The Forest

The Forest

DVD - 2016
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Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to stay on the path. Determined to discover the truth about her sister's fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.
Publisher: Unviersal City, California :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FORE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD
videodisc
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (94 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches

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Agrysen
Jan 27, 2017

I really wanted to like The Forest. It is based on the legends of the Aokigahara Forest aka the suicide forest in Japan. The movie also has Natalie Dormer who acted in Games of Thrones. In the beginning o the movie the set up for scares was great. There were various flashbacks that connected me to the characters and why they felt compelled to enter the dark forest. However, mid way through the film there were very obvious scares and the movie became lack luster. This wasn't due to a bad setting (no pun intended), or bad acting it was due to the bad writing and directing. As I mentioned before it could have been a great movie. There is plenty of controversy regarding the Aokigahara Forest and that probably led to a lot of hype surrounding the movie but the movie failed to live up to its potential. Worth a watch with low expectations.

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Lucik32
Dec 06, 2016

This movie sadly was a waste of time. Boring and not scary (like any other new "scary" movie nowadays). Luckily I had no high expectations. I watched it only out of curiosity since it's based on a legend and a real place. But that was about it. Waste of your time!

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hammer59
Oct 26, 2016

Seriously, nothing redeemable about this dreck.

I think I would rather watch the non-stop crappy political propaganda ads that will soon disappear after Nov. election.

SKIP THIS ONE.

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publicenemy45
Oct 12, 2016

this movie was okay nothing special not horriable but okay.

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mlee_86
Jul 28, 2016

This movie was a disppointment. The main character did everything you're not supposed to do. It's unfortunate, I was looking forward to this one.

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gurujr
Jul 25, 2016

Love the suicide forest location. That's about it for me regarding this movie. Ghosts were semi-scary but the girl was annoying as hell. Definitely, cheering on those ghosts.

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Monolith
Jul 10, 2016

A pedestrian horror with a creepy real-life location as its most intriguing main character, Japan's suicide forest, Aokigahara.

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LittleNoName
Jul 05, 2016

Awful, total waste of time.

Ive seen another movie about the suicide forest & it was actually really good, however, I cannot recall the title & have searched both the library catalogue & Google, with no luck. I will update if I find it though because it is worth watching.
UPDATE: I think the movie was called 'Grave Halloween', unfortunately the library doesn't have it so I can't be certain. I will try my local video rental store & Ive put in a request for purchase to the library. If it is that movie than its way cooler because it was filmed in Vancouver, Brtish Columbia & is based on a true story, not just a true place.
When/if I get more info I will update this again

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trevordunfordswife
Jun 26, 2016

I've seen worse movies but never one with so much potential that was so disappointing. What a concept - suicide forest, missing twin, superhero sister - but what a letdown when it comes to the actual nitty gritty of the film! OK acting, some suspense but not enough real 'in your face' frights in the forest and the ghosts themselves were pretty lame looking (not enough of them, either) - one even had Chuckie's face, LOL! Thought Taylor Kinney as Aidan did a good job as did Dormer but they were hampered by bad writing and just not enough psychological suspense either.

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Latin_Thinker
May 16, 2016

More bark than bite, or boo than bite, this supernatural thriller does very little to actually scare you, preferring instead to mess with your head and keep you guessing as to whether what you are seeing through the eyes of the protagonist is actually real or not. For all the hype this title fails to deliver on the one thing all supernatural horror films must provide in order to be passable: a decent scare. If you like a non gory not scary psychological ghost story check this one out, otherwise avoid it like a night in the suicide forest.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2016

Japanese teacher: Aokigahara. Th-The suicide forest? In old times it was a place for "ubasute." When there was not enough food, families would bring elderly women, the blind or sick to the forest and leave them to die.
Sara: That's awful. I don't understand. Why would the school take a class trip there?
Teacher: Mount Fuji is very beautiful and important to history. Aokigahara is simply part of the mountain ... People say spirits cannot rest there. They come back. Angry.
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Teacher: Yurei. Different from ghost. The forest use them to trick you. Do you know why "do not leave the path"? Because if you get lost and you have sadness in your heart, they will use it against you. Yurei come find you and make you see things and make you want to die. And you do it yourself.
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Sara: My sister Jess and I, we are identical twins. Once something happens to the one of us, the other one could tell. It's hard to explain, but I can just feel it.

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