'And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished; for the small hours were rent with the screams of nightmare. Never before had the screams of nightmare been such a public problem; now the wise men almost wished they could forbid sleep in the small hours, that the shrieks of cities might less horribly disturb the pale, pitying moon as it glimmered on green waters gliding under bridges, and old steeples crumbling against a sickly sky.'
If the second pic doesn't give you an idea how much I love Lovecraft, I know every word of Nyarlathotep by heart. 🖤
Dir: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorehead
Following the death of his elderly mother a young man named Evan is in a violent bar fight, and ultimately decides to leave his past behind due to impending criminal charges. Hastily deciding to travel abroad he goes to Italy to help cure his current existential crisis. Evan meets a few rough Aussies travelling down the coast of southern Italy, and he makes up his mind to tag along. Arriving in a beautiful coastal city Evan begins looking for work as a farm hand at one of the local vineyards. As Evan starts to get the kind of piece of mind he has been long searching for he stumbles across a miraculously beautiful young woman. She welcomes his advances, as well as challenges him, and early on he is hooked. Now as he falls in love with both this mysterious woman, and his new surroundings he becomes absorbed with this new life. So much so he is oblivious to the young womans warnings to keep his distance. Now Evan must deal with the fact he is in love with an inhuman creature, or die trying.------- "Spring" manages to combine two elements, a love story and a creature feature. Something that has been done rarely, if ever done quite so well as it is here. While Spring is certainly not a huge budget, big production block buster, it does a simply fantastic job with the budget it was given. Indy films in general could learn a thing or two from studying a production like this. There are few characters present, but those who are, are done in astounding depth and detail. Both believable and realistic, the actors play their roles extremely well which is direly important as Evan and Louise carry the film. While violence is not the center of this horror story, it is present, as are elements of Lovecraftian inspired witch craft. As equally important to the plot as the love story, is the grotesque creature effects. Which are creative, ambitious and truly original in design. The film is full of existentialism, ideological philosophy, and creature feature madness.
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