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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 (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5KJK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,763 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

Customer Reviews

This movie looked reasonably promising--until I put the dvd into the player.
K Scheffler
The actors lag along some of their lines, trying to maintain momentum through the bad pacing that's imposed on them.
R. Schultz
No one close to them had the guts to just tell them how terrible they are at making movies.
Patrick Bateman

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 21, 2006
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 By Jonathan D. Lawrence on 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 By audreydog on 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 By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on 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 By S. Wayne on 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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