Friday, April 8, 2016

The Forest (2016)

Director: Jason Zada. Cast: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney. 93 min. Rated PG-13. Horror.

I'd read about Aokigahara, Japan's "Suicide Forest", where people go to take their lives. I've thought the concept is mind-numbing scary (google images at your own risk), so it's fertile ground for a great horror story. But boy, did they botch the job. In this Oozaini genre film, Dormer (Game of Thrones' Margaery) searches the forest for her twin sister, and the number of shock shots are so desensitizing, the ending is so stupid and unresolved, you wonder why they chose this as their location, as dumb horror stories can happen anywhere. Good material in the hands of awful filmmakers.

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