IFC Midnight has set a release date for Padraig Reynolds’ creature feature RITES OF SPRING. The film will be released on VOD July 27, alongside a limited theatrical release at New York City’s IFC Center. This film had, until recently, been flying under my radar. When I initially watched the trailer (see below), I thought it was going to be just another kidnap-torture-kill kind of flick (don’t get me wrong, I dig those kinds of films, but we’ve recently been inundated with quite a few of them). And then…then I found out there was going to be a monster in addition to the kidnap-torture-kill aspect. I’m a sucker for creature features, so I decided to check out the official site, and now all I can say is that I’m incredibly stoked to see it. The story, artwork, stills, and trailer have me thinking we might have a fantastically creepy indy horror flick on our hands.
Starring AJ Bowen (THE SIGNAL, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and Anessa Ramsey (YELLOWBRICKROAD, THE SIGNAL), 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 them, 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!
Additionally, it will also feature creature design by Aaron Sims (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE DREAM CHILD, WRONG TURN, THE MIST, I AM LEGEND, CLASH OF THE TITANS, & THE THING).