Offseason (2021)
June 11, 2022 9:53 AM - Subscribe

Upon receiving a mysterious letter that her mother's grave has been vandalized, Marie travels to the desolate island town where she's buried. Just as she arrives, the island closes for the season, leaving Marie trapped in a nightmare.

Currently streaming in the US on Shudder.
posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Woozy, atmospheric, and genuinely unnerving. Riffs on Dead & Buried and Messiah of Evil, eventually going Lovecraftian. Very much worth seeing.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:54 AM on June 11, 2022

The classic summoned by a mysterious letter setup feels like a throwback in this day and age, this is a bit “This meeting could have been a phone call” the movie. But I appreciate that it jumps right into the weird immediately on arrival. Pretty good!
posted by rodlymight at 7:26 PM on June 11, 2022

Yeah, I will forgive a movie a lot if it manages to set up a good atmosphere, and this one really did with its dreamy, desolate off-season beach town. I got strong Carnival of Souls vibes from it. The actual plot I was pretty meh on throughout, but that did not hamper my enjoyment.
posted by whir at 5:57 AM on June 12, 2022 [1 favorite]

Beat me to it DirtyOldTown. I was going to post this Friday! It brings the weird very quickly.
posted by miss-lapin at 4:11 PM on June 12, 2022

Despite loving folk horror/Lovecraftian-sinister-villagers-with-a-secret movies, I was really disappointed by this one! I definitely didn't feel the atmosphere others were impressed by, though I probably would have been more generous if I wasn't familiar with the main shooting locations and therefore mad about how the movie didn't live up to the simultaneously charming/lost in time vibe of New Smyrna Beach.
posted by quatsch at 1:47 PM on June 16, 2022

I did not recognize the actress as being the lead from House of the Devil

It reminded me a little of The Beyond but not as just whack shit trash as that. I feel like this movie really needed something else, and some better dialogue mayhap.
posted by fleacircus at 11:00 PM on June 16, 2022

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