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DVD Shopping Bag: The Rites of Spring

Spring? More like Sprung.

By Robert T. Trate     November 27, 2012
Source: Mania.com

 What sways you for movies these days? Back in the day, I would walk into the video store where I worked and pick films based on the box. Word of mouth is also a good way to discover hidden gems that may have alluded you. The video store supplied that in droves along with what films people were constantly asking for, which, in turn, made me want to see it. 

Today, trailers are uploaded to YouTube and IMDB and, with a few keystrokes, I have everything I need to know about a film. When I first encountered the Rites of Spring, it was the poster that caught my eye. I found some concept art and the trailer. The grind house style of filmmaking is always a double edged sword, but I thought I’d take the chance. Who knows, I might just be surprised. There was one other factor that made me decide to pick up Rites of Spring, the distributor. IFC, The Independent Film Chanel, carries some weight with me. I love what they have brought to cable and to distribute a horror film, well, that really had me interested. 

The plot is simple enough as it involves kidnapping and extortion. A young girl is going to be taken from a very wealthy man and held for ransom. The four kidnappers don’t plan on hurting the little girl. No, they only want the money. Immediately, we can see that one of the kidnappers, Ben (AJ Bowen), is uneasy about this. He has financial problems and this will be the end to his dilemmas. After taking the girl, Ben’s boss, Paul (Sonny Marinelli), goes outside “the plan” and ups the stakes by killing the girl’s mother. Unbeknownst to our kind hearted kidnapper, this is now a murder and extortion heist. 

All this happens as we learn about the characters in a very low budget and straight forward setting, which there is absolutely nothing wrong with. Reservoir Dogs has one main location and the acting just takes over the piece. Here, however, our cast of thieves is unlikable, stereotypical and just dull.

The hook to the film is that the gang’s rally point is located off a main stretch of road just a few miles from a farm. As we have seen in the prologue, this is no ordinary farm. The old farmer has, meanwhile, kidnapped two young ladies and strung them up. First, their blood is to be fed to the creature living in the barn’s cellar to test. Then, they are stripped naked and have an animal’s fake head placed on top of their own.  Finally, they are presented (in whole) to the barn creature.  When this monster is revealed, it is horrible, hideous, and looks like a guy in rotting scarecrow mask. It’s as if Michael Myers was kept in the basement all these years instead of at the sanatorium. Can you guess where where our victims and kidnappers end up running to when everything goes wrong?

Obviously, this film is a low budget/ independent attempt at a Dusk till Dawn type movie. Where Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez had the advantage of a built in audience and good actors to play with, The Rites of Spring has zilch. The film lacked little in surprise or suspense. Our creature/ killer called “Worm Face” does everything you would expect a character of his nature to do. He is unstoppable, methodical, and ever so persistent. So much so that the film never actually ends. When all was (sort of) finished, I felt as if I just had my time stolen from me, which is never a good thing. 

So where does the fault lay? A clever poster? The PR firm hired to cut the trailer? No, I blame IFC. The label used to carry some weight as a distributor and marketer of independent films that had some caliber. This was shlock, gore, and stupidity with no redeeming qualities. It will be a long time before I trust the IFC label again.  

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

Cartel War Starring Dwight Hicks, Roberto Sanchez, Jack Lucarelli

Lady In The Death House Starring Jean Parker, Lionel Atwill, Cy Kendall and Marcia Mae Jones

Lawless [Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy] Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jason Clarke

Lawless Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jason Clarke

ANIME

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King Starring Hiroaki Iwanaga, Takahiro Sakurai, Toa Yukinari

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King [Blu-ray] Starring Hiroaki Iwanaga, Takahiro Sakurai, Toa Yukinari

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu - Irohanihoheto: Coll 2 [Blu-ray] Starring Daisuke Namikawa, Etsuko Kozakura, Junichi Suwabe

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu - Irohanihoheto: Coll 2 Starring Daisuke Namikawa, Etsuko Kozakura, Junichi Suwabe

Serial Experiments Lain: Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Ruby Marlowe, Celeste Burche and Emily Brown

Stash House [Blu-ray] Starring Dolph Lundgren, Briana Evigan, Sean Faris and Jon Huertas

CARTOONS

ParaNorman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick

ParaNorman Starring Leslie Mann and Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Transformers Prime: Season Two [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Cullen and Frank Welker

CLASSICS

badge Of Honor Starring Buster Crabbe

Lady Of The Lake Starring Percy Marmont and Benita Hume
Lightnin Bill Carson Starring Tim McCoy, Lois January and Rex Lease

Long Shot Starring Gordon Jones, Harry Davenport, George Meeker

Prairie Pals Starring Lee Powell, Art Davis and Bill ""Cowboy Rambler"" Boyd

Ring Around The Moon Starring Donald Cook, Ann Duran and Douglas Fowley

Rubber Racketeers Starring Ricardo Cortez, Rochelle Hudson and Milborn Stone

Sombrero Kid Starring Don ""Red"" Barry

Vigilantes Of Boomtown Starring Allan Lane, Robert Blake, Roy Barcroft and Peggy Stewart

Women In The Night Starring Tala Birell and Virginia Christine

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Christmas in Compton Starring Eric Roberts, David Keith and Orlando Brown

HORROR

6 Degrees of Hell Starring Corey Feldman, Nicole Cinaglia, Joe Raffa and Jill Whelan

6 Degrees of Hell [Blu-ray] Starring Corey Feldman, Nicole Cinaglia, Joe Raffa and Jill Whelan

The Apparition (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraVi... Digital Copy Combo Pack) Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton

The Apparition Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton

The Day [Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo] Starring Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore, Michael Eklund

The Day Starring Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore, Michael Eklund

Experiment: Who's Watching You Starring Matthew Shephard

Hostel/Hostel 2/The Tattooist/The Hunt for the BTK Killer - 4 movie set Starring Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Lauren German

Rites of Spring Starring AJ Bowen and Skylar Burke

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

Men in Black 3 (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones

Men in Black 3 Starring Will Smith, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones

Men in Black 3 (Three Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones

TV LAND

Luck: The Complete First Season Starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz and Nick Nolte

Luck: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] Starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz and Nick Nolte

Maigret - Set 5 Starring Bruno Cremer, Stanislas Crevillen, Pascale Roberts

Perry Mason: The Eighth Season, Vol. 1 Starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper and Ray Collins

Stargate Atlantis: Season 5 [Blu-ray] Starring David Hewlett, Joe Flanigan, Jason Momoa and Paul McGillion

BOX SETS

Men in Black/Men in Black 2/Men in Black 3 Giftset with Worm Figurine (Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copies) Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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mellowdoux 11/27/2012 10:19:41 AM

 In a lot of ways that just sounds like a remake of "Malevolence".

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