Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jason reviews Rites of Spring

Wow. Where to begin? How about with some deets on the plot: 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.

But boy oh boy, is that just the beginning of this highly entertaining throwback to the horror flicks of the late 70s and early 80s. Rites of Spring is the kind of movie John Carpenter would have made in his heyday. It's that good.

Yes, some of the acting is wooden. And the film just kind of ends, all Texas Chainsaw Massacre like. But -- and this is a heavy but -- nothing plays out quite as expected. There's the kidnapping plot AND another plot that has to do with the rites of spring. The way these two stories converge, and the slasher-film goodness that comes of it, are totally worth the watch.

Kudos to A.J. Bowen and Anessa Ramsey, who pull off great performances here, not that that's what we're all about in The Basement. Is there blood? Yes. Boobies? Yup, but not in a fun way. hotties? More than enough eye candy is present thanks to Ramsey, Katherine Randolph, and Sarah Parchelli.

The last 33 minutes of this movie play like gangbusters, satisfying all your horror needs. And the villain of the piece is pretty badass. This is a must for genre fans, and one I will watch again . . . and likely again and again. It's a Good. Give it a go!

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