I know that pineapples go on pizza, but that’s my opinion. But a horror-romance film? How does that even make sense? Well, that’s one of the things that actually came into fruition with Spring. It is a very unique horror film in a sense that it goes deeper than the monster terrorizes the people narrative. How about the protagonist falls in love with the monster narrative? Now that’s a story to tell.
Spring tells the story of Evan, who at the start of the film loses his mom to cancer as well as losing his job. Frustrated, he gets into a bar fight and is then hunted down by the police. In order to escape, he then flies to Italy in order to find himself. He then meets a girl name Louisse, falling in love with her in the process. He then discovers that Louise is not what she seems. She is revealed to be a 2,000 year old mutant who transforms into different monsters and has to get pregnant every 20 years in order to maintain her immortality.
What I like about this movie is that it stretches its limitations as to what constitutes a horror film. At first glance, it can easily be categorized as a romance film, but its plot twists and other film elements can give it a case of it being a horror film. The story revolves around the love story between Evan and Louise, experiencing their adventures together and them finally being together at the movie’s conclusion. But with this, there are a lot of elements of horror found in the film as well, mainly Louise’s transformation into different monsters and the presence of gore and cannibalism, things that are considered frightening to viewers. These two different genres ensue a boxing match throughout the movie with no clear winner. In other words, there is no clear genre between the two that clearly stands out in the movie, leaving audiences to wonder as to what genre this movie actually belongs.
With this in mind, I would like to bring about how can you consider a film as a horror film?In this essay, Jancovich generally talks about the diversity of horror movies. How I interpreted the essay is because of how media is becoming more and more prevalent in society, there has been an abundance of movies and artist more than ever. With this, horror movies have continued to evolve. Through these change of times, Jancovich argues that there is not a single way of defining a horror movie anymore. There is a certain metaphysics when it comes to horror films such that one can be classified as a horror movie, but you cannot limit the idea of a horror film into one kind of idea anymore. You cannot encapsulate what a horror film should be, and this is what Jancovich is trying to prove in my opinion. One can argue that this one movie is more “horror” than another horror film, but it does not make the other not a horror film. The essay then argues as to what really make a horror film a horror film? There were a lot of arguments about this in the essay, but let me talk about mine: what makes a horror film one is the kind of emotions that it extracts from the audience, which is what the genre is actually named after – horror. But how come some films can be “scarier” than other films? My argument here is that because some films just have more horror elements to it than others. One film can have violence and gore with a lot of jump scares, and that’s what makes it a “generic” horror film. But, the signs of the times suggest that there are more and more ways to frighten the viewers more than just these elements. Psychological ways and understanding the audience can be some tools that filmmakers can use to make a good horror film without having to resort to cheap jump scares.
This is what I like about Spring, it is that it represents the up and coming hybrids of horror films. It is definitely a memorable film when it classifies itself as horror-romance, which I believe is the first of its kind. It puts together two things that people might not find a good fit, and creates a great symphony of a movie in the process, much like how pineapples on pizza make a delicious combination. A take away from this film? Always keep an open mind and do not let yourself be confined to an idea that would prevent you from enjoying what’s in front of you.