The Off Season (2004)

PG-13   |    |  Horror

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A couple stay in a dingy motel in Maine to try and escape their hectic lives, but are haunted by spirits of previously murdered guests.



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25 April 2006 | drownnnsoda
| Man, oh man
I think this one goes down as the worst horror film of all time, if not the worst film of all time. And I'm really not kidding.

I was misled into watching this piece of garbage when I spotted the cover at a local Hollywood Video rental store. The cover looked promising, and I was thinking this would be a millennial indie horror spin on "The Shining" but I was so very wrong (note: I later noticed that on the cover, a critic (must've been a dumb one at that) quoted this "The scariest horror film since The Shinning". Yes, "The SHINNING").

This film is basically about a couple who move into a cracker jack box hotel room at some cheap seaside hotel, and they begin to see weird stuff in their ten-foot by ten-foot room that is somehow related to the hotel's past.

The only thing remotely memorable about this film is Angus Scrimm's performance (well known as The Tall Man from "Phantasm"), but other than that, the rest of the film is just complete and utter trash. I will say this film created a sense of claustrophobia considering 99% of it took place in that tiny hotel room, but it was just plain awful. If it was trying to be an exercise in claustrophobic horror, it failed miserable. If it was trying to be an exercise in horror at all, it also failed miserably. Terrible acting, extremely weak script, nothing scary at all, really bad cinematography, etc. I'd say this is even way below your average B-horror film. Avoid at all costs, unless you want to laugh and make jokes for 90 minutes. Even then, I don't think sitting through it is even worth the laughter. 1/10.

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