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 Site
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

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
Sarah Pachelli
as Jessica
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 (8) | 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 feel like someone who was in the middle of a great thought but never got around to finishing it.

Full Review… | August 4, 2012
Dread Central

Audience Reviews for Rites of Spring

this was pretty cheesy: don't people know that if they scream, then the bad guys will know where they are?! also: they're lucky that there was exactly 1 desk in that very empty room so that they could break the window and escape... sheesh. talk about scripted! also also: that was a bad ending. but really; this wasn't that bad... i've seen worse. it's just very cliched. i thought their subplot was more interesting than their main plot, though -- too bad they weren't switched.

Courtney Kavanagh
Courtney Kavanagh
½

Straight off the bat the camera work is shaky to the point of breaking the illusion. Not in an artful way, but in a clumsy film student style that is distracting. The horror aspect of the plot is immediately obvious, and the acting seems poor and tired. Not really worth your time.

LAUREN MALAMED
LAUREN MALAMED
½

The coolest thing about this film is the old-school poster, bringing up posters from old, 70s exploitation films. I mean that pretty much tells you all you need to know about the film. It's not what I would call a particularly good mix of horror and kidnapping caper genres. I suppose that keeps the film from being just a generic horror film but, instead, it's a generic kidnapping caper AND a generic horror film. Not to mention the fact that these two stories simply take forever to converge and it's simply too late by that point to make this any interesting. The script is uninspired and underdeveloped. The acting isn't really much better. I like AJ Bowen, but he doesn't really do much of anything here. Not like the rest of the cast really made an effort. Either they weren't motivated, they were poorly directed or the worst cuts were chose in the editing process. It could very well be a mix of all three, but the acting is pretty bad all things considered. The horror aspects themselves are pretty much all the generic slasher cliches you've come to know and loathe. I mean there's some gore, but it looks bad and it isn't particularly effective. It just feels like it's the section where people die horribly, not cause it felt like it was a logical step in the story. If we can call what this film did an actual story. It is what it is, but this just isn't a very good movie. It pretty much fails on every level imaginable. It's not like it fails so horrifically that this ends up being a terrible movie, but it does fail at a lot of the things that it sets out to do. The movie is 80 minutes long but it feels considerably longer than that due to how the film is paced. I'm trying to think of anything the film did right. Some of the gore looks ok, but it's not as ridiculously violent, like The Evil Dead remake was, in order to make it any good. I just don't have much else to say about this movie honestly. It's a bad horror movie in genre that's pretty much littered with them. It won't stand out due to its badness, it's not an entertaining kind of bad. It'll be an obscure horror film that, might, in the future get a cult following. Because almost every movie now has a cult following. Either way, this movie is bad and I wouldn't recommend it. You can do much better.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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