Directed by Elliot Passantino
Written by Elliot Passantino
Running time 65 minutes
So you probably notice right off the bat that there's some missing info, mainly casting... Well that should tell you something on this one folks! My usual go to's for back info wiki, Imbd, etc have almost nothing on this one, its like no one wants to take credit for being apart of this quasi experimental/psychedelic homage film, and I can kind of see why.
I was perusing the titles over at The Movie and Music Network recently when this one caught my eye. I should have known better when the title was so long that it took a breath mid sentence to say it, but on the other hand, you cant convince me that the title wouldn't tempt you too! The marketing is brilliant and further pushed my curiosity and who can blame me?? I threw caution to the wind after reading their well worded synopsis, but I knew I could be walking into to trap. I mean I'm not an idiot, they did compared themselves to early Craven and Franco, here see for yourself!
"The east coast of the US has been besieged by apocalyptic terrorist attacks. Friends Carl and George take flight. They seek supplies at an eerily quiet farmhouse only to meet a farmer named Marbas Hiram. They discover that Marbas is the crazed overseer to a basement full of women, some who worship him as a deranged Messiah. They discover the farmhouse is actually the gateway to Hell! Evoking the trippy style of Jess Franco and the savage intensity of early Wes Craven, ""Season in Hell"" is a surreal psychedelic homage to the 70's era of horror films."
Sounds good right??? Yeah, not sure good is the proper term! I'm still kind of trying to figure out where that synopsis came from, I mean some of it fits but.... Hmmm let me start at the beginning with this one...
Next we move on to two young guys in a car that's almost out of gas and with limited financial resources and nothing open between where they are and the Canadian border where they hope to be to escape the fall of the american society. They see a farmhouse in the distance and decide to pull off in hopes of finding some supplies to help get them across the border. Instead they are met by Marbas (who by the way sounds like hes trying to impersonate Larry the Cable guy) the farms owner, he eventually invites them in for some cold ones and then beginnings to spout off for few resulting in an eventual invite to bed down for the night before hitting the road again. And that my friends is when things took a turn from bad d rate movie to something that I am still trying to mentally digest...
Up to this point the film had been shot very traditionally albeit traditionally badly. However once the the guys for no apparent reason head down in the middle of the night to investigate the basement, the film becomes something completely different than what you have thus far been watching. I wont go as far as to say it gets better, but it definitely changes. I found myself more interested, it was like a train wreck of bad symbolism, every possible camera trick, cut always, color manipulation trick and every single swipe option available on whatever free editing software they used, and that still doesn't really begin to express just what they did film wise. It was an almost constant kaleidoscope of images, changing color effects, camera angles, shaky cam, and transitions from one image to another for no real apparent reason. It was a film experiment gone mostly wrong with some occasional moments that were so bad that they became sort of good for me, although my partner in crime would strongly disagree! And I can definitely understand why, but I have watched and enjoyed some of the crazy weird films of Coffin Joe and Jess Franco and believe me Elliot Passantino is neither lol but he was obviously inspired by them and was giving homage or trying to.
This is a film that you are either going to find some redemptive qualities in or you wont, there's no in middle ground. I was left giggling at the crazy absurdity of it all, the oh so bad of it that it became a sort of perversely painful good of sorts. But as I mentioned earlier my partner in crime who watches most of the movies with me, he was a whole different story. The film left him with a irritable with a headache and a deep remorse for the time he had lost, that he realized was now gone forever. It wasn't pretty folks!
So even in the best of terms this one is still just a bad clusterf*ck of a film, and it will be entirely based upon personal taste and individual thresholds of painful viewing as to whether this one will appeal to any one or not. I would feel fairly safe saying if you were into the trippy nonsensical drug sploitation Coffin Joe films, you may like this one, but the audience will no doubt be pretty limited.
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