- The Cottage
name = The Cottage
Paul Andrew Williams
producer = Ken Marshall
Paul Andrew Williams
Andy Serkis Jennifer Ellison Doug Bradley Georgia Groome
Johnny Harris Katy Murphy Simon Schatzberger
music = Laura Rossi
cinematography = Christopher Ross
editing = Tom Hemmings
distributor = Pathe Distribution Ltd
March 14, 2008
runtime = 92 mins.
language = English
amg_id = 1:431462
imdb_id = 0465430
Two brothers, David and Peter (
Andy Serkisand Reece Shearsmith), kidnap Tracey ( Jennifer Ellison), the step-daughter of Arnie, an underworld crime boss. The pair hold her for ransom in a secluded country cottage. Things begin to go wrong when Arnie's dimwitted son Andrew delivers the ransom. Instead of money, the bag is filled with napkins. David and Peter realize that not only have they been deceived, but Arnie knew about Andrew's involvement in the scheme all along.
After Peter breaks his phone by accidentally dropping it in water, David goes down to the village to use a telephone box to call in another ransom. While there, he happens across some sinister locals who, upon learning that he and his companions are staying at the Barnarby Cottage, warn him to keep his doors locked. Disturbed, David returns to the cottage to find that Tracey — who has proven to be highly intelligent and resourceful, albeit foul-mouthed and somewhat
psychopathic— has incapacitated Andrew and abducted Peter.
Some distance away, Peter and Tracey arrive at an ominous looking farm. Upon entering the house, they soon discover it to be the home of an insane and hideously deformed
serial-killerknown only as "The Farmer". It is revealed throughout the rest of the film that some time ago, The Farmer was injured in a machinery accident and has begun to kill and mutilate anyone he finds trespassing on his land.
After opening a trapdoor in the kitchen to reveal a secret staircase leading down into the cellar, Tracey is stabbed through the stomach by The Farmer. Terrified, Peter flees upstairs and jumps out of the bedroom window. Tracey survives her injury and calls out for Peter to help her escape too, all with The Farmer in pursuit. Peter manages to incapacitate The Farmer with a shovel, saving Tracey's life. Tracey then urges Peter to kill the madman before he regains consciousness, but he is reluctant. As the two of them argue, The Farmer comes to and quickly amputates the end of Peter's foot with the shovel. As The Farmer is about to kill Peter, Tracey begins mocking him, ordering him to hurry up and do it. Frustrated, The Farmer suddenly turns around and gruesomely decapitates her at mouth-level with the shovel. He then knocks out a hysterical Peter and hangs him by his jacket from a meathook in the shed.
Meanwhile, Andrew and David set off through the woods in search of Peter and Tracey, when they stumble across the dead body of one of Arnie's henchmen, who has had his throat slit. Soon after, they arrive at the farm, where they discover a shed full of decapitated heads. The Farmer suddenly appears. David and Andrew hurry outside, where The Farmer pins David to the ground with a
pickaxethrought his leg. He then chases Andrew into the nearby horse stables, where he viciously attacks him with a hunting knife before ripping his spineout.
Peter comes to and manages to release himself from the hook and crawl across the ground to David. After making up for a lifetime of squabbling, they vow to fight on, and drag themselves back into the farmhouse in search of a phone. The Farmer soon reappears, tossing Andrew's severed head and spine through the window. David attempts to defend his brother, only to be suddenly impaled by The Farmer with the pickaxe. Outraged at seeing his brother murdered, Peter begins to throttle The Farmer to death by strangling him with a length of rope. The Farmer manages to toss Peter down into the cellar and slam the door shut. But Peter still has the end of the rope, and he continues tugging on it, eventually causing The Farmer to collapse on top of the trap door. With the weight of The Farmer's body on top of the door, Peter is unable to escape. With nowhere else to go, he descends down into the cellar. He flicks on his cigarette lighter to reveal The Farmer's equally insane and hideous wife and daughters standing all around him. He mutters defeatedly "You must be joking" before they set upon him.
After the credits, Arnie and his right-hand men are seen arriving at the farm. As they step up to the front door, The Farmer suddenly rushes out at them with the pickaxe raised above his head. As he swings at them with it, the image freezes and the screen fades to black.
Despite a mixed reception by critics, the film received a good review on
Rotten Tomatoes, attaining 71%. [ [http://uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/10009606-cottage/] ]
* [http://www.thecottagemovie.co.uk/ Official Site]
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