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Closed for the Season (Region 1 Edition)


Starring: Aimee Brooks, Damian Maffei and Joe Unger
MTI Home Entertainment
RRP: $24.95
Certificate: Not Rated
Available 23 August 2011

A teenage girl finds herself trapped within the confines of an abandoned amusement park. She is visited by ghostly characters from the old carnival, and recurringly by a clown, who appears to be trying to tell her something. Each time she makes it to the gates, she wakes up in the back of a long-time wrecked car and the cycle begins again, but with differences. When she meets a boy, he helps her to realise this harks back to a situation which happened to her as a child, and that the park is playing out its memories. But is he even real, as nothing else is quite what it seems. Just what is going on...?

This is an extremely awful film; what my dad used to call ‘a lot about nothing’. The idea of filming a supernatural horror film in an abandoned amusement park in Chippewa Lake Park, Ohio, is an intriguing one - especially as it has a reputation for being haunted. However, we are plunged into a nonsensical arrangement of running around and, frankly unscary, set pieces, without any setting of the scene of characterisation. Similarly, there is no proper reveal at the end. To describe Closed for the Season as a Scooby-Doo plot would be to insult the classic cartoons. I never did discover if Mr Jenkins the Caretaker was responsible.

I’m unable to comment on any extras, because I received only a copy disc for review. I return you to the last sentence of my synopsis: Just what is going on?

We tried to make a rubbish film without anyone noticing, and would have got away with it if it wasn’t for that pesky reviewer.


Ty Power

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