Three Vietnam vets have become so conditioned to violence that they have developed psychotic tendencies. They kidnap people, brutalize them, then turn them loose and hunt them like animals. However the father of one of their earlier victims is plotting a vicious revenge against them. Written by
Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>
Veteran Spanish actor Simón Andreu is credited with the role of "Barman" in the cast listing during the credits of all three of the English-language versions, but his performance not actually present in any of those prints in the versions which have turned up on home video. See more »
When Ken and Artie climb the bluff, Ken is carrying a bolt action rifle. But after they split up and Ken returns to the lodge, he enters the cabin carrying a pump action shotgun. The rifle is never seen again. See more »
OPEN SEASON (retitled RECON GAME in the UK, on video) is one of the classics of it's genre (i.e; crazed vietnam vets!) This cycle ran through the 80's, up untill the point were audiences got sick, or the stars of these movies, ended up making themselves looking older than they actually were. OPEN SEASON, though, has the advantage of being directed by PETER COLLINSON, and also by having a all-star cast (FONDA/LAW..yes LAW and HOLDEN) The only movie that comes close to this film, in terms of intensity, is WOLF LAKE, with the late, great ROD STIEGER, or WILLIAM FRUET's HOUSE BY THE LAKE, with exploitation legend DON STROUD.
Anyway, this movies cast and credentials, put it far beyond standard 'shlock' movie standards, and the plot reflects this. If any criticism may be be aimed at this film, it must be it's misleading title.This movie is not entirely about a human hunt, but more a study on the effects of vietnam, and the people that came back from it. All the performances are spot on, and also bonus points too, for the (sometimes) haunting cinematography and theme tune.
For people, who like this sort of plot, but are not into 'older-movies', then may i suggest SURVIVING THE GAME, that also features an all-star exploitation cast
Big lee gives OPEN SEASON, 9 and a half, out of 10
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