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3.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • 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 (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I34ZDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By lunakasha on February 17, 2013
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This movie started out with some potential as a nice little suspense thriller, not unlike "Pacific Heights" or "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle". I was buying David Arquette as the creepy new tenant, who could quickly change from charming/likable to dark/twisted, especially during the scene with Annie (just before he comes into her home, uninvited, for the second time).

Unfortunately, the writers had other ideas in mind.....and none of them worked for me. I didn't like the idea that Robert is some kind of Manson wannabe with young women willing to do horrible things to please him. The last 30 minutes of the movie were literally painful to watch, and not just because of the gore and violence. I found the whole thing unbelievable and almost laughable, which I am sure was not the intended response.

The acting was OK for the most part, except for the two teenaged daughters. I found them both to be hard to watch, but maybe that was more about the writing than the acting. I just didn't like either one of them, so it was hard to root for them at all. David Arquette did a decent job with what he had to work with, but.....this just wasn't good at all.
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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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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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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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--- SPOILERS ---

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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