ByBrian Primm, writer at
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Once in a while a movie can surprise you. Spring is one of those movies. Evan's mother passes away, so he flees to Italy where he meet Louise. Unfortunately, Evan doesn't know the dark secret Louise is keeping. Spring is classified as a horror movie, and it is, but it's so much more, and that's refreshing. The horror genre can produce shallow movies that you instantly forget when you leave the theater, or turn off your television. It's a genre that has lost its way in storytelling, but Spring is here to bring hope to the lost genre.

Spring is beautifully shot, and it has a story to tell outside of murder and destruction. At the heart of Spring is a beautiful love story, something that is often forgotten about in horror. The horror genre revolves around people, and at the end of the day, most people just want to be accepted. This is what classics like Dracula and Frankenstein were built upon. They're classics because the human need is there. Spring is a descendent of these movies. The characters are driven by human emotions, needs, wants, and desires. Louise doesn't want Evan to see the monster that she is, because she knows it will change his perception of him, and Evan just wants to love this girl who is keeping secrets away from him.

It's comforting to see a filmmaker who isn't afraid to take risks. Justin Benson could have easily turned this movie into another gory, killing spree of random characters, but he takes his time developing characters, which is often overlooked in horror movies. He knows his characters, and they act accordingly. Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker do an amazing job at bringing these characters to life, and makes the audience actually care for these people. They're not cutouts of horror stereotypes, but people with real feelings. Spring is horrific, comedic, beautiful, and romantic all at the same time. It's a visual representation of what it is to love someone at their most horrifying moments, and that's truly beautiful.


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