The Horror Honeys: Love is a Monster...

Love is a Monster...

A Supernatural Honey Second Chance Review by Suzanne

Spring (2014)

Last week I reviewed Resolution, a film by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, to prepare myself for their second feature length film. The end result of that review was not positive and made me a bit hesitant going into their followup feature, Spring

Lou Taylor Pucci stars as Evan, who, after the death of his mother, loses his job and has a serious run in with the law after a fight. With no family and losers for friends, he attempts to escape his problems by flying to Italy, something he had planned to do with his dad before his untimely death. Once there, Evan realizes the friends he’s making aren’t all that different than the ones he left behind. Then he meets Louise (Nadia Hilker). Louise is beautiful, smart and utterly captivating, but she’s a lot more than that.

Evan and Louise become intimate almost immediately. While Louise is aloof and non-commital, Evan quickly falls for her and decides to stick around, finding work and lodging on a farm. The viewer discovers that Louise is not quite human as she turns into a myriad of creatures, which all have a blood lust. She can keep it at bay by injecting herself with a solution, but the transitions are becoming too frequent.

Louise reveals her secret to Evan who, remarkably, decides to stick with her, even though she could potentially kill him. He believes love can save them both.

Spring proves a little production value goes a long way, especially when compared to the directing duo’s first film. However, I did have to trudge through some weeds to get to the flowers. The first act of the film had me worried. I saw the same rough direction and atmosphere as Resolution. Lou Taylor Pucci is probably never going to win any acting awards. He tries so hard to act natural it comes off as stiff and amateur. The array of supporting characters isn’t notable or likeable. There was even a cameo from Vinny Curran, who must be a friend of the directors, but is an abominable actor.

Enter Nadia Hilker. When she’s on screen nothing else really matters. She’s stunning and mysterious, mostly because, to look at her, she’s sort of racially indeterminate with an indistinguishable accent. It totally works to the character’s advantage, once you hear her backstory, which I will not reveal because SPOILERS. Suffice it to say, she’s older than dirt.

Too good to be true? Yeah, kinda. 
While Louise does offer up a scientific, genetic explanation for her condition and keeping it at bay, which is sort of fascinating, it’s never fully revealed what she actually is. Even she admits she doesn’t know if she’s supernatural. Creature reveals in trailers would lead you to believe she’s alien, but nope. She can turn into a lot of different organic creatures, although most of them tend to have tentacles.

I’m not sure the filmmakers know what this film is supposed to be, any more than the audience will. It’s not really horror, it’s not really sci-fi, it is sort of a creature film, but of what origin? All I know is, what begins as a cold, slow-paced profile of a guy going nowhere in life, turns into a warm, romantic, albeit slimy, journey to find acceptance and love. The ending may bring you to tears.

Spring is available on VOD right now. Watch it!

Supernatural Honey verdict: 3.5 beautiful monsters out of 5

Spring is available on iTunesAmazon Instant Video, Google Play, and VOD

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