IFC Midnight & Padraig Reynolds’ creature feature RITES OF SPRING will be released on VOD July 27, alongside a limited theatrical release at New York City’s IFC Center. 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 excited to see it. The story, artwork, stills, and trailer have me thinking we might have a fantastically creepy indy horror flick on our hands. And NOW, thanks to Movies.com we have photos, sculpt design, and concept art of the creature itself (currently known as WORMFACE)! Check it all out below after the trailer and synopsis and click here for an interview with Reynolds, creature designer Aaron Sims and makeup effects artist Toby Sells. This creature looks AMAZING!
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) and makeup effects artist Toby Sells.
CHECK OUT THE CONCEPT ART & CREATURE SCULPT AFTER THE BREAK!