Nadia Hilker and Lou Taylor Pucci in Spring.

Some might find the supernatural elements of horror/romance film Spring to be a little hard to swallow. For me, the part that’s really hard to swallow is that a short-order cook from the United States could just pick up and go to Italy at a moment’s notice.

No way! Not on his salary.

The short-order cook is Evan, played by likable actor Lou Taylor Pucci. After the death of his parents and a fight in a bar, he flees to Italy, where he meets the love of his life, Louise (Nadia Hilker). Nadia has it all: looks, intelligence, sly wit—and the tendency to shape-shift into catlike and reptilian monsters.

Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, utilizing a script by Benson, have made a film that is genuinely scary, touching and funny all at once. Pucci and Hilker are good together, especially in the moments after Evan discovers Louise’s primordial secrets. The way the couple deals with her monster moments is surprisingly funny. As for the horror effects, they are quite good, given the film’s small budget.

Add this one to the list of recent horror efforts that expand upon the genre, along with The Babadook and It Follows. Spring caught our attention when it was featured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and it’s great to see it now available to a wide audience.

Spring is available on demand and via online sources including iTunes and