Monday, October 24, 2022

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 24: Offseason (2022)


Well, they can't all be winners!

I watched Offseason on a whim, primarily because it stars Joceline Donahue, the lead actress in The House of the Devil, one of my all-time favorite horror movies, and because it was on Shudder, and therefore was easy to watch. It starts off promising, with Melora Walters as a clearly terminally ill woman giving a disturbing monologue from her sick bed. Some time later her daughter (Donahue) gets a message that her mother's grave has been vandalized, so she and her husband (played by perennial mumblecore presence, Joe Swanberg) return to the desolate Florida island she used to call home, and which her mother never wanted to return to. Pretty soon we find out why.

The parts are all there, the setting is eerie, and the acting is good. But it all felt like something I had seen before, and done better before, ultimately leading to an ending that was completely predictable.

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