew Williams
20th Century Fox
Comedy, Horror
Release Date:
Run Time:
87 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Directors commentary
  • The making of the cottage
  • What got chopped
  • Outtakes
  • Cast and crew biographies
  • Production photography gallery
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Audio description
  • Easter eggs

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Reviews (2) of The Cottage

Kill Kill Kill - The Cottage review by RP

Spoiler Alert

The song that plays over the end titles is called "Kill Kill Kill" - and that gives you a good overview of what this film is about. It's a low budget British 'comedy horror' film directed by Paul Andrew Williams, who directed the very good (if somewhat grim) 'London To Brighton'.

The storyline goes like this: bungling kidnappers hole up in a remote cottage with their shrewish, foul-mouthed blonde victim. Her father sends two Korean hard men to the rescue, but they meet a sticky end. Murderous disfigured farmer from next door then proceeds to slaughter everybody - and I do mean everybody. There's also a final scene after the end credits.

Yes, I really do mean slaughter - violently, with assorted weapons, much gushing of blood, dismemberment, adding to an extensive collection of trophy body parts etc. Rather good if you like that sort of thing :)

There's far too much f-ing and blinding for my taste, but the film did make me smile in several places and the director pays homage to many other horror / thriller films - see how many you can spot. One that I'd not seen done before is a small tribute to 'Predator' as the maniacal killer removes spinal cord + head from one unfortunate victim - that should give you some idea of the shlock you'll see here.

The lead characters are played by Andy Serkis (perhaps best known for his Gollum), Reece Shearsmith (perhaps best known for 'League Of Gentlemen') and Jennifer Ellison (perhaps best known for her boobs, scouse accent and 'Brookside'). The film reminded me of 'Severance' - unfortunately it isn't as funny but does have the advantage of not having the tiresome Danny Dyer in the cast, but that minor advantage is lost by having other tiresome characters.

Because it made me smile I'll give it 3/5 stars - just don't watch it with your granny 'cos she probably won't appreciate the language and gore :)

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Spoilers follow ... - The Cottage review by NP

Spoiler Alert

Reviewing a comedy is difficult. If you examine the jokes too much, they fall apart. If you quote various lines out of context, they lose their impact. ‘The Cottage’ is very much of the type that deserves to be watched, enjoyed and left at that.

To skirt over the story, David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) have kidnapped Tracey (Jennifer Ellison) but the situation becomes more complicated than any of them could imagine. Then, those complications become complicated … and so on. Even in the very last scene, the situation that has taken on such satisfyingly ridiculous proportions becomes … even more complicated.

My one real problem with this are the excessive profanities. At the risk of sounding like everyone’s elderly parents, I found such expletives are shockingly funny to begin with, but become wearisome once they are established as the normal way of speaking. Other than that, this is a fine slice of black comedy. Politically incorrect in places, but mainly the laughs come from the extravagant blood and gore on display.

Tracey’s large breasts only feature once as the focal point of the comedy, serving only as a distraction allowing her to get the better of Peter. The males are the subject of the humour here, their ineptitude and consistent failures causing the mayhem that propels the story. It’s good to see Hellraiser’s Doug Bradley in this, but a shame his appearance is limited to a ‘villager with dog’ credit.

All performances are enjoyable, with the excellent Shearsmith getting the brunt of the gory punishment. With Serkis, it is easy to note his performances as a number of CGI creations in other films, but this is a reminder what a good ‘physical’ actor he is too.

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