Fantastic Fest Hit "Spring" Introduces A Brand New Movie Monster

Nadia Hilker in Spring

Spring was a hit at Fantastic Fest, winning an acting award for Lou Taylor Pucci. After festival screenings, Drafthouse Films announced it would distribute the film next year. The film stars Pucci as a man traveling in Italy who falls in love with a local girl (Nadia Hilker), who keeps her transformations hidden from him. At the film’s Fantastic Fest screening, directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead discussed the film’s monster.

“We like to do this thing with our movies where you know how it just seems like for the last century, every single monster movie is either a zombie, an alien, a vampire, a werewolf, maybe a couple other things?” Benson said. “What if you came up with something else, totally new? That’s been a big thing.”

Setting the film in Italy gave them some inspiration for new types of myths to create. “Italy is a place of myth,” Moorhead said. “It’s one of the oldest cultures that we all know about. It’s like there’s this old story there that everybody knows. A lot of the movie is about myth and mythology in a way, even though we are kind of trying to trail blaze our own if we can. It’s seeped in it. Even modern myths, Batman and Harry Potter, that is a modern myth. We like putting a little bit of a magnifying glass of we all make up stories, but sometimes there’s something completely new.”

Without spoiling the brand new creature, the filmmakers revealed how some of her properties were based on existing natural creatures. “You know how alien is supposed to be the scariest monster of all time?” Benson said. “The idea behind the xenomorph is that it’s nature based. It appears parasitic, especially in its younger form. So Aaron and I, the way we designed this with MASTERSFX was always sending just reference photos from nature, like squid and lizards and snakes and all these things, to get the textures and the pieces of her since she’s sort of this evolutionary Frankenstein. The idea being that it would have a lot of psychological impact because it is nature based.”

Pucci and Hilker really sell the relationship, which the directors credit to the actors’ tenacity and dedication. “The chemistry question is pretty interesting because there’s no chemistry on day 30, ever, between anyone,” Benson said. “Everyone hates each other and wants to go home. What I’m saying is they’re both just really good actors. Everyone became really good friends on set. Both just really amazing, great people.”

Look for Spring in 2015 from Drafthouse Films.

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