The vampire has long been a favorite of the horror genre, both in the traditional Gothic style of the original Dracula through more modern interpretations such as SALEM’S LOT and even post apocalyptic films like STAKELANDER or the classic novel I AM LEGEND. And it’s that scenario that Jeff Sinasac chose for his debut feature RED SPRING. Sadly it doesn’t live up to it’s predecessors, feeling much like a generic action film with the bloodsuckers as villains.
Focusing on a group of survivors who are trying to locate lost loved ones while staying one step ahead of their pursuers, The squabble among themselves, have run ins with the undead and squabble some more before finding a highly defensible hideout. Of course it soon becomes a siege situation and after much squabbling the survivors attempt an escape.
If the original script hadn’t been written in 2003 I’d honestly have thought RED SPRING was trying to pull a riff on THE WALKING DEAD at times in it’s general structure and group dynamics. And while this might work for a tv show it quickly becomes tedious in a movie and as a result it just seems to drag on and on to it’s conclusion.
From a technical point of view the film is well made with some creepy makeup and decent cinematography but they can’t overcome the lack of a good script. And there’s no excuse for this given the fact Sinasac had fourteen years to rewrite and improve it. Instead RED SPRING is a well made but dull film that owes more to RED DAWN than I AM LEGEND.
RED SPRING might be worth a watch for vampire completists but others will probably be bored.