Spring (2014) Horror movie review – “Stunning, yet ghastly” – (8.5/10). 

2014 ‧ Horror/Romance ‧ 1h 49m “Critic Reviews for Spring” 

Tagline: “If you thought your relationship was bad, this review will cheer you up. Stunning, yet ghastly”.

The Good 

“Frequently adventurous plot”.

“Clear sense of character vulnerability”.

“Mystery maintained well”.

“Shocking”.

“Thought-provoking”. 

“Evil clearly depicted”.

“Relatable”. 

“Awkward”. 

“Heart warming ending”.

“Sound used well for tension building”. 

“Regular setting changes”.

The Bad 

“Missing some Horror elements”. 

“Slow start”.

Introduction 

Following another pleasant cycle spin from my new home, I settle down to bring you an enticing Horror movie review … This Horror truly captured my attention, based on the element of romance, and is a must see for those looking for relationship-based horrors.

I actually located the movie thanks to an article listing films that feature in this genre. Generally, I find good pure horrors are difficult to locate, since many are rated very low on IMDb. 

Of course for reviewing, it is important to ensure I warn you of poor movies as well as encourage you to view movies with higher entertainment value. 

Read on to find out if “Spring” is worth a watch …

 Spring is a  2014, (Horror, Romance, Sci-fi), according to IMDb. 

Impact 

Violence was highlighted from early on, with religious themes indicated. Scenery changed frequently which was good, and comedy lightened the mood in places. Again, it wasn’t your typical horror, and for the most part I was waiting for that element to properly emerge. 

For the first half an hour, the environment socially and culturally kept things entertaining, however many mechanisms of true Horror were notably absent. 

Whilst anticipation was good, I feel evil could have been hinted at before being revealed, to enhance viewer engagement in the early movie stages.

As outlined below, a sense of vulnerability was depicted well, through ever intensifying events, which strained character relationships, and enriched viewer experience. 

Sightings of evil were slowly revealed throughout, maintaining mystery well into the later movie stages. 

Key Relationships

Whilst I typically comment on Horror elements of movies, in this instance, the main relationships added a thrilling element to the viewer. Some articles linked below, discuss in more detail whether the movie should be classed as a Horror, due to the prominent role relationships played throughout. Perhaps it would be better off as a Romance ? 

**Warning, character reference spoilers follow**

The main character was an American man who was looking for love on a trip abroad, and joined a group of other males. When he approached a woman, he was totally mesmerised by, he aimed to please, yet appeared far less spontaneous than her in personality. 

It is this difference which brought them together. It became clearer as time went on, why her character was like this, and whilst I won’t go into the specifics as I would recommend you watch the movie, she clearly had a stressful life, with some very challenging things to deal with. She came across very warm and calm however, despite her spontaneous nature, exuding high levels of self-confidence. 

As the viewer understands more about these stressors, it becomes more and more remarkable how she remains this way, possibly appearing to have some level of personality disorder. 

Despite this, she remains with her potential partner consistently, until she reaches a point that appears to finally affect her. This is the point at which the law appears to be turning against her…

It takes absolutely shocking events for her to appear more nervous, and at this point she tries to end their relationship. 

Without describing the plot in too much detail, I would suggest that she was particularly self-absorbed, struggling with romance and relationships due to a fundamental fast pace of life, whilst living with her demons. 

It is this element of vulnerability, that added to the impact of character relationships on the viewer. 

The viewer was also drawn to the male character, who appeared to begin falling for her, paying her numerous complements and appearing to deal well with certain imperfections. He was inquisitive, caring, and appeared to be deeply into her. His perspective however, had limited influence on events in their relationship, which appeared to frustrate him. As discussed, the female characters perspective came from a place of fundamental personal challenge, necessitating her level of apparent selfishness. 

The other prominent character was an elderly gentleman, who befriended the male main character. He discussed his past relationships, encouraging the lead to pursue his love interests, which only further contributed to his sense of false hope, of his relationship working out. The old man appeared set in his ways, but had a charming way of life, living in rural Italy. 

The movie moved beyond relationships however, with it’s almost ridiculous situations providing a sort of awkward form of comedy at times, which can rarely be taken seriously. Whilst certain situations appear rather surreal, because they appear to be taking place within the normal world, and a form of normal relationship, they seemed quite relatable. 

A sense of adventure was also felt frequently, which took you away from reality, perhaps like a “coming of age” style movie. Whilst this clearly had more going on than just a Horror, I do not feel it is wrong to classify this movie as one, since all films have some elements of each genre, and it is just a question of to what extent those elements are emphasised throughout. 

The ending was truly heart-warming, and was very wholesome. It returned the focus to what made the film a true fusion between Horror and Romance, and was conducted in a rather poetic way. 

Conclusion 

For an exploration of a complicated relationship, the movie worked amazingly, and it also worked well as a Horror, due to a variety of mechanisms. Certainly worth a watch. Stunning, yet ghastly. 

Food for thought 

1 What are your favourite moments in the film ? 

2 How are your opinions different or similar to mine expressed above ? 

3 What defines a true Horror movie ?

4 Comment one thing you liked about the article …

5 Comment one thing you would change about the article …

6 Feel free to provide a link to this article from your blog, where relevant to your content …

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Sources 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3395184/

Ten Best romantic horror movies list article 

https://screenrant.com/best-romantic-horror-movies-imdb/

Should Spring be classed as a horror movie ?

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Photo edits 

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Closing statement 

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