| June 1, 2015

I came to the attention of directors Benson and Moorhead from their first feature film, Resolution, through a friendly recommendation. “Yeah man, you’d dig it” was what my buddy just randomly spouted out, as I was discussing not having seen a worthwhile horror movie in the last few months. The film managed to both blur the lines of genres to deliver a terrifying experience and left me wanting to see more of what the two had to offer. Seeing the duo’s second feature, Spring, Benson and Moorhead have solidified themselves as a filmmaking force that manage to tell incredible stories, with grounded characters that anyone can either relate to or empathize with.

Spring opens with Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), a young college grad, who’s struck by multiple deaths in his family, shortly after coming back home. With his current situation weighing down on his emotions, he decides to commit to the international trip he was to go on with his parents. With his bags packed and not even being able to speak anything other than English, Evan lands in a small coastal town in Italy, exploring various museums, cafe’s and trying to be carefree as he can. After being in town for a few days, he meets Louise (Nadia Hilker) a local that captures his eye, that he constantly tries to go after, but she remains elusive. After awhile, Evan discovers that Louise harbors an ancient secret and both of them are positioned with coming to terms with who they are as people and if they can truly be happy together.

I feel silly writing the synopsis of Spring, because it just sounds like a romantic horror movie. While the film has been pegged as such, as well as having all of those genre elements, its really a film about two people. Evan, who’s had to deal with much hardship and Louise, who’s had to battle her own demons. These are two people who are trying to deal with themselves as individuals and also seeing if they can even be with one another, despite their shortcomings. That’s what makes Spring feel like a true gem, is because its stakes are as real and relatable that anyone can get into the film. There are all these allusions as to what kind of monster Louise is, with her being a vampire, a zombie or plenty of other things. While it carries the film along, what it helps with is just showing the mystique of learning about both people and truth behind crafting a relationship. Things are a mystery to people when they first become involved with one another and when things get serious, both parties learn about what it means to be in a true relationship, warts and all.

The first film I saw Lou Taylor Pucci in was The Chumbscrubber and then as a supporting role in the remake of Evil Dead, but his performance in Spring, really makes him and his abilities as an actor stand out. His portrayal of Evan is both endearing and sweet, that really makes you root for his character and wish the best for him. Nadia Hilker’s performance of Louise, is astounding from the very moment she appears on the screen. While being enigmatic and alluring, Louise portrays femininity, with grace and elegance. Sure, there’s times where we’re horrified at the things that she’s capable of, but that’s also the part that makes her interesting as a character.

While many films try to smash genre’s together, very few transcend and become something other than their influences. Spring manages to become much more than a horror film, or a romantic film, but about two people coming together, regardless of their past, regardless of their baggage, in order to themselves and each other. Highly Recommended! 

About the Author:

is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.
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