French Fries and Ice Cream: An Unexpected Pairing

“Spring” is NOT your typical horror film and one that I would not expect to watch in class. The movie starts with a Evan and his dying mother so seeing this, I would think okay this lady is dying so maybe she’s gonna try to do something to try and bring her back or something like that but no that wasn’t the case. Then Evan gets into a fight at the bar with a gang member and here I am again thinking, okay maybe these gangbangers are into the occult and bring him somewhere with some demon or something but that still wasn’t the case.

It turns out Evan wants to find himself and goes on a European getaway and that is where the “fun” happens. You wouldn’t expect much horror based on the setting but after thinking about it, maybe a monster movie makes more sense in this setting based on all the history that is in Europe. Once there, Evan meet a girl, Louise, and that is where the story got kind of peculiar for me. Here I am expecting a horror movie but now I see that we’ve got a romance going on instead. Instead of a horror movie I get to watch a romance movie??? Did not see that coming but it ended up being a good thing.

I really didn’t know what to expect as the movie progressed. In my head I was thinking that it had the feel of a twisted version of Beauty and the Beast albeit with a bit of a role reversal in terms of who the beauty and who the beast was. To be honest, I would liken this movie more to be closer to “Twilight” in a sense that it shows a love story between a human and the paranormal. To be even more honest I do occasionally enjoy watching a romance movie every once in a while, and I do crave getting my hugot on occasionally so to see this film blend my guilty pleasure and a class requirement was unexpected yet enjoyable at the same time.

It may not be a “tale as old as time” nor does it even come close to Emma Watson dancing around in her gown but “Spring” did the film did a good job of weaving a story that takes an out of placer and puts him in a place that makes him even more out of place, only to find that the place he wants to be is with a beautiful girl with a dark secret. Pretty typical romance stuff if you ask me but here’s the kicker, this beautiful girl is actually a monster that feeds off the life fluids of other beings to keep her form as a beautiful woman. And thus we welcome the horror into this romance story.

Using Mark Jancovich and his article “Genre and the Audience: Genre Classifications and Cultural Distinctions in the Mediation of The Silence of the Lambs”, he stated that it is hard to really “box in” horror because at the end of the day, horror is such a subjective concept and what one thinks is scary and fits the bill for what a horror movie is, may be different from another person’s opinion of what horror is. The generic response when people hear the word horror is that they’re expecting there to be a killer or a monster or something paranormal and the movie is dedicating to solving this problem. The last thing that people would expect from a horror movie is for the monster and the human to fall in love but at the end of the day because there is a monster, people would still consider “Spring” as a horror film.

At the end of the day, although it was unconventional, this whole romantic horror thing worked for me. Sometimes love comes in the most unexpected places and from the most unexpected people. Just like how we can’t choose who to love, we can’t choose how horror films are going to turn out. You wouldn’t think that these two things would necessarily work well together but it actually did. It’s like dipping your French fries in your ice cream, it shouldn’t work and you cringe at the thought of it but until you try it and fully experience the combination of these two opposite is when you can finally decide for yourself if they’re meant to be just like Evan and Louise.

Mark Jancovich, “Genre and the Audience: Genre Classifications and Cultural Distinctions in the Mediation of The Silence of the Lambs.” Horror, The Film Reader (Routledge, 2002)

 

 

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