The Mean Season

(Phillip Borsos, USA, 1985)


From its attention-grabbing credit sequence, intermingling a newspaper printing press, fast-motion clouds, Lalo Schifrin's disco score and a cold-blooded ritual murder, The Mean Season is a compelling ethical drama pitched mid-way between an episode of Hill Street Blues and a tough B movie by Samuel Fuller.

Kurt Russell plays a world-weary investigative reporter selected as public-relations conduit by an anonymous serial killer – an ambiguous stroke of fortune for the writer's career, with dire moral implications and a potentially fatal pay-off.

© Adrian Martin January 1993

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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