Here’s the next installment of my top 31 horror films since 2000.
#16 Spring (2014)
I mentioned I crumble under a good love story. Well, have I got one for you that kicked me right in the feels.
An out of luck loafer, whose parents both independently died suddenly, is to re-assess his useless life, and on a whim decides to flee the US and book the first flight to somewhere, anywhere else. As luck would have it he ends up in scenic Southern Italy, where he finds a job on a vineyard working for an old romantic and falls in love with a beautiful, but aloof woman who studies biochemistry at the local university. In the usual romantic narrative, a multitude of conflicts make it difficult, if not impossible to sustain any real chance at love, especially when you have a dude searching for life-affirming understanding, and a woman, because of her distrust of humanity and disdain for rules, is more than a little…off.
Well it turns out, she’s waaaaaaaay off.
Again, the story of love that gets thwarted by some hideous and monstrous truth has been done to death, but what’s different with Spring is the unconventional way writer/director Justin Benson (who just happened to write/direct my #18 film, Resolution) tells a very intimate story between very real people, using flaws as strengths, and not pandering to cliched character development and giving these people a soul, when they themselves doubt one exists. I fell in love with these two. If you don’t think Louise is the coolest gal on the planet, and that Lou Taylor Pucci in a standout role as Even, is the human we wish we could all be, your just plain silly. The coolness factor and horror amps up when we see what deep secret Louise has buried deep within her DNA.
This is a great little movie, because it does so much with so little (Benson’s M.O.). It makes you believe in fairy tales again, especially the biggest one of all…love.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to tune in tomorrow for #15.