Here's the rule: If you have $50 to make a movie, don't over complicate things. Keep it simple and make it interesting, and the lack of budget won't matter as much. Clocking in at just under 2 VERY long hours, Closed for the Season was anything but simple.
Closed for the Season is the tale of Kristy; a hot chick who got scared at an amusement park when she was a kid. So traumatized was she, that she decides to go back there in her 20's, to like, confront her fear or something. As luck would have it, she finds herself trapped in the creepy park and unable to leave, along with some guy named James, who is very mysterious and... no, mysterious is good enough.
|So it's like an eternal blind date?|
The movie attempts to be a Psychological Thriller, with our main characters "trapped" in their childhood memories by an old amusement park. Yes, it's a haunted park, and it really goes to great lengths to con people into never leaving. It's not a bad premise at all, and in fact, it could be one hell of a good ride if done right, but it's far too uneventful and boring to get much of a rise even out of the most casual Horror fan.
|The actors even fell asleep during their scenes!|
We also have to admit that the movie looked pretty good in most places, and was shot competently. As for the Horror elements present in the movie... well, there weren't really any. Some of the CGI was bad, and even downright laughable in some places. The clown wasn't creepy. The lake monster made me do a double take and question if this was supposed to be a comedy or not. And the atmosphere the director was going for never really came to fruition, which is the real shame of it all; the old abandoned amusement park that they used for the shoot was perfectly creepy, and could have been put to far better use.
|Seriously, what is that? LOL!|
The great Horror movie makers of yesteryear became great because they made something out of virtually nothing; these days, Horror filmmakers tend to take nothing and make it into more nothing. I guess maybe they just think themselves great right out of the gate, and their movies end up suffering for it.
|At least she wears a tank top well. That's a positive, right?|
Aimee Brooks. Please.
*FYI: These pics of Aimee Brooks are from Monster Man, not Closed for the Season, so if you're looking to see her all scantily-clad, look there, not here.