Springtime of Love (for Horror)

Spring (2014) was an unusual movie for me. I was in the mood for a screamer type of horror film. I feel like I got tricked into a romantic comedy film or something else. As I had said during recitation, I thought that Sir had played the wrong movie. The film came across as philosophical at first, the type that is existentialist and answers “Who am I?” and all that question about life and the self, with a little bit of comedy. That was its impression on me, until the protagonist Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) met Louise (Nadia Hilker). After the first time they talked, I had a hunch that the movie would deal with romance and this girl could be the monster. She could be a witch or something. Which was the case. Louise was something else, and though that explanation about evolution may be problematic for scientists, she was unlike any monster I had ever encountered in a movie. She may not have been the first shapeshifter or something, but she was maybe one of the few monsters that you can easily sympathize with.

She had been trying to hide her real identity. And you can really see that she was struggling (which was why she was taking the shots and all), and she did not even intend to hurt anyone (at least when she was at a rational human state). Her case of isolation and repression from society was different. Indirectly, the people surrounding her may have had a role with that. We all know people would flip out if Louise came out and showed the world what she really was, although she has not. Which was why she decidedly tried to hide from the world—living in a small town, alone, interacting with only a few, alienating people who had gotten close to her.  Again, she was someone who could be easily sympathized with. You kind of feel sorry for her, and want her to live happily. Hers was a different kind of oppression, because she felt the need that she to do it to herself for the common good.

Louise was more interesting of a character as opposed to the guy Evan; he was a character who was hard to like. He kept on cursing, he was indecisive, he had issues. Louise seemed bubbly and clever. At first I might have wished they would not end up together. But I changed my mind when Evan finally found out about Louise’s identity. Right there I could see some character development in the both of them. It seemed like Louise became more honest instead of hiding the truth, and Evan was trying to be not an ass by thinking things through and not going on impulse decisions. I was enjoying the movie at this point and had forgiven the slow start to this movie.

Now with the theme about romance and that love can change you…. It is true. It can change up the definition of the horror genre and make it as vague as ever. What is a horror film? I think it will always stay ambiguous. Many other films could scare you at times, but there really is something about horror films. Does it require a monster? Sometimes there is not even a monster at all. Just because you do not know or understand something, does it mean it is supernatural? Like Louise it was quite hard to understand though she explained her situation was something about genetics. But then again, she is considered supernatural. Or is she? What comprises these things?

What defines the horror genre may not be as definite and structured as in other genres like romance and comedy, but I think therein lies the beauty of horror. It can be flexible and it can be anything horrifying, scary, or whatever to the targeted audience. It may be these things all the while horror can be the genre that makes you want to watch films despite being so repulsive or unusual for one’s taste. It can get ugly but at the same time can get really attractive. Horror is one paradoxical a genre, and it had been exemplified even more in Spring. With the character of Evan, he gets attracted to such an unusual woman Louise. Unusual is an understatement, but Evan is all of us horror audience. We get so drawn to the beauty and weirdness and ambiguity and mystery that is the horror genre.


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