Closed for the Season (2010)

logoDirector: Jay Woelfel

Writer: Jay Woelfel (Screenplay)

Starring: Aimee Brooks, Damian Maffei, Joe Unger, William Waters

 

Plot: Trapped in a forgotten amusement park, a young woman (Kristy) 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.

 

Verdict: Has You Thinking

 

Story: We follow a young lady who wakes up in an abandoned theme park, haunted and chased by people and creatures she teams up with a local young man to figure out what is going on. They both get led around by a mysterious carny and have to go around on all the rides.

Now I am a fan of a horror film that has mystery about it and this really keeps you guessing on what will happen and what just happened. It does turn into one of those mystery ghost stories which contain jumps but don’t push for anything over the top. I felt by the end it would go a couple of ways but I wasn’t sure which one it would be, so I think that offers something refreshing in a horror like this. The final reasoning does come off a little bit disappointing, well from what I understood from it. For low budget this shows strong story telling instead of just going for a slash and grab horror. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Aimee Brooks: Kristy the young lady who wakes up in the park, though we never truly get explanation to why she was there. She trusts a local stranger to help her escape what seems like an endless nightmare. Good performance from Aimee who shows she could be a horror queen if she wanted to. (7/10)

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Damian Maffei: James local stranger who gets up to try and help the helpless lady in the park, he ends up getting caught up in the maze. With both having nightmares he gets caught up in the much more deadly ones. Good performance in the supporting lead role. (7/10)

 

Joe Unger: The Carny mysterious man full of riddles and clues to what is going on, he brings the young couple along to play his games. Good performance from Joe who makes the role his own. (7/10)carny

Support Cast: Each member of the supporting cast is other people in the fair, and one old friend who might hold the answer to everything.

 

Director Review: Jay Woelfel – Good direction to create an interesting horror on such a low budget. (8/10)

 

Horror: Is a mystery horror so makes you think which works well, but don’t expect too much gore. (7/10)

Thriller: You do get caught up wanting to know what is happening. (8/10)

Settings: With nearly the whole film being set in an abandoned fun fair it makes for a great isolated setting. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Good practical effects used to show for the gore moments, but the CGI moments are bit poor. (6/10)

Suggestion: This is something to try it may end up being too slow for some people but does reward if you like a mystery side to a story. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Mystery is good

Worst Part: The opening computer effects could turn people off as they are terrible.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $250,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: Welcome to the carnival of fear

 

Overall: Smart Thriller That Keeps You Guessing

Rating 70

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