SPRING (2014) Reviews and overview

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Spring is a 2014 American romantic horror feature film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

The movie stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Jeremy Gardner, Nick Nevern and Nadia Hilker.

A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harbouring a dark, primordial secret…

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“It was basically 90 minutes of romance, 5 mins of horror and then another 15 or 20 of romance. The End. Aside from being a non-horror, the cinematography and editing were incredible. It was a visually beautiful film, just not a very exciting one.” All Horror

“While Spring does not necessarily live up to the promise of its premise, it is without a doubt one of the most original monster features in recent years. Benson and Moorehead show themselves to be fearless writers and directors who are unafraid to take risks in both content and form, and the film seems to quiver with the ambition of youth.” Sound on Sight

“If Spring feels a little undercooked, it heralds a pair of filmmakers who will very likely get one of their cross-genre experiments pitch perfect soon enough. Spring is almost that movie, but not quite.” Fangoria

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“If you’re someone who believes horror is mood, gore, and little else, Spring proves its validity as legitimate cinematic art.” The Film Stage

“In an era when monster-human relationships are the much-mocked stuff of teen soaps, Spring has the nerve to depict a complicated romance between a regular guy and a near-immortal shapeshifter — it’s like a Before Sunrise sequel reimagined by Clive Barker. Pucci and Hilker are outstanding, Italy looks lovely and the storytelling is unfussy but still implies backstory and emotional connections that take a while to become clear.” Empire

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“Despite this being a horror at heart, it’s much more clever than your average shocker and is more interested in exploring the dynamics of a fledgling relationship than scaring you witless. So if you only watch one horror film this week, make sure it’s Spring, an absorbing and intelligent creature feature that has cult favourite written all over it.” The Mirror

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