I were very lucky to attend a media screening of 'The Cottage' on Tuesday, thanks to a very kind contact. I took a friend along who was very keen to see the film as well (they are a big fan of The League too & as she had missed seeing Reece in a performance of 'The Producers' in Cardiff she was due to go to cos she was ill I thought I'd make up for it by getting her a ticket to this preview screening)
Anyway, it's a great film, full of twists and turns - an exhilarating 90 minutes.
The film takes an original and unusual approach for a horror film which contains some very gory elements in that there is so much emotional investment in the main characters. Its this which makes the film stand out. There is an emotional depth that makes you care about them and what happens to them, especially in the relationship between the two brothers played by Reece and Andy Serkis.
All the cast are excellent but Reece is truly outstanding - a very funny, wimpish, likeable, pathetic, vulnerable almost tragic character. He really does hold the film together - it's a brilliantly subtle and multilayered performance. He brings so much to the role, not only comedically, but emotionally too.
The Cottage is a superb mix of comedy and horror with a set of great characters at the heart of it. You care about them and the circumstances that have brought them together. Much of the comedy comes from the interaction between the central characters and how they react to the ever worsening situation they find themselves thrust into. There is some very impressive gore as well and a real sense of sadness at the heart of the film. Its brilliantly scripted and superbly directed.
It's just a great film, not just a great horror-comedy film.
Both Reece and the film's director Paul Andrew Williams were at the screening. I'm so pleased Ellie (the friend who went with me) got to talk to Reece cos I know she really wanted to after not managing to at the Phoenix Cinema event.
I really wanted to speak to him, to congratulate him on the film and his performance, but I was just too scared.
Anyway, I hope we can support this film and Reece and all go to see it when it comes out in March. He really does shine in the film!