Day sixteen of the marathon and I was at a loss for what to watch. I fell back on the list my most horror-oriented friend gave me, full of horror titles from 2014 and 15. I settled on a movie called Spring. Now, I knew less than nothing about this movie going in, so you can imagine my surprise when the first half an hour of the film plays out like a find-yourself style drama about a man journeying through Europe after the death of his mother.
I was beginning to think that I had found the wrong Spring, maybe I had gotten some indie film slated for the Sundance Film Festival instead of the scary movie I was looking for. Almost forty minutes in and that all changed. I’m not going to share the plot, because I think it’s ambiguity and explanation both lend to the entertainment factor of the film. By the end, despite all of the horror elements, it still felt like that same movie. This might be the first romantic horror flick I’ve ever seen, but that made it no less appealing. The horror certainly takes a back seat in the third act, to be replaced with the awkwardness of dating someone with this particular malady.
The best exchange of the whole movie, in my opinion is as follows:
“A zombie was doing heroin.”
My rating on the Samhain Scare-o-meter is 4 out of 5. Mostly because it felt more like a romance than a horror.