Mickey keating he is no stranger to homage. Can you feel the impact of The x files other Invasion of the body thieves in Sheath (revision). Roman polanski Repulsion was an obvious influence on Dear (revision). Carnage park (review) presents elements of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the films of Quentin Tarantino and Sam Peckinpah. With PsychopathsAs Brad Miska wrote in his review, Keating was inspired by Paul Schrader and other colorful and vibrant psychedelic films of the 1970s. His latest feature, Out of season, choose to take a somewhat unexpected route.
Marie (Jocelin donahue, The house of the devil) has just suffered the death of his mother (Melora walters, appearing in flashbacks). After receiving a mysterious letter informing her that her mother’s grave has been vandalized, she and her partner George (Joe swanberg, V / H / S, you’re next) travels to the site of his mother’s grave – a desolate island village completely shrouded in mist, only to find that the locals are quite hostile and an evil presence lurks somewhere on the island. Then, Marie must make her way through the misty place, unraveling the mystery of why she was brought there in the first place. Sounds familiar?
Keating has made something of a business card by imitating (or imitating?) Other directors in his films, so that will be the main obstacle you will have to overcome before you can see Out of season on their own terms. If you can do that, the movie has a lot to offer. I shoot through the bluest of blue filters, Out of season boasts an impressive visual style. Keating can get a bit flashy with his camera work, but he keeps the camera moving, staying glued to Donahue at all times as his situation grows more dire.
Budget constraints are an issue here, and they’re pretty obvious, given the amount of screen time Marie spends walking around a mist-shrouded island and reacting to things. There are two standout sequences that poke fun at what Keating could do on a bigger budget if he allowed it, but sadly they are just that: pranks. Perhaps one day Keating will receive a quote that suits his vision, because he has shown enough talent during his nearly 10-year career to deserve it.
Keating has also assembled a plethora of recognizable character actors to bring some conflict to Marie’s journey. Richard Brake other Jeremy gardner Cameo in short roles, each adding their own threat to the proceedings, but this is Donahue’s movie. A welcome presence in any horror movie since its debut in Ti West The house of the devil, Out of season I would be nothing without her. Due to the aforementioned limited budget, there is not much of a chance that the special effects will work, so it is up to Donahue to make the audience feel the terror that she is feeling, and she takes it out of the park.
Narratively speaking, there are not too many surprises in Out of season and the plot doesn’t have enough meat on its bones to justify its already meager 80-minute runtime. The scares are limited, but it’s all about the atmosphere here; other Out of season got that in spades. Fog is the film’s trademark, but it’s more than a gimmick, adding a certain mystique to the island’s settings (a forest, a desolate city, a deserted beach). At least the movie is beautiful to watch.
Out of season Too often he steps on familiar territory and there isn’t really enough plot here to warrant a feature film, but Keating’s strong visual style and Donahue’s endearing presence make it a movie worth watching. It won’t blow your mind, but as an exercise in technique, it’s certainly visible.