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Offseason (SXSW) review

The latest feature for Mickey Keatings (Carnage Park) takes a woman to a mysterious town after receiving letter, before coming engulfed in a living nightmare.

From the outset, it feels like we are in the hands of an unreliable narrator in Ava, as she investigates the desecration of her mother’s grave. Slowly we get to learn her backstory and realises that all is not what it seems.

The townsfolk feel like they have been plucked straight out of Twin Peaks, with the weather forecasts of Silent Hill and sprinkles of Lovecraft stories.

Where Offseason does struggle is with its repetitive nature as Ava is constantly running it appears from part of town to the other with not a sole in sight whilst being fairly unconcerned by the apparent disappearance of her partner.

On the other hand it does craft some memorable and nightmarish scenarios that feel almost plucked out of a video game. Offseason is stylish and does offer something different with a chilling and intense finale.

Offseason screened as part of the SXSW Film Festival 2021.

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