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Rites of Spring
Fear has a season
A ransom scheme turns into a nightmare for a group of kidnappers who become victims of a horrifying secret that must be paid every spring.
It seems like the idea here was to take a clichéd crime movie, marry it to a clichéd horror movie, and somehow the end result will transcend its origins.
Add the fact that 80% of the acting is horrendous, the two disparate story lines don't actually connect until the third act, and that the ending will piss off literally everyone, and I can't believe I've written three whole sentences about this movie.
sucks to be me because i got this and SPRING mixed up, one i rly want to see one i did not. i was at least relieved that despite its throwback looking poster this wasn't another faux horror of old homage that is FUCKING DONE TO DEATH, but it wasn't exactly great either.
i like my horror to have a little humour about it, so this wasn't really to my tastes, plus there are loose ends not tied up, and i found it hard to follow at times.
at least i can cross another AJ Bowen film off my list though, i dig him.
Rites of spring es de esas películas que mientras se están viendo, se disfrutan y se pasa un buen rato, con su dosis de suspenso y algunos momentos sangrientos divertidos, pero que al otro día ya no se recuerda con el mismo cariño. Como que se siente que durante la noche, la experiencia perdió fuerza.
Como sea, es un experimento interesante. Rites of spring podría ser dos películas de terror: por un lado, una historia en la que un maniático secuestra a dos guapas para ofrecerlas en sacrificio y por el otro, un thriller en el que unos criminales secuestran a la pequeña hija de una familia adinerada para salir de sus problemas económicos. Las historias se desarrollan…
This film would be more successful--possibly, certainly riskier--if the vaguely-political kidnap thriller and the pagan survival horror threads failed to actually tangle. Just a thought.
Two girls get kidnapped and taken to some barn. There's something not right about this here barn. Evil rural vibe going on (look at that kick ass poster). Ominous shots of corn.
A.J. Bowen off of You're Next showing up. Has these two parallel stories going on for a while, really feels like two separate movies, some sacrificial horror tale and a pretty bland crime thriller. Creeps along slowly, not necessarily boring, just lacks urgency. Becomes a straight up slasher film when the two stories combine. I liked that idea but I think more should've been made of the fact that these two different movies sort of crash into each other. Some good gore nut the creature thing sucked.
Rites of Spring attempts to merge the crime film with horror and to be honest, it does a decent job of things, though neither one excel and the result of the two merging doesn't either. But what's left is a fun film that goes by nicely.
The kidnapping, ransom half of the film never becomes all that intriguing, but certainly hold the attention, but the horror element actually starts off very interesting and you really do start to wonder just what is going on with this guy that's seemingly preparing the two hostages for some kind of sacrifice to a creature he has trapped in a basement. The problem is that we never really get any kind of explanation. One…
A lot of screaming. A lot of running around in the dark pursued by a masked madman. Typical. Very typical.
This movie couldn't make up its mind about what it wanted to be--a crime film or a slasher/creature movie. Even if it settled for one or the other or was able to effectively blend the genres, I don't think it would have helped much.
Neither story is developed--nor are the characters, the acting is completely flat, and it literally just ends with no real resolution. I let the credits play through while writing this and there's an after credits sequence that either completely disregards the film's ending or shows that the main reason why the horror narrative happens doesn't matter. Or both.
Rites of Spring is a clichéd, mash-up mess of a movie with some decent cinematography and editing.
It's A Slow Burn, But If You Can Make It Through The Last 25 Min Is Pretty Good.
Um, did someone forget to film an ending?
Rites of Spring is two separate stories that eventually converge.
In one story, a couple $300,000-in-debt come up with a plan to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy man. They bring in another guy who is a little bit of a wildcard and who creates tension within the group.
In the other story, local women go missing and their bodies are never found. In an early scene, we see two women discussing an incident at work while sitting in their car. As they talk, a man sneaks up and captures them, bringing them to a remote cabin and affording viewers an opportunity to find out what's happening to the local women.
Neither story is especially interesting, and neither is elevated…
What the fuck was that meant to be?
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
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