If you haven’t already seen the trailer for Padraig Reynolds’ The Rites of Spring, then you are seriously missing out, but thankfully it is included at the bottom of this post. The vicious horror looks stunning, and after a successful festival run this year, especially at Screamfest, the film has been picked up by a distributor and a good one too!
IFC Midnight were the brave bunch who released Tom Six’s The Human Centipede: Full Sequence as well as anti super hero flick Super, and they have now picked up The Rites of Spring. There are no release details for here in the UK as yet, IFC Midnight seemed to get The Human Centipede 2 released here in the UK pretty quickly after the US release, and that was with all those banning issues!
The Hollywood Reporter had all the details on the deal:
“A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolf, Marco St. John, Hannah Bryan, Sarah Pachelli, James Bartz, Shanna Forestall, Skylar Burke and Andrew Breland star in the story of kidnappers whose hideout in an abandoned school is attacked by a mysterious creature. Wes Benton and Eric Thompson produced the film; Bobby Benton and John Norris served as executive producers.
“‘We’re thrilled to be working with Padraig Reynolds on his immensely entertaining, genre-bending thriller,’ said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. ‘He’s a major talent, and it is sure to be one of our most popular IFC Midnight titles next year.’
“Sundance Selects/IFC Films exec Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.”
“A group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school on the edge of town. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.“
(Source: Hollywood Reporter)
By Matt Wavish