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The Off Season (2004)

Don Wood , Christina Campanella , James Felix McKenney  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Wood, Christina Campanella, Angus Scrimm
  • Directors: James Felix McKenney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5KJK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Off Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 30-minute "Making Of" Featurette

Editorial Reviews

In this haunting tale, Rick and girlfriend Kathryn get away from the hectic city life and settle in for the winter in a dingy motel in Maine. They make a crucial mistake by checking into Room #13, which is possessed by the demonic spirits of murdered gue

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than a B movie! January 21, 2006
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Format:DVD
This movie was a waste of 1 hour and 30 minutes of my life. I can not even tell you how bad it is. It is not even about ghosts really. A couple stay at a hotel, the writer gets drunk, moves to L.A. and leaves his girlfriends, who ends up getting sick and fired from her job. Thats the story. Along with the end where some ghost goes inside the girl. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY BUYING OR RENTING THIS MOVIE. YOU WILL TRULY REGRET IT IF YOU RENT THIS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If it had a Plot, you could bury it. May 6, 2006
Format:DVD
Poor Acting, poor Direction and poor continuity, trail you through some of the worst dialogue, and inept script I've seen in years. In the "The Off Season", everything is off including the season.

My wife and I watched it and laughed through all the whole thing. One scene comes to mind. Inside the motel room you can see it's pouring rain and the male lead goes outside and there's no rain in sight, but, you can still hear the pouring rain. He goes back into the room and the rain is back. Priceless.

My True Rating is 0 Stars. Rotten Movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Knew we were in trouble when... October 21, 2007
Format:DVD
My wife and I knew we were in trouble when, still at the video store, we noticed the review on the DVD cover said "THE MOST HAUNTING FILM SINCE 'THE SHINNING'". Yeah, that's right. "THE SHINNING". My wife kicked me in the shins after we watched the film to see if it was true. Yep, it was haunting. My shins still hurt.

The only bright spot in the film was Mr. Scrimm and his believable character, and his 'Prairie Dog' song was beautiful, and it may be the most haunting thing I've seen since 'The Shinning'.

At least we got a lot of housework done while watching it in the background. "Thanks for doing the laundry".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Despite Flaws August 18, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie has a loveably amateurish quality. The actors lag along some of their lines, trying to maintain momentum through the bad pacing that's imposed on them. The action is riddled with horror movie clichés that echo The Shining or Psycho.

There's the cliché of the movie's premise itself. A young couple takes up residence in a small-town resort motel during the off-season so that the man can have the quiet he needs to work on his play. There's the cliché of the man's assurances that he's progressing with his writing, when in fact something else is going on with him. There's the cliché of the tension over what sort of assault the woman is going to face as she takes a shower.

In spite of these flaws though, I enjoyed the movie and would give it a mild recommendation. It has some genuinely spooky moments. But it's main success lies in its characters. The film is populated by some people with memorable personalities who really talk to each other. This makes it a lot more interesting than most of the slick, strictly action-packed major movie productions.

The elderly, slightly doddering motel owner won me over with her heartfelt regret at having supplied the couple with a stain-prone mattress for their unit. And the eccentric retired rodeo rider in the next unit is equally winning.

Actor Angus Scrimm (could that be his real name?), who plays the retired rodeo rider, brought his own unique contribution to the movie. He wrote the song he sings in nostalgia over his days on the circuit out West. Mr. Scrimm sings a snatch of this song in the movie itself. But we are treated to his full rendition in the DVD's Bonus Materials.

Listen to this last part of the "Making of Off Season" at your own risk. Mr.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars almost decent... but almost doesn't count... November 7, 2005
Format:DVD
And neither, really, do good intentions. Regardless of how little money the filmmakers had and how little time to shoot, this is simply not a good movie. Budget and time constraints do not excuse poor plotting, bad acting and generally unimaginative direction.

The story - what there is of it - involves a couple who are renting a motel for an extended stay in Maine. After discovering someone's left quite a mess in the bathroom of the original room they were to stay in, they're moved to a different room. One that has secrets, causes nightmares and mood swings, where the telephone receives calls from VERY long distance. You know, it's haunted.

Underneath all of the poor execution, there's a decent film - maybe even a good one - trying to be made from this concept. Unfortunately it remains buried. The first thing noticeable in the story is the uniformly bad, BAD acting. The only person who turns in even a reasoanble perfomance is our lead actress. Everyone else is way below par, the lead actor especially. You'll also notice a script that isn't complete enough for a feature length film without having some pretty mundane moments extended for several seconds to pad the running time (how long was that one guy planning on giving the old landlady the finger?) which of course ruins the pacing. In fact the development of the story shows evidence of pretty awful timing. Questions about who's haunting the motel and why aren't really even raised until about the last 3rd of the movie, and the answers are then rushed on us as well. Dialogue is fairly tedious and at times outright horrible.

Still, there are a few inspired moments. The first dream sequence was somewhat eerie and had me thinking that this could be a decent film after all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesn't Love a Stinker?
I initially rented this movie many years ago and was really happy to find it for sale (used) on Amazon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by johnthebaker
1.0 out of 5 stars For Shame!
WARNING: Everyone who has written a 3 star review for this garbage is in some way connected to it. Same goes for Netflix. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Patrick Bateman
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't EVER EVER waste you money on this piece of crap!
Calling this movie a "piece of crap" is probably a gross understatement and if I could give it 0 stars I would. Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by C. Watson
2.0 out of 5 stars Tries to be different but falls flat.
The Off Season is about a young couple who moves into a motel room in a small town in Maine so that Rick, the boyfriend, can work on his writing. Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by Anja Rebekka Schultze
1.0 out of 5 stars Old Orchard Beach... love the place
I was thrilled when this movie began as the car approached the center of Old Orchard Beach in the rain. Read more
Published on September 11, 2007 by The Politically Correct are *SO-o* Freedom Phobic !
2.0 out of 5 stars Not all that good, not all that spooky
This movie looked reasonably promising--until I put the dvd into the player. Even before the movie began, I began to suspect that the movie was lower budget than I had expected,... Read more
Published on September 3, 2006 by K Scheffler
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 good things
I only rented this move to see Angus Scrimm in action. I could barely stay awake during this film. Half the time the movie is showing people moving around in a motel room,... Read more
Published on July 14, 2006 by Michael A. Sharpe
1.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't there a choice for a zero star?
My question is Why isn't there a choice for a zero star?, because this movie deserves one! I have to say that this is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Read more
Published on May 9, 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't there a choice for a zero star?
My question is Why isn't there a choice for a zero star?, because this movie deserves one! I have to say that this is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Read more
Published on May 9, 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't there a choice for a zero star?
My question is Why isn't there a choice for a zero star?, because this movie deserves one! I have to say that this is probably the worst movie I have ever seen. Read more
Published on May 9, 2006
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