Spring (2014)


What we have here is a very nifty flick that can be thoroughly enjoyed by any and all genders and temperaments.

Much likeĀ A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Let the Right One In, or Near Dark, Spring is a deliciously dread romance, as a nice-boy protagonist gets sucked into a dangerous new friendship.

Co-director and writer Justin Benson borrows a page or two from Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and creates an oddly pleasing hybrid; a convincing creature feature aboutĀ love and acceptance, that is rendered exquisitely.

After his mom conveniently kicks the bucket, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) decides to ditch his hayseed hometown and take a trip to Italy.

His “aw shucks” demeanor and corn-fed gusto prove irresistible to lovely research student Louise (Nadia Hilker), and before you know it, charming and witty dialogue gives way to a crisp series of scenic seduction sequences.

A whirlwind fling in a picturesque Italian coastal town ensues, and the star-crossed couple demonstrates palpable chemistry. Even so, there’s something a little odd about Louise.

Is she a junkie? Does she have a mysterious medical condition? Where did her pet rabbits go?

It certainly helps that Spring gets high-caliber performances from Pucci and Hilker, as a likable couple we have no trouble rooting for. Evan and Louise seem to be having as grand a time as we are.

The whole thing is almost entirely too delightful, an extremely volatile ingredient when it comes to the horror movie.

But this time it works.