Sunday 11 March 2012
Film 80: The Cottage
Paul Andrew Williams' horror-comedy stiffed at the box office and has a reputation as a bit of a failure. But watching it for the first time I laughed myself silly. Furthermore, most contemporary reviews were broadly positive (even if some critics were confused by this as a follow-up to the very different London to Brighton) so I can't understand why this one isn't better regarded.
Andy Serkis and Reece Shearsmith have the brotherly chemistry spot-on and Jennifer Ellison is great as their gobby, Scouse kidnap victim. Doug Bradley's cameo seems somewhat arbitrary, the very final shot doesn't have the impact it should and the backstory of the hideously disfigured Farmer isn't clear, but these are minor quibbles. Wish I'd seen this one at the cinema.