11 items from 2012
Director: Padraig Reynolds
Running time: 80 minutes
Synopsis: A kidnap and ransom plot turns into a nightmare for a group of desperate criminals who become victims of a horrifying secret that must be paid every spring…
Debut writer-director Padraig Reynolds’ Rites Of Spring may not surprise many with its opening, which is another retread of something we’ve many times before. It’s the familiar old supernatural/slasher yarn, with a welcome flash of elements from the kidnap/crime story, adding something extra, albeit not very special. What lifts the film is the actual coming together of the two genres. Following the introduction, we’re introduced to Rachel (Ramsey) and female friend drinking in a bar. One bears the guilt of losing her company millions in a major business deal, even though someone else has taken the blame. »
- Craig Hunter
If you've been disappointed by this summer's lack of horror, or are craving the type of true creature feature usually reserved for October, you're in luck! As IFC Midnight will be releasing Rites of Spring in select theaters this Friday, July 27th. Directed by Padraig Reynolds, this greasy little caper follows a group of kidnappers who unwittingly drag their hostage into the nest of a mysterious entity that needs to feed on a spring time sacrifice. We caught up with star Aj Bowen, a horror genre mainstay whose made a name for himself in such films as The Signal and The House of the Devil, to unwrap some of the secrets surrounding Rites of Spring.
Here is our conversation.
Did you always intend to fall primarily into the horror genre? Or is that just something that has »
The chilling supernatural horror/thriller Rites of Spring, written and directed by Padraig Reynolds, is being screened in New York City on July 27 with a Q&A by the director to follow. And we've got a pair of tickets for one lucky fan.
The screening will be held at the IFC Center on July 27 at 11:59 pm Et. Rites of Spring stars Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph, Marco St. John, Shanna Forrestall, Sarah Pachelli, Hannah Bryan, James Bartz, Andrew Breland, and Skylar Burke.
As for the ticket giveaway, the first reader to send an E-mail Here including your name and the answer to the question What is the name of the supernatural creature featured in Rites of Spring? will win two tickets to the screening and Q&A.
- Doctor Gash
By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
Every once in a while an Indie Horror Movie steps up and rears its head above the rest.
The intrigue surrounding the upcoming horror film Rites of Spring continues to grow, and now we have a peak of the creature known as "Wormface" for you to feast your eyes upon (don't worry, it's not a spoiler).
The film, written and directed by Padraig Reynolds is a bit of a genre mash-up starring Aj Bowen and Anessa Ramsey that starts out as a kidnapping flick and ends up becoming creature feature. And no, that's not a spoiler.
Rites of Spring hits theaters and will be available nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, Xbox Zune, Playstation Unlimited) on July 27, 2012.
A group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. »
The upcoming indie creature feature, Rites of Spring has media outlets chattering, big time. Dare I say for good reason? This feature sounds like everything one could ask for from a horror film: malicious kidnapping, ransom… an absolutely grotesque monster. Sounds like a dream flick right? Padraig Reynolds writes and directs this seasonal chiller, which offers forth an impressive cast made up of Katherine Randolph (Jarhead), Anessa Ramsey (The Signal), Skylar Burke, Hannah Bryan (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism) and indie horror stud, Aj Bowen (The House of the Devil). »
*here be some spoilers. Director/writer: Padraig Reynolds. Cast: Katherine Randolph, Anessa Ramsey, Aj Bowen, Hannah Bryan, Marco St. John and Sonny Marinelli. Rites of Spring is Padraig Reynolds' first feature as director. This title is meant to be the first of three pictures that deal with a Pagan god, of sorts. The film found here brings two genres together in a compelling fashion: a crime thriller and a horror film. This blend of formulas brings new life into the slasher film. As well, Reynolds, shows a lot of quality and dedication in this first feature. Rites of Spring begins with a series of disappearances. Unbelievably, these disappearances continues for twenty-four years. And, no one thought to call the FBI? With that unusual plot point aside, an older farmer stalks a couple of women leaving a nearby bar. He captures them. Later, he tortures, humiliates, and bleeds these two »
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In the indie horror flick Rites of Spring, some kidnappers snag a rich kid and then hides out in an abandoned building. Unfortunately for them, it’s the most dangerous spot they could have picked because there’s something monstrous waiting to take its yearly sacrifice. From writer/director Padraig Reynolds, it stars A.J. Bowen, Katherine Randolph, and Anessa Ramsey. Check out the trailer for yourself. It’s a good reminder that stealing children might be a bad idea. Rites of Spring hits theaters in New York on July 27th. Source: IFC, Movies.com »
- Cole Abaius
"Fear has a season!" Coming to select theaters and VOD July 27th is Padraig Reynolds's crowd-pleasing thriller Rites of Spring. This gritty, edge-of-your-seat ride follows a group of kidnappers who abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite, hiding her in an abandoned school out in the middle of the woods. Feelings of guilt soon overtake the group, dividing the captors and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices. We have three exclusive photos from this IFC Midnight treat. Check out genre favorite Aj Bowen and Anessa Ramsey moments before their lives take a drastic turn for the worse.
Rites of Spring is available nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, Xbox Zune, Playstation Unlimited) starting July 27, 2012.
Rites of Spring comes to theaters July 27th, »
Tagline: "Fear has a Season." IFC Films is getting set to release the thriller Rites of Passage. This title blends the supernatural with a kidnapping plotline. Socialites are targeted, but so are the kidnappers. A creature lurks near their hideout. Fans of the bizarre can see this title through video-on-demand July 27th. For now, the official poster is shown here with one character in dire straits. Cast and crew details are below. Release Date: July 27th (Video-on-demand). Director/writer: Padraig Reynolds. Cast: Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Marco St. John and Katherine Randolph. Source: IFC Films. 21 June 2012. Press Release. | | | Advertise Here - Contact me Michael Allen at 28Dla Subscribe to 28 Days Later: An Analysis Email Subscription
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'Rites of Spring', the latest offering from IFC Midnight and writer/director Padraig Reynolds is set to hit digital outlets on July 27, 2012, so mark your calendars, horror fans! The film (now available to watch in theaters) will be made available via not only IFC Midnight cable VOD, but also iTunes, SundanceNOW, Amazon Streaming, Xbox Zune, and Playstation Unlimited. The film also features the stellar acting talents of Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Marco St. John and Katherine Randolph.
Synopsis: A group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices. »
In the spring of 1984 five teenagers went missing including Mississippi Beauty Queen Tara Grinstead. Then suddenly, the disappearances stopped. But the following spring it began again with the vanishing of a string of young girls, most notably Wendy Mullins, honours student and valedictorian of her graduating class. For the next 24 years the disappearances continued. No bodies were ever recovered.
Flash forward to 2008 and after a night out drowning her work-related sorrows, Rachel and her friend are drugged and taken captive by a strange old man right in the parking lot. At the same time a group of kidnappers hatch a plan to take and ransom the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. However their plan goes awry, and not just because one of the gang plans to double-cross his fellow kidnappers…
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11 items from 2012
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