Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Spring 2014

Directed by Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

“The suspense and pleasure of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s talking-and-tentacles horror romance Spring lies in discovering what shape the film is going to take.” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

USA In English
109 minutes DCP
drug use, horror, offensive language, sex scenes

Producers

Justin Benson
,
David Clarke Lawson Jr
,
Luca Legnani
,
Aaron Moorhead

Screenplay

Justin Benson

Photography

Aaron Moorhead

Editors

Michael Felker
,
Justin Benson
,
Aaron Moorhead

Production designers

Fabrizio D’Arpino
,
Melissa Lyon

Costume designers

Veronica Lopez
,
Laura Cristina Ortiz

Music

Jimmy LaValle

With

Lou Taylor Pucci (Evan)
,
Nadia Hilker (Louise)
,
Francesco Carnelutti (Angelo)
,
Nick Nevern (Thomas)
,
Jeremy Gardner (Tommy)
,
Vinny Curran (Mike)

Festivals

Toronto, London 2014

Elsewhere

Writer-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead deliver one of the most refreshing genre discoveries in years following their indie breakout Resolution. Like mad cine-scientists, the duo have concocted a heady hybrid which seamlessly weaves the creeping unease of Cronenberg’s bodyhorrors with the European lyricism of Linklater’s Sunrise trilogy.

Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), a drifter, has to leave town in haste after a bit of biffo lands him in hot water. Fleeing to Europe, he eventually holes up in Bologna, where he falls under the spell of the mysterious Louise, a bewitching beauty who’s in town studying as a geneticist.

The filmmaking duo aren’t interested in rolling out the usual horror set-ups, preferring to spend time with our likeable lovebirds; they slowly turn up the heat on their romance before spooking the audience with the first hint of Lovecraftian creepiness. Swipe right on anyone who looks alluring and set up a date for this pic – your Tinder match will be swept away by the romance before hiding in your lap once the film gets its freak on. — AT