Rites of Spring

(2012)

In Rites of Spring, a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. 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.

EXCLUSIVE: AJ Bowen Talks ‘Rites of Spring’

EXCLUSIVE: AJ Bowen Talks ‘Rites of Spring’

If you've been disappointed by this summer's lack of horror, or are craving the type of true creature feature usually reserved for October, you're in luck! As IFC Midnight will be releasing Rites of Spring in select theaters this Friday, July 27th. Directed by Padraig Reynolds, this greasy little caper follows a group of kidnappers who unwittingly drag their hostage into the nest of a mysterious entity that needs to feed on a spring time sacrifice. We caught up with star AJ Bowen, a horror genre mainstay whose made a name for himself in such films as The Signal and The House of the Devil, to unwrap some of the secrets surrounding Rites of Spring.

Here is our conversation.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Rites of Spring’ Photos with AJ Bowen and Anessa Ramsey

"Fear has a season!" Coming to select theaters and VOD July 27th is Padraig Reynolds's crowd-pleasing thriller Rites of Spring. This gritty, edge-of-your-seat ride follows a group of kidnappers who abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite, hiding her in an abandoned school out in the middle of the woods. Feelings of guilt soon overtake the group, dividing the captors 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. We have three exclusive photos from this IFC Midnight treat. Check out genre favorite AJ Bowen and Anessa Ramsey moments before their lives take a drastic turn for the worse.

Rites of Spring is available nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) starting July 27, 2012.

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‘Rites of Spring’ Acquired by IFC Films

IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds' thriller Rites of Spring. The film, with a screenplay also by Reynolds, stars AJ Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph, Marco St. John, Hannah Bryan, Sarah Pachelli, James Bartz, Shanna Forrestall, Skylar Burke, and Andrew Breland. Bobby Benton and John Norris served as executive producers while Wes Benton and Eric Thompson produced.

In Rites of Spring, a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. 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.

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