Rites of Spring


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5

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  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 1, 2012
    Helmer-writer Padraig Reynolds creates a dizzying pastiche of genre conventions, and he has a terrific actress in Anessa Ramsey, who's that rare thing in horror, a thoroughly convincing victim.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 25, 2012
    Rites Of Spring does have a real "no idea what's going to happen next" quality, which is rare. Then again, that's because the movie feels haphazard and unfinished: more weed than plant.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jul 26, 2012
    The cinematographer, Carl Herse, knows his way around genre staples like claustrophobic cornfields, animal carcasses, porcelain-doll heads, voyeur perspectives, decrepit interiors and, of course, the time-honored serial-killer wall, with thumbtacked clippings and photographs about old murders. Nevertheless, Rites of Spring yields a slender bounty.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 28, 2012
    A grindhouse slasher picture that swings from dull to ridiculous without finding any pulpy pleasure in between.
  5. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jul 23, 2012
    Padraig Reynolds's film has no interest in self-awareness, and in fact wears stupidity as a sort of badge of honor.
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  1. May 23, 2015
    Just as in life there is no slow set up to a situation you may face or walk into, so to is how this film begins. The story starts as if weJust as in life there is no slow set up to a situation you may face or walk into, so to is how this film begins. The story starts as if we were always watching these characters lives with the plot already in motion. It doesn’t stop in the steady intense build from the beginning until the final moments with the scene freezes and the credits role. The movie takes place in a small town with little going on. However in this town there just happens to be a family that gives human sacrifice for prosperity of crops in the coming year. A ritual blood offering to a crazed psychotic slasher that may or may not be supernatural. There is no real detail to the origin of the monster in this film.

    When the lives crash into one another the darkness intensifies and you almost hold your breath in anticipation of what will happen next. There are some pretty intense moments that give fright as they characters are cut down gruesomely one by one. When the action and horror unfolds it is sudden and none stop right up until the last scene. Then the film ends just as quick as it began with no real finish or conclusion. The story or stories as I should say at first seem scattered and confusing but before it can bother you much the plot unfolding on screen seems to hold you long enough for the nightmare to begin. I really enjoyed this film and can’t wait for another ritual sacrifice to bring on a new spring. In other words I hope there is a sequel to this movie.
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