Spring (2014)

Rating: 8 of 10

movie poster Spring (2014)An unconventional love story for fans of the weird and uncanny.

Synopsis: “Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two — however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.” (source)

My thoughts: You meet “the one” only to discover they harbor a terrifying, mind-blowing secret. Probably one of the scariest scenarios for someone who’s just fallen in head-over-heels love.

SPRING is the kind of rare movie for which I am always on the lookout. One that blends reality with dark fantasy resulting in an uncanny, mythical, yet wholly believable love story. Whether that “love” is romantic, platonic, or familial, matters not; I simply enjoy the exploration of the intersections within love and horror.

It’s also important to mention SPRING’s beautiful cinematography as well as the fact that Louise, the woman, has the power in this romantic relationship. Evan is actually the weaker more vulnerable of the two. It was nice to see a strong woman portrayed with femininity and sexuality but not be defined by either. Kudos to the directors, Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, for that little breath of fresh air.

Highly recommended if you enjoyed movies like MONSTERS or ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.

Check out SPRING at Drafthouse Films | on IMDb

(Watched DVD on 8/27/2015)

Neverlake (2013)

Rating: 7 of 10

movie poster Neverlake (2013)Don’t be fooled by the poster art. NEVERLAKE is an atmospheric dark fantasy that feels more like a forgotten Italian fairy tale than a modern horror film.

Synopsis: “A teenager visiting her estranged father in Italy stumbles across the Neverlake, an ancient lake said to be guarded by the spirits of the dead. There she befriends a peculiar group of children who are each plagued by strange injuries. As she uncovers the horrific secrets behind the lake – and her new friends – she becomes haunted by disturbing visions that connect to her own mysterious past. However, the ghosts of the past may be more dangerous than she ever thought possible.” (source)

The poster really is misleading. While the movie is scary, it relies more on creepy atmosphere and mystery than the carnage normally associated with modern horror movies. There is a sort of medical thriller/body horror angle involved, but the overall tone of the movie ends up closer to classic horror. Seasoned viewers will likely see the twist coming after a certain point, but it’s a fun journey filled with plenty of thrills and chills.

Highly recommended if you enjoyed movies like PAN’S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE or THE ORPHANAGE.

Check out NEVERLAKE’s official website and trailer | on IMDb

(Watched on Netflix 1/31/2015)