Rites of Spring

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"Fear has a season"
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • 4.5  (2,267)
  • 33

Rites of Spring, released in 2011, is a horror-thriller movie directed by Padraig Reynolds. The film has a runtime of 80 minutes and stars AJ Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, and Sonny Marinelli in the lead roles. The movie opens in a rural area during the spring season, with two groups of kidnappers waiting to ensnare their victims. The first group, led by the ruthless Peltzer (Marinelli), is planning to kidnap the wealthy daughter of a businessman. The second consists of a more desperate group led by Alden (Bowen), who have kidnapped two college girls to sell them to a human trafficking ring. Both groups decide to hold their captives at an abandoned farm, unaware that something sinister and supernatural is happening in the area.

As they reach the farm, they find themselves stranded with their hostages, as their cars don't start, and their phones don't work. It soon becomes apparent that they are not alone and there's something lurking in the darkness, hungry for fresh blood. As the night progresses, the kidnappers and their captives find themselves being hunted by a mysterious figure, who is carrying out a ritualistic sacrifice, marking the beginning of "The Rites of Spring."

Meanwhile, Rachel (Ramsey), a young woman who has come to meet her estranged father, is stranded on a rural road in the area. She runs into the local sheriff (played by Marco St. John) and his deputy (played by Shanna Forrestall), who are investigating strange occurrences in the area. They soon realize that something sinister is happening and that it is connected to the abandoned farm.

The movie continues to build tension as the characters struggle to stay alive and evade the ritualistic killer. The film's pacing is slow but steady, with effective jump scares and a constant sense of dread. The film's strength lies in its atmosphere and tension, which is set up by the eerie music score and the haunting visuals.

Director Padraig Reynolds does an excellent job of creating a tense and eerie atmosphere, effectively using darkness and silence to build tension. The movie's sound design is exceptional, with unsettling sounds and whispers creeping up in the darkness, adding to the horror.

The performances of the cast are commendable, with AJ Bowen and Anessa Ramsey delivering strong performances. AJ Bowen's portrayal of Alden, the desperate kidnapper, is commendable, as he successfully captures the desperation and fear of his character. Anessa Ramsey's portrayal of Rachel is also noteworthy, as she successfully conveys the character's vulnerability and strength.

The movie's cinematography is another high point, with the dark and shadowy visuals adding to the horror. The rural setting is effectively used to create a sense of isolation and hopelessness, with the abandoned farm becoming a character in itself.

To sum up, Rites of Spring is a horror movie that effectively uses tension and atmosphere to terrify its audience. The movie's dark and shadowy visuals, eerie sound design, and commendable performances make it a must-watch for horror movie fans.

Rites of Spring is a 2011 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5 and a MetaScore of 33.

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    4.5  (2,267)
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