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Rites of Spring (2011)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 22 October 2011 (USA)
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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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Padraig Reynolds

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
AJ Bowen ... Ben Geringer
Anessa Ramsey ... Rachel Adams
Sonny Marinelli ... Paul Nolan
Katherine Randolph ... Amy
James Bartz ... Ryan Hayden
Shanna Forrestall ... Gillian Hayden
Andrew Breland ... Tommy Geringer
Hannah Bryan Hannah Bryan ... Alyssa Miller
Sarah Pachelli Sarah Pachelli ... Jessica
Skylar Burke Skylar Burke ... Kelly Hayden (as Skylar Page Burke)
Marco St. John ... The Stranger
Jocelyn Amos Jocelyn Amos ... Newscaster
Grady Champion Grady Champion ... Bartender
Edward Saint Pe' Edward Saint Pe' ... Weatherman
Victoria Massey Victoria Massey ... Store Clerk
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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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Fear has a season

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Ritos da Primavera See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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At around 1:02 when the characters are running around the woods, the scene very obviously goes from midnight, to early dawn, back to midnight between shots. See more »

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Good suspense and overall a great first feature from filmmaker Padraig Reynolds

A cool dual story, with good general suspense (featuring spot on pace and increasing intensity), great leads, a couple surprising twists, good creepy use of a minimalist industrial-orchestral score, wide open back country scenery, well-designed old worn-down sets, a nice lil bit o' gore (with great make-up on close-ups), and an edge-of-your-seat ending!!

Above all though: RITES OF SPRING showcases simply *OUTSTANDING* cinematography for its budget and the genre in general, without question. The film is at once simply beautifully lit and very creepily shot, and makes great use of hand-held/steadicam camera work. They also did a fine job on the editing, it flows visually very well.

A superb first feature by Padraig Reynolds.

A great OnDemand catch for suspense lovers.

9/10


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