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The Cottage (2012)

David Arquette , Kristen Dalton , Chris Jaymes  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Arquette, Kristen Dalton, Victor Browne, Morissa O'Mara, Alana O'Mara
  • Directors: Chris Jaymes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I34ZDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A suburban couple wake up in a nightmare unable to protect themselves from the danger lurking in their own backyard when they rent out their guest cottage to a mysterious romance novelist.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE COTTAGE CHEESE October 27, 2012
What started out as a potentially intriguing film falls victim to a sluggish pace and a ridiculous unsatisfying conclusion. David Arquette as creepy unbalanced Robert is a far cry from SCREAM's gentle Deputy Dewey, but his ability to sustain his evil hinders the overall impact of the movie. The rest of the cast is okay, but the sisters' performances are ultimately bland and unconvincing.
THE COTTAGE pulls an unexpected twist that's just too contrived to be credible. A potentially good thriller sabotaged by its weaknesses.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I like David Arquette and he is certainly the best thing about "The Cottage," but that's about the only endorsement that I can give this low-budget chiller. The story at the heart of this film might have been creepy and provocative had it been explored with any sort of depth, but the end result is more cheesy and comical than scary or disturbing. I love that the DVD cover proudly proclaims that "The Cottage" is "based on a harrowing true story" because the screenplay is about as far from plausible as you can imagine. That still might have been OK if the sordid tale had not taken itself so seriously. With a bit more humor, this might have been redeemed as campy fun. But as is, it's just another "thriller" that is completely dependent on every character making the dumbest choices possible at every moment. And with so little thought to writing identifiable protagonists, I didn't much care what evil fate befell this rather lifeless brood.

"The Cottage" starts with a surreal scene of violence that raises one's initial expectations. But after this brief moment of intrigue, the main story initiates and it will be a LONG while before anything exciting happens again. We are introduced to an ordinary family looking to sublet the guest house in their back yard. Kristen Dalton and Victor Brown are the rather bland parents and their two teenage girls are unnecessarily creepy. One is a rebellious troublemaker and one is a shy do-gooder, but neither seem particularly realistic. Enter Arquette as a potential tenant. He is so over-the-top as the perfect candidate, you know he'll only bring doom and destruction.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all... October 15, 2012
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The amount of times people were captured without a weapon or real threat was unbelievable, if you tried to kidnap me that way you would be dead. Then the husband and daughter go missing, meanwhile the mother keeps calling the cell phones casually asking where they are, she then thinks someone is in the house so decides to walk the house IN THE DARK.. Hmm, two members of my family have gone missing, and I have a crazy tenant, let me turn all the lights off, leave my baby and walk around the house with no weapon. SO UNREALISTIC.

Also you wouldn't leave your baby for a second if you felt under threat, yet the baby was constantly left alone to get kidnapped 3 times, you didn't learn the first time around? Then the car the baby is in which is driven by a teenager with no weapon at 5 miles an hour drives by you, and instead of chasing the car you scream and cry as if it's hopeless, really??

I want my $3.99 back, I want the 2 hours of my life back and I need a new date as mine left after I picked this movie..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected for straight to DVD October 11, 2012
This is one of those movies that is obvious who the bad guy is but the trip to the end is what makes it a great movie. There are some original ideas and great one liners and they did a great job making it entertaining for cult movie buffs as well as the general public. David Arquette's performance was one of his best and Kristen Dalton seamlessly pulled off one of the hardest roles of the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no! July 7, 2013
Don't waste your time on this one. Without having some level of empathy for "those in peril," it's hard to get worked up about the danger they're in. And the viewer can't empathize with any of these characters. They have names...but that's about it.

The plot, such as it is, just meanders along, with faint attempts at creepiness with no follow-through. And there are so many holes in it, it's practically lace: A successful novelist who can't afford to fix a blown muffler? Cops who just shrug and toss their hands? One daughter finds a key bit of information, but never mentions it? People disappear and no one is concerned?

Although it's only about ninety minutes long, my viewing experience felt like twice-that. Worst of all, it sets itself up for a possible sequel.

No, no, NO!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"You left the door unlocked you obviously wanted me to come back in." After the tenant that Chloe (Dalton) and Michael have set for their cottage falls through romance novelist Robert (Arquette) answers the ad. After meeting him the family thinks they have the perfect person to move in and are excited. But like most things in life some things are too good to be true. This is true in all genres but I think that casting in horror movies has a lot to do with how creeped out you get watching. I have always wanted to write a "Silence Of The Lambs" type movie starring Roma Downey (from Touched By An Angel), to me that would be creepy just because of who she is. Most people know David Arquette has a comedic actor in movie like "Eight Legged Freaks" and "See Spot Run" which is why he comes off so creepy in this. He gives a very laid back performance and the movie has the same vibe as "Hand That Rocks The Cradle" or "Fear". The movie itself isn't that original and if it weren't for Arquette it would be forgettable, but his performance gives the film the extra dimension it needs to make it genuinely creepy and very watchable. He took the movie from an OK made-for-TV movie to an entertaining movie movie just by who he is. That is hard to do. Overall, an OK movie made much better by the casting of Arquette. I give it a B+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it
Published 23 days ago by Kathy
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired Mistakes of Credibility

From beginning to end, I was wondering how such a good premise could come off as being so placid and, sometimes, even embarrassing.

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Published 11 months ago by Jonny Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars will pass the time....
the suspense was eh but the thought of David Arquette being able to (spoiler) have his own harim of women that he can convince to go so far as to kill their entire family is... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cindy Sherlin
2.0 out of 5 stars No real plot
A lonely guy with woman everywhere doing god knows what for hm. Kidnapping young girls was not very interesting. The girl was stupid fokr turning on her own parents. Read more
Published 15 months ago by amelia allen
2.0 out of 5 stars meh
Actually, it was forgettable. I saw this a couple of months ago and I can't remember what it was about.
Published 15 months ago by Cam04
4.0 out of 5 stars The cottage
Rented this film for the plane ride. It kept my attention and was scary. I was surprised at the ending though, but don't want to tell for those that haven't seen it yet.
Published 15 months ago by Kindle jacket
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything with David Arquette.....
I'd watch anything with David Arquette in it. He was nice looking in this movie, and he played a strange role, as usual. This film had a flowing story, odd as it was. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Delilah Cutzan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie (but sickening/twisted)
This was a very good movie but it was sick and twisted. The lead actor did a great job of making himself look like a sick/unstable man (mentally). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Litha Sonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!
Just an all around EXCELLENT movie I would recommend watching this if your into Thrillers/ Horror movies this is absolutely mind boggling!!
Published 16 months ago by Paula
4.0 out of 5 stars Convincing story line
The plot kept me on my toes- certainly wanted to finish the entire movie- Thought it was a pretty good movie
Published 17 months ago by lin
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