Fun Size Review: A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929)

This stylish British suspense film concerns a jealous barber who takes a straight razor to the gentleman farmer who has the audacity to date the prettiest manicurist in the salon. Definitely worth seeing but the stylistic flair soon becomes overbearing (to an almost unintentionally funny degree) and there is a fan theory that the creepy homicidal stalking barber was just a Nice Guy pushed too far. Very victim blamey. Still, director Anthony Asquith keeps the story moving, the international cast is very good and there is some commentary on the then-inevitable sound transition.

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How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The barber breaks jail, all the loose ends are tied up (kind of) and then he gets himself shot because we needed a dramatic ending. It’s all rather manipulative.

If it were a dessert it would be: Sriracha Chocolate Cupcakes. Definite culty, hipsterish following that borders on the creepy obsessive.

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD.