Spring (2014 film)

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Spring
Spring (2014 film) POSTER.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Justin Benson
  • Aaron Moorhead
  • David Clarke Lawson, Jr.
Written by Justin Benson
Starring
Music by Jimmy LaValle
Cinematography Aaron Moorhead
Edited by
  • Justin Benson
  • Aaron Moorhead
  • Michael Felker
Production
company
XYZ Films
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05) (TIFF)
  • March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language
  • English
  • Italian
Box office $49,970[2]

Spring is a 2014 American romantic body horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead and starring Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker.[3]

Plot[edit]

Evan, a young American man, loses his mother to cancer. The next day, following his mother's funeral, gets into a physical altercation with another man while drinking at the restaurant he works at, resulting in the loss of his job. His friend advises him to travel to get his mind clear. Evan travels to Italy. He meets a flirtatious girl named Louise, whom he is initially suspicious of, but becomes more interested in. To pursue his relationship with Louise he takes a job at a local farm and starts living in a small town in southern Italy.

Louise, who initially rejected Evan, finally has sex with him without using a condom. The next morning she wakes up before he does and leaves. When Evan is wandering the town later, he catches sight of Louise and talks to her again. They later explore the town together. After a few dates, Louise asks Evan about his family story. Although he is reluctant to reveal details, he relents and then asks Louise to tell him something about her. Louise takes out the contact lens from her right eye to show Evan that she has heterochromia, and that her eyes have different colors. Evan sees the same condition reflected in the women on many of the paintings in the museum and also on the cover of a book. One night, Louise is having dinner with Evan when her skin condition starts getting worse. She runs off the street and is followed by a tourist who mistakes her for a prostitute. Louise unwillingly kills him after she mutates into a reptilian creature.

Evan, who has been working illegally on the farm, has to leave when immigration police make a visit there. As he has nowhere to go, he goes to Louise's house. The door is chain-locked, through which he sees blood on the floor and hears a strange voice. He breaks the chain to open the door and finds an octopus-like creature on the floor wearing Louise's dress, trying to reach a syringe. He quickly picks the syringe up and injects it into the creature's neck.

Louise reveals to Evan that she's a 2,000-year-old mutant. All the pictures of women with dual eye color, including the one on the cover of the book, are of her. Every 20 years in spring she gets herself pregnant, and then her body uses cells in the embryo she carries to recreate her while she changes into different creatures during the process. Evan is shocked and leaves. Louise follows him and keeps telling him more about the condition. She reveals that she did not use a condom during intercourse with Evan in order to purposely get pregnant. She also reveals that if she falls in love with someone, her body will produce oxytocin, a hormone which will keep embryo cells from consumption, resulting in the loss of her immortality. Evan asks if she is in love with him, to which she replies she is not and also that she would not give up her immortality for anyone.

Evan then asks her to spend her last 24 hours with him before she re-evolves. They spend all night talking to each other. In the early morning Louise takes Evan to the ruins of Pompeii, where she was born, and tells him her family history. The time comes and Evan makes one last attempt begging her not to change, to which Louise replies that she does not control it, her body does, and it has started to change, meaning she may attack Evan. Louise lies down with her head on Evan's lap as he refuses to go and tells her about the experience of being mortal and all the positive aspects to it while she changes. The nearby volcano erupts before a calm and resigned Evan looks down at Louise when a grotesque sound is heard. However, he finds Louise still in her current human form, indicating she fell in love with Evan and became mortal.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Spring premiered on September 5, 2014 as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.[4] The film received a limited theatrical release on March 20, 2015 through Drafthouse Films[5] and a video on demand release a day later through FilmBuff.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports a rating of 88% based on 49 reviews, with a weighted average score of 7.4/10; the site's consensus states: "Rich in atmosphere and intelligence, Spring is a singular horror film with a sneaky, lingering impact."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a normalized score of 70% from 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

Jon Dickinson of SCREAM: The Horror Magazine gave Spring a 5 star rating, stating that it "transcends all genres to deliver a story that feels entirely unique…a monster you won’t want to miss."[9]

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has highly praised the film, stating that "[Spring] is one of the best horror films of this decade." He added that it is one of the only Lovecraftian films "that has blown me away."[10][11]

Accolades[edit]

Austin Fantastic Fest
Palm Springs International Film Festival

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack was composed by Jimmy Lavalle.[14] The soundtrack was released on March 25, 2015 by Lavalle's own label, Eastern Glow Recordings.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spring (15)". British Board of Film Classification. April 21, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Spring (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (March 23, 2015). "'Spring' Clip Sacrifices for Life (Exclusive)". Bloody Disgusting. 
  4. ^ TIFF.net | Spring Archived February 14, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (February 13, 2015). "Spring Trailer Grows Up". Dread Central. 
  6. ^ Miska, Brad (February 13, 2015). "Horror Will 'Spring' to Life In this Lovecraftian Love Story". Bloody Disgusting. 
  7. ^ "Spring". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Spring Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Dickinson, Jon (March 22, 2015). "SPRING: Film Review". Scream: The Horror Magazine. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ Guillermo del Toro [@RealGDT] (July 10, 2016). "Just in case I wasn't clear: Spring is one of the best horror films of this decade. And the only Lovecraftian film that has blown me away" (Tweet). Retrieved July 14, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  11. ^ Guillermo del Toro [@RealGDT] (July 10, 2016). "@RealGDT Other than "Alien" and "Possession" of course" (Tweet). Retrieved July 14, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  12. ^ The 2014 Fantastic Fest Awards Recipients | Fantastic Fest
  13. ^ Spring - 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival
  14. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (March 20, 2015). "Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead Talk The Music Of 'Spring' (Interview)". Bloody Disgusting. 
  15. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (March 19, 2015). "'Spring' OST Available Early Next Week: Tracks Included In BitTorrent Bundle". Bloody Disgusting. 

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