Saturday, November 19, 2011

Closed for the Season (2010)

After taking an evening off from blogging trying to organize the 21 boxes of fabric and vintage clothing that we picked up the other day, I decided to write-up another find from the local Family Video Store. This entry is the 2010 thriller Closed for the Season.

Plot/ Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young woman finds herself terrorized by the living memories of the park. She must break free from the park's grasp before she becomes its next victim.

 As a fan of the old carnival and amusement park feel, I found this decently entertaining, showing a nice mixture of before and after amusement park scenes. Unfortunately, that days-gone-by atmosphere is truly the finest part of this flick. Somewhere or somehow this low-budget independent movie seemed to lose focus and flair, never truly embracing to the finer points of the story and allowing it to breathe. More surreal reflection or fantasy than horror or thriller, this film suffers from very uneven pacing and the CGI effects (and some of the costuming) really drag this one down. The acting is OK, and the storyline is solid, but that can do nothing to overcome the laughable effects. If you are looking for a straight horror movie, stay away from this one.

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