Closed for the Season (2010)
Not Such a Fun Ride
When Kristy loses her toy animal in an amusement park she returns the next day with friends only be told by a guard that the park was closed and yesterday had been the last day of the season. Never the less she sneaks in and finds the amusement park is a very different place with nothing as it seems and a whole lot of creepy going on as what ever she thinks about seems to come to fruition.
I honestly believe that those who wrote a story should not be left to their own devices when it comes to directing the movie. They may know the story better than anyone and so know what they were picturing when they wrote it but at the same times they are so close to the story that they sometimes forget the audience doesn't know it as well as they do. That is part of the issue with "Closed for the Season" as writer and director Jay Woelfel has delivered one of those movies which ends up feeling incomplete with chunks of narrative missing, making it incredibly hard work for the audience.
But I like the basic concept of this amusement park which is like another dimension when Kristy re-enters with a whole lot of strangeness going on from shifts in the time continuum, ghost operators of old rides, demolishing equipment having a life of its own and old memories coming to life. But as I said it is all incredibly disjointed which rather than creating a sense of mystery as to what is going on only ends up being annoying. Add to the mix is that this feels like a really low budget production with camera work which feels almost all first take as they didn't have the time or money to do things again. It means in the darkness of night people are not clear and frequently seem to slide out the edge of the frame.
What this all boils down to is that Jay Woelfel has in "Closed for the Season" a good idea for a movie but one which doesn't work not only because budget limitations but also for the fact it is far to0 disjointed.
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