RITES OF SPRING (Mongrel, 2011) D: Padraig Reynolds, w/ Anessa Ramsey, AJ Bowen. Rating: N; DVD package: none. Rating: N
A Texas Chainsaw Massacre knockoff with a dash of Halloween, Rites Of Spring lacks the innovation and creativity that made those movies enduring classics.
Writer/director Padraig Reynolds tries to turn his thin story into a crime thriller: three amateur crooks led by a vicious pro snatch a rich guy's kid. This provides some action in the first hour, which is otherwise taken up with a rural guy abducting a couple of girls after last call and stringing them up in the barn to await feeding to some unspecified monster.
Action, gore and acting are substandard, even on the slasher flick's undemanding terms.
There are no extras. A blessing.
EXTRAS English audio. No subtitles.