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Off Season, The

2.0 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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In an attempt to get away from it all and to pursue a life long dream to write a novel, New Yorkers Kathryn and Rick settle down for the winter in a dingy motel in Maine. Their neighbors are quite odd, but there's something much more bizarre occupying this seaside dwelling.

Special Features

  • 30-minute "Making Of" Featurette

Product Details

  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • 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: #116,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Off Season, The" on IMDb

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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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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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I initially rented this movie many years ago and was really happy to find it for sale (used) on Amazon. I'm one of those people that watches movies over and over and over to pick up the quirks. I'm a nut for locations as well - this one was shot in Maine. This is a low-budget film to be sure, but it's got that creepy "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" thing going for it. Isolation, small town, creepy happenings, odd characters - it's all very real in a surreal kind of way. No blood and gore - just creepy. And fans of Phantasm will be surprised to see Angus 'The Tall Man' Scrimm as a non-threatening old man - there's a switch huh? Give it a try.
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This is one of the most unbelievably poor attempts at a movie that ever I have seen, at least among those which attained public release, the more so on DVD, at that! You've heard of haunted houses, right? Try an haunted motel room. Yeah, it does not make the grade! The movie is very poorly paced, atop its visual limitations (poorly filmed, anyway). There are reams of non-sequiturs in the plot and in its many visual gaffs, too, what (politely in this case) would be called "bad continuity". This is not even a low-budget horror film of passable quality; "The Off Season" is certainly not "film noir", as some have labelled this product; it is "film scum".

However, if one seeks a movie to play on the DVD player as a "party film" (i.e., one to laugh at, from its relentless amateurishness, when one has company over), this is it! I and friends watched this one twice holding our sides roaring with mirth. Then I gave away the DVD as a mock birthday present to one of them (and then gave him the real gift afterwards!), to the unmitigated laughter of all at his party.

For all of that, "The Off Season" goes on much too long, with (among all of its other shoddy ingredients) too many side-plots and rambling toll of incidents of tiresomely little consequence, to sustain its feeble substance. Thus it is likely, after a lot of "yucks", simply to put you and your pals to sleep.
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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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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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