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Rites of Spring (2012)




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After kidnapping the nine-year-old daughter of a wealthy socialite and hiding out in an abandoned school, the kidnappers fall prey to a recurring terror in this place, a bloodlust that comes every first day of spring. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Padraig Reynolds
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 27, 2012
IFC Films - Official Site


AJ Bowen
as Ben Gerinnger
Anessa Ramsey
as Rachel Adams
Sonny Marinelli
as Paul Nolan
James Bartz
as Ryan Hayden
Shanna Forrestall
as Gillian Hayden
Marco St. John
as The Stranger
Andrew Breland
as Tommy Geringer
Hannah Bryan
as Alyssa Miller
Skylar Page Burke
as Kelly Hayden
Jocelyn Amos
as Newscaster
Grady Champion
as Bartender
Edward Saint Pe
as Weatherman
Victoria Massey
as Store Clerk
John Evenden
as Karmanor/Worm Face
Amile Wilson
as Karmanor/Worm Face
Jeff Nations
as Karmanor/Worm Face
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Critic Reviews for Rites of Spring

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

"Rites of Spring" yields a slender bounty.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The acting is shaky, the scare scenes are fairly stock, and it takes way too long for Reynolds to put all his pieces in play, especially given that the movie doesn't have much of an ending.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

The impressively watchable vibe begins to evaporate in the meandering midsection...

Full Review… | February 8, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

What makes Rites of Spring worthwhile is that it plays like a kidnapping caper some slasher happened to slice its way into, which keeps the premise fresh enough to hold down a 90-minute feature.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Film Journal International

Between uninspired acting and an almost insultingly underdeveloped script, Wormface and company fail to caputre any originality or creativity

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
We Got This Covered

Rites of Spring fuses two durable movie genres together, but neither supplies the requisite chills we demand.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Big Hollywood

Audience Reviews for Rites of Spring


This fake a$$ Jeepers Creepers flick tried to put a twist on the story but is just a lame rip off. YAWN!

Essentially an artful, intelligent version of Jeepers Creepers, Rites of Spring opens like I Saw the Devil and ends like any derivative slasher film. Rites of Spring has serious potential, but it just never really manages to deliver on the creepiness or the suspense in a way that equals its aspirations.


Too much being thrown around in this movie and not enough story or details. Two completely different storylines for the entire first half of the movie that converge in a very clumsy way. From that point on its just a mess. The kidnapping plot is simple and understandable, however, the slasher part of the movie is very underdeveloped and frustrating. The acting, save a couple cast members, was also pretty bad. The only things that shine are that it was well shot and the "monster" was scary.

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