Films that are currently or have previously been available on the streaming horror movie service Shudder. Listed in alphabetical order…
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.
Hadn't heard to much about this movie but decided to give a shot because of the swankie, retro looking poster, unfortunately it ended up being a bit of a disappointment. The first half of the film see's two separate stories run concurrently to each other, one see's two college girls being abducted by a softly spoken, psychopathic farmer for what looks to be some sort of harvest ritual, the other see's a group of criminals break into the stately home of a rich family and kidnap the young daughter so they can demand a ransom. We are also shown the occasional glimpse of some sort of monster living under a trapdoor in the farmers barn. We are never really sure…
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.
Um, did someone forget to film an ending?
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…
HOOP-TOBER 2015, Part 2: Monster Movie
After this and "Body Bags", my maiden excursion with Hoop-Tober is not off to a satisfying start, but the horror movie genre is notoriously hard to depend on, qualitatively. You gotta put up with a lot to find ones you like, in my experience.
I barely even know what to write about "Rites of Spring" other than the word "useless". It's not even all that much a monster movie like I tried to categorize it for this Halloween challenge. There's some kind of inhuman boogeyman that chases some people out in the middle of nowhere, but it looks and acts like a guy wearing a cheap Halloween costume, and not even an effectively decorated…
I did kinda like it but it was slow somewhere in the middle toward the end and I hoped for more cult-y or supernatural mythology related to the ritual and first day of spring bloodlust. It felt a bit made-for-tv except for the violence. The acting was so-so for the most part. I was interested in this from the little synopsis blurb, title and poster.
Part of the 'how to be a feminist challenge'
Film #1 Task #18 A movie with less than 15% on rotten tomatoes
Shit I know why this is rated so badly now. It wasn't god awful or anything, but all I even cared about was the character Rachel. The last 10 min or so really kick ass though, but not enough to redeem blandness of the rest of the film.
Part kidnapping caper, part monster movie, part slasher....all insufferable
Full Review @ Bloody Good Horror
I think the main character spent the entire movie crying.
Boring. Tries to throw some originally in it as far as a kidnapping, but fails to explain the killer. Left me bored and uninspired.
"Rites of Spring", which was written and directed by Padraig Reynolds, is a retro-slasher that manages to maintain interest, despite a degree of plotting inadequacies and unrealistic plot developments. The film has two plot lines that eventually converge - in the first Rachel (Anessa Ramsey) and Alyssa (Hannah Bryan) are kidnapped from a car park and awaken to find themselves naked and strung up in an old barn. As the two women struggle to free themselves, their kidnapper (Marco St. John) goes about a number of bizarre rituals revolving around a strange creature in a pit and culminating in a cornfield ceremony praying to a goat's head skull. Meanwhile a gang led by the ruthless Paul (Sonny Marinelli) kidnap Kelly…
'Rites of Spring' is a slasher monster movie that tries to mix horror and crime drama with little actual success.
As the film starts we learn that each spring women in this part of rural America go missing and have never been found, and we get to watch as two young women, Rachel and Alyssa, being attacked and kidnapped by an old farmer. When the two women wake up hanging from the ceiling in a rundown old barn they discover that their captor intends to offer them as a sacrifice to some kind of creature.
In the midst of all of this we are given a second story, of a group of criminals who kidnap the young daughter of a…
Farmer-witches, sacrifices and corn-fields. Kind of a dime-store The Wicker Man with a strange kidnap/ransom b-story thrown in. Relatively watchable, but gruesome though.
Two women are kidnapped and served up as sacrifices for a wormy-eyed creature only referred to as the Rites of Spring. Meanwhile, a group of lowlifes kidnap a rich family's daughter and demand a ransom. Although, one lowlife isn't as much of a lowlife as the other lowlifes. Both groups collide. It kept me watching with some interest. Too much time is spent with the kidnappers. Most of the movie, actually. It takes too long to really get going, leaving mostly the last half-hour to be anything resembling horror movie. Unfortunately, said last half-hour turns into a by-the-numbers slasher. When the Rites of Spring worm-faced dude is down to his final victim, he becomes inexplicably incompetent, doing whatever he can…
This is such a good challenge I just had to do it.
1. a movie about a group…
Now turned into a streaming service personal horror watchlist. I'm keeping the list title as it is for ease of…