Spring (2014)

Louise grows slimy tentacles!
Sometimes she eats birds or cats
Sometimes she eats birds or cats

Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci), a young American guy, visits Italy and starts dating an attractive woman called Louise (Nadia Hilker)… who is actually a 2,000-year-old immortal mutation.

Poster
Poster

This immortality is maintained via Louise’s habit of getting pregnant every 20 years in the spring, after which her body uses cells in the embryo she carries to recreate herself. During this phase she transforms into different creatures as the process continues.

Louise during a scabby-faced phase
Louise during a scabby-faced phase
Sometimes she can be hairy...
Sometimes she can be hairy…
...and sometimes she can be slimy
…and sometimes she can be slimy

This is a nicely-made, rather leisurely-paced romantic/body horror/monster movie: a bit like watching Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNRISE and finding out that the pretty girl can grow tentacles!
Actually, Roger Ebert summed it up well, saying that it was like ‘a hybrid of Richard Linklater and H.P. Lovecraft.’

Ah, the romance of young love...
Ah, the romance of young love…
It's behind you, Evan...
It’s behind you, Evan…
Tentacle fingers!
Tentacle fingers!

SPRING was directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (who also wrote the screenplay). Moorhead and Benson would go on to direct SYNCHRONIC (2019), the Marvel miniseries MOON KNIGHT (2022), two episodes of the miniseries ARCHIVE 81 (2022) and the subtly Lovecraftian film THE ENDLESS (2017).

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson at an event for SPRING
Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson at an event for SPRING
DVD cover
DVD cover
Poster
Poster

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