Offseason is a movie that I been paying close attention to due to having themes of folk horror mixed with elements of Lovecraftian horror. After watching, I can say it’s more or less a retelling of a familiar tale.
The plot is about a woman summoned to Lone Palm Island to investigate the cause of the descretion of her mother’s grave. She finds herself unable to escape and is trapped with the Island’s mysterious inhabitants.
The movie is a slow burn, with small hints that something is not quite right. Everyone seems suspicious and know more than what they are telling. It’s only a lone fisherman who seems helpful to the woman. She remembers a tale her mother told her about the Island, and when she repeated the tale, I knew the reference instantly even though the word demon was uttered. The movie is divided into chapters, each one taking the woman deeper on her journey.
Eventually things get dark with the citizens disappearing, and then eventually turning up seemingly possessed. Except there’s another theory as to what is truly going on. Most of the scare factor in this one is based on fear of the unknown. The woman doesn’t know what is going except the fact her mother is part of it, and there are ulterior motives as to why she called to the Island. The film’s ending confirmed to me where this story was going, and let’s just say I was very pleased.
If you enjoy folk horrors that challenge you to think and pay attention to every detail, then you will enjoy this movie. Even more so if you are a follower of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Once you watch it, you will understand what I mean when I said it was a retelling of a story that has already been adapted to film before. This flick is currently streaming on Shudder if you decide to give it a chance. If you already seen Offseason, feel free to leave your thoughts below!
Till next time, stay scared!