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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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not bad but not great.
30 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

RITES OF SPRING

This film is not great, but not bad either.

The main thing I like about this film is the way that there are 2 stories and they don't connect themselves until the second half of the film. The first story is a crime thriller. A group of people break into a wealthy families house and kidnaps their daughter for ransom, but in doing so they murder his wife and also takes the nanny. Whilst hiding out in an abandoned school they have no idea what is yet to come. The second story that is going on is about an old man who kidnaps women and tortures them and feeds them to this creature that he has hidden down in the cellar or him barn.

The 2 stories don't collide until later on in the film and I thought this was a nice touch. I enjoyed flicking from one story to the next. It made me wonder how this was going to get connected and it was really well done.

The crime story was really harsh and at times I though was a bit brutal, but it all made it better. You did actually start to hate these guys. The horror side of the story was OKish. Nothing really original. We have seen kidnap/torture/monster films like this before numerous times. The deaths and gore were OK, but felt watered down a bit. It would have made it better if we had seen more.

When the 2 stories do get together, it was quite well done... but not very realistic. The reaction that the criminals in the school had made me laugh. There is no way these hardened criminals would have reacted the way that they did.

The acting was bad! Nobody really did a good job with this. I am fully understanding why these guys have not made it to the big time yet. But they have got further than me so I can't really say too much. haha The movie stars A. J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph and James Bartz. They were just not very convincing... they were acting like they belonged in Prisoner Cell Block H or something. Poor.

The ending was very disappointing. It felt like there wasn't much build up.. no suspense. It kind of just ended. When the credits started to roll I looked at my partner and said to her "Was that it?". I honestly thought that could have been stretched out a little bit more.

The story was good and in general the film was OK, but more originality is what is needed these days in the horror genre... and of course better actors. Not a bad effort though.

I will give this film 6 out of 10.

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