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  • Actors: AJ Bowen, Skylar Burke
  • Directors: Padraig Reynolds
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008WAM2G0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices. A unique blend of crime thriller and supernatural suspense tale, RITES OF SPRING shocks from start to finish and showcases a fresh new take on the horror genre.

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Great acting, cinematography and story.
Hillman 66
I notice that tends to bother a lot of people in films, when things aren't explained completely or films end suddenly.
The Piper at the Gates
Neither story, as written and presented, would be satisfying on its own and that's a near fatal misstep.
K. Harris

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen1974 on August 5, 2012
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RITES OF SPRING is one creepy little horror flick that is two movies in one. Part of the movie is a crime drama and the other a WICKER MAN type horror film with a great creature named Worm Face. At first watch I didn't really know what to think of the movie. It's very ambitious and keeps you guessing throughout. Which I found very satisfying for these type of films. I also enjoyed that the two stories were connected and that the Rachel character is responsible for this butterfly effect that she sets in motion. There are some holes in the script that left me puzzled. What happened to the little girl? What happened to the bodies? Does it really end like that? The movie looks very professional and is absolutely beautiful. RITES OF SPRING is a gem of a low budget horror movie but I just wish that the script would have taken a little more time to explain itself. Definitely worth a rental and far better then a lot of big budget horror movies out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Piper at the Gates on December 28, 2013
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I stumbled upon this film on Netflix, and the plot sounded decent enough so I gave it a try. I wasn't expecting much, and with all of these low budget horror films, there's good reason not to get your hopes up. Every now and then you do find a diamond in the rough. This one is no diamond, but it certainly isn't terrible and definitely watchable. For one, I do have a somewhat of a tolerance and forgiveness when it comes to low budget horror flicks. You have to understand that the story might not be totally cohesive. There might not be the best of acting performances. Maybe not the best special effects. But that's gonna happen. And sure, this film has its problems. But none of them are so bad that it makes the movie not worth watching.
Without getting too in-depth, the film involved two different plots and characters cross paths with a killer/monster. This is a slasher film, so you have introduce some characters so you can have a body count of sorts. And the overlapping plot of a kidnap/ransom gone wrong works ok. Nothing really creative, but not bad. Sure, there's not a lot of explanation when it comes to the killer..who or what he is, etc. And the ending is very abrupt and sorta reminds me of the ending of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I notice that tends to bother a lot of people in films, when things aren't explained completely or films end suddenly. As for me, it really doesn't bother me, and I don't have to have a backstory explaining everything to enjoy it. (The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is like that, and its a horror masterpiece) Perhaps what could be annoying is that the film does attempt to tell a story about why all this is happening, and falls incomplete. But again, none of this is a big deal to me. Besides that, there's not a lot more to stay about the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 16, 2012
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I'm a bit torn in my evaluation of the new thriller "Rites of Spring." As a low budget shocker, it leaves a lot to be desired with a clunky screenplay that raises more questions than it answers. But I also appreciated that the film attempted to meld two different film genres into one story. If not always successful, it was something that I'd never really seen before. So I'll give writer/director Padraig Reynolds points for originality. "Rites of Spring" is really two different films. One is a standard heist picture and one is a horror story. Neither is particularly well developed or spectacular on their own, but it's the mash-up that keeps things interesting. My head is telling me that the movie should only rate about two stars. My heart, however, is pushing me toward three stars just because the idea behind the film is rather bonkers. And I like that! I didn't love "Rites of Spring" and probably wouldn't view it a second time, but I enjoyed seeing the two stories collide!

The first plot thread revolves around the unexplained disappearances of young women that have plagued a small community. Two girls out for a night are abducted and soon find themselves in a treacherous situation. The creepy fellow that grabbed them seems to be preparing them for a ritual sacrifice. But for what? And is there any chance of escape? The other story revolves around a gang of losers that decide to kidnap a wealthy man's daughter to extract a fortune in ransom. Of course, not all goes as planned. There are some major trust issues and personal agendas within the group. Before the evening is through, they'll have to determine just who is playing whom. But wouldn't you know it? The abducted girls are on a property adjacent to the where the kidnappers are holed up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva on July 29, 2012
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I enjoyed The Rites Of Spring to a degree, I just wish that they would have concentrated on the Horror/Slasher aspect of the film instead of taking up so much time with the kidnapping sub plot. I feel they were a bit too ambitious especially with a running time of an hour and 20 minutes.
It felt it borrowed from Malevolence and The Messengers 2..
I won't say why but you will be able to decipher for yourself.The slasher aspect was very cool, well done and if it had been an entire film about "The Rites Of Spring" I would have loved it,the creature was mad cool and the gore was plentiful for the time that story line was given.
The characters were interwoven cleverly even though I really had to watch it a second time to really understand how each character was connected.The acting was good for a low budget film especially Anessa Ramsey and AJ Bowen..
All in all worth a watch and better than most that are being pumped out lately.
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