Dead Season (2003) – By Brian Morton

Have
you ever read one of those true crime books? Sure you have, we all have
at some point. There’s just something interesting about the fact that
somebody decided to kill someone for no reason at all. We all have to
wonder what goes on in the minds of guys like John Wayne Gacy who keep
dozens of dead bodies under their house like you or I would store our
Christmas decorations. It’s horrible enough that you can’t take your
eyes off it, and the people who read these true crime books too much
can become like Trekkies! They obsess over the crimes and the authors
who investigate and write about them. That’s what Dead Season is about,
a true crime author and his biggest fan.

Dead Season is the story of Lucas Swan an author whose one book has
made him a huge star in true crime book circles. You see Lucas lives in
Craven Cove, which is apparently a town that claims more serial killers
than any other. More have been born there, or passed through and some
even killed there. Well, Lucas has written about one in particular, Sam
Risher, who killed several people in Craven Cove but remains uncaught.
But, Swan hasn’t written any new books in a while. Enter Jennifer
Barrett, or as Swan knows her, Seagull. Seagull is Swan’s biggest fan
and is determined that he writes a new book. Well, Seagull has come to
town at just the right time, because Sam Risher is back and the killing
is starting again!

Dead Season is a murder mystery first and foremost and it’s a pretty
good one too. The ending is something that I didn’t see coming, and
sets up perfectly Swans decent into madness. Randal Malone stars as
Swan and he seems to be channeling the spirits of both Divine and
Vincent Price…and I mean that in a good way. The rest of the cast is
very good and there’s even an appearance by Joe Estevez as Marvin a
sadistic jail guard. And keep your eye on writer/director Ron Ford as
the mentally challenged Clayton Rivers; you’ll swear that Ron is
actually a little slow!! (Just kidding, Ron!).

Dead Season is another fine effort by Fat Free Features, and even
though it features the same house that was used in The Crawling Brain,
I can forgive that, the sets are dressed slightly differently and the
story is what Ford seems to be hanging his hat on here, not the set
design. If you’re a fan of the true crime genre or know someone whose
obsessed with it, or if you just like an interesting mystery you’ll
enjoy Dead Season. If you want this or any other of Ron Ford’s Fat Free
Features drop on over to http://www.ronfordfilms.com
and check them out, they’re well worth your time! And remember, it’s
not a true crime if no one saw you do it and the best movies are bad
movies!