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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.

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This movie is about Rachel and her friend who are taken by someone while in a car park while changing a tire. They wake up in a strange barn tied up and frightened. They know that things are going to get worse. The reason why they are abducted becomes clear as there is a horrible secret in the town where girls have gone missing each Spring for many years, and this year is no different. Meanwhile a group of kidnappers are plotting to take the child of a prominent business man and his wife. They take the child and go to a farm where they wait to get their ransom. The two groups collide when Rachel escapes but is chased by a stranger wearing a mask of some sort. She runs to the farm where the kidnappers are and all hell breaks loose. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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Better Than Average Low-Budget Horror
11 July 2013 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

"Rites of Spring" is a competent low-budget horror movie with a fairly interesting storyline that follows two seemingly unrelated situations as the paths of the two protagonists ultimately prove to converge and as the circumstances surrounding their connection to each other become clear. The result is part film noir, part slasher fare. But, for me at least, the plot kept me intrigued for the length of the movie.

While not necessarily ambitious, the special makeup effects were at least effective. Direction, cinematography, sound, and other "film stuffs" were all solid, at least to this casual viewer. Nothing stood as amateurish, which is obviously a potential concern for low-budget films.

The weakest aspect of this film, in my opinion, was its rather abrupt and somewhat anticlimactic ending. I was left with the feeling that the filmmakers had simply exhausted their budget, and were forced to wrap things up as quickly as possible.

The entire cast delivered believable performances, especially for such an obviously low-budget film. Anessa Ramsey, in particular, really stood out. I love low-budget, low-key horror films that are well done, because they feel more "personal" to me. So, for me at least, "Rites of Passage" was money well spent.

I've heard others suggest that too many elements of this film were borrowed from earlier films. Of course, the "earlier" films referred to by these individuals had, in turn, already borrowed much from even earlier films, so I'm not sure if there is really any point to arguing the absence of originality. At least it's not another remake!


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