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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 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 Andrew Breland ... Tommy Geringer
Hannah Bryan Hannah Bryan ... Alyssa Miller
Sarah Pachelli Sarah Pachelli ... Jessica
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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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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2.35 : 1
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Disappointing but still enjoyable effort
10 August 2015 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Following a kidnapping-gone-wrong, a group of thieves stumble upon a young woman intended to be sacrificed to a deadly creature as part of a ritualistic tradition and get caught up in the fight to survive against the being.

On the whole this one was a pretty disappointing if still overall enjoyable effort. Among the better efforts here is the fact that this one manages to really let loose and get enjoyable during its second half by featuring some enjoyable elements here from its' turn-over into more of a slasher film which requires this one to let loose with the best aspects here quite nicely. The main location itself is well utilized as the abandoned school is given a great, grungy look that reeks of disuse and disrepair that always works in these kinds of films, gives off plenty of tight, cramped rooms and endless corridors perfect for stalking and ambushing and really makes for quite an enjoyable time here with these forming the best part of the film with the endless chases, stalking and attacks that come of being there. As well, the main facet of what works here is the killer itself, which looks creepy and cool with the flesh-mask and scarf wrapped up around up it's lower half of the head but the weapon allows for plenty of graphic kills, it's main stalking tactic of appearing off in the distance behind the unsuspecting victim and then galloping at full-steam towards them to deliver a strike without let-up is insanely original and provides this with tons of suspense while also giving him a rather disturbing air about him due to the rather chilling ceremony that must be enacted to appease him that comes about providing this with plenty of solid, enjoyable times here. That this all comes in the later half means the first half is where the problems are, and it starts with the kidnapping ploy here that really serves no purpose other than to give the creature more of a body-count by slashing his way through the gang regardless of their motives. This is agonizingly slow, doesn't really offer much value to anything here and comes off incredibly confusing by intertwining the group pulling off their getaway with the preparations of the first girls for the ceremony to be taken place that later intermingles the two stories. This is entirely hamfisted and cliché how this goes about mixing the two together as well and simply serves to make the story even more lame with all the confusion offered here. These hold it down while the other efforts make it watchable.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, Full Nudity and children- in-jeopardy.


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