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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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An unrelentingly bland and predictable slasher
5 December 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The plot: Kidnappers run into trouble when their story collides with another story straight from a direct-to-video 1980s slasher.

Rites of Spring was assembled from scenes of several mediocre films and combined into one terrible whole. I don't understand why anyone thought it would be a good idea to plagiarize a bunch of mediocre slashers and then throw in an out-of-place, unresolved kidnapping subplot straight out of Ransom. The result was even worse than it sounds.

If you're sick and tired of retreads, clichés, and "homage", then I suggest you avoid this film. There is absolutely nothing original in it at all. Even the kills are boring. Like most cheap slasher villains, this one has a shtick: he carries a scythe and likes to behead people. He has something to do with a demonic pact made by the inhabitants of a Midwestern town, but that's the extent of his back story. Overall, I found him to be without charisma or presence. Some of the scenes have a tense atmosphere, but the formulaic and predictable writing ruins everything. When you know who's going to survive, how and when each of them is going to die, and when each jump scare is coming, there isn't much point to watching.

I like AJ Bowen and Anessa Ramsey, and it was exciting to see them together again, but this is not the film to watch if you're a fan of The Signal. Instead, I would recommend it to undiscerning fans of old-school slashers. If all you need are a few recognizable B actors, an unstoppable monster who's inexplicably stopped after 90 minutes of screaming and running, and a bit of violence toward women, then this is probably going to be watchable. However, I'd suggest you skip it and watch something better, like Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Hell, you'd even be better off watching one of the Children of the Corn sequels, which at least have some degree of campy appeal.


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