The MotorVu drivein theater here in Parma has had “Closed for the Season” on
its marquee for some months now… so… I wrote the following article for the
Western Canyon Chronicle, our local small town paper.
This movie has been running for a long time at the MotorVu drive-in, so I
thought a review might be in order.
Getting into the movie was very easy and inexpensive, and I had no trouble
finding a good spot to watch. The first thing that struck me was the chilling,
forboding feel of the cinematography: the shadowy, eerie visuals were hard to
follow but gave a sense of gloom and menace that was positively gripping. In
fact, in all the time I was there not a single person left their car to visit
the snack bar or the restroom. The musical score fit the tone perfectly;
drawing on the minimalist and ambient music styles, it made effective use of
remote traffic noise, the hiss of wind through tall grass, and once the
distant plaintive whistle of a train.
There are no well-known actors in the cast, and I fear that none will become
well known as a result of this movie; the character development is glacially
slow and the characters’ motivations left me totally in the dark.
All in all, this is a good movie to kill time… If you prefer it dead.John