Blu-Ray Review: Spring

Whilst there are load and loads of really talented people working within independent horror cinema at the moment, two of the best are undoubtedly Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. The American filmmaking duo have established themselves at the top of the industry. Since making their feature debut with Resolution back in 2012, they’ve made some of the best genre cinema of the decade. Spring is the most unusual and arguably their best film.

After the death of his mother and a fight in the bar where he works, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) decides it’s time for a change of scenery. The American’s destination is a scenic Italian coastal resort where he meets Louise (Nadia Hilker), a beautiful Italian student. The pair strike-up an easy romance, set to a backdrop of blue skies and clear waters. In order to extend his stay Evan takes up employment as a farmer, but soon begins to suspect that there’s something a bit fishy going on.  

What makes Spring such an enthralling mix of body horror and Lovecraftian terror is the wonderful chemistry between its stars. The writing is so good that their relationship feels natural and refreshingly tentative. It’s up there with Linklater’s ‘Before’ films in that sense. The effects are brilliantly done and the ending and pacing are perfect. Overflowing with metaphors and clever foreshadowing, Spring is sun-drenched horror at its ingenious best.

Special features:

  • Reversible sleeve
  • Director commentary (2020)
  • Director commentary (2014)
  • The Note
  • The Talented Mr Evan
  • VFX Case Study
  • Proof of Concept
  • Alternate Ending
  • Angelo, the Worst Farmer in the World
  • Wankster Girlfriend Monologue
  • Evan Ti Odio
  • Promo Videos
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes

Spring is released on Blu-ray by 101 Films on 30 November

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