Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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…
Um, did someone forget to film an ending?
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.
In one of the only cases I can recall, I actually wish this wasn't a horror movie. Because around that, you have a fairly tense little b-level crime story going on with some great actors, namely A.J. Bowen. It's mean and has an interesting set up. But then we have this janky, tired, horror film that takes over and it just drags into forgettable territory. The majority of that angle is spent with girls tied up and tortured, because that's new territory of course, before it turns into an underwhelming costume for a guy that just runs around cutting people. Same as every other fucking movie on whatever streaming service you prefer. Bleh.
In all fairness I appreciate that it was well-acted (not everyone stepped up their game though), I felt the torture of the two girls in the first act but I tell you right now, it felt more like a cat and mouse thriller rather than an actual horror film. The incorporation of a weird creature was totally random plus the creepy sound effects. The "sacrifice" subplot disturbed me as well.
Hoop-Tober 2.0 Film #7 of 31
Jesus, I couldn't even last 10 minutes into this one without turning it off, it sucked so bad. Avoid this one like the plague.
I will never use the word "formulaic" in a negative sense when talking about a genre film. Horror in particular relies on formula. That being said, I can tolerate boring as long as its scary, and I can tolerate unscary as long as it's not boring. This is boring and unscary. How's that for a formula?
Cf. Blood Creek
Rites of Spring caught my eye for two reasons: 1. I adore Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. 2. The poster is so badass that it kept catching my eye on Netflix, et al, thus it was fated that I watch Rites of Spring.
But fate can be a cruel motherfucker.
Rites of Spring is two separate stories that awkwardly flicker back and forth until the last half-hour or so, at which point they come together in some horrifying mutant mashup, even though neither actually feels like it belongs with the other. It's a shame that the two stories were treated like that, since it isn't inconceivable that separated, unmutated, and fleshed out, both could be compelling in their own right.…
Pues me perdí, de pronto había sangre y de pronto había niños.
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…
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.
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…