An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death.
Sarah Wayne Callies,
Aokigahara, known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees, is a 35-square-kilometre forest lying at the north-west base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest has an association with demons in Japanese mythology, and is a common suicide site; a sign at the start of the main trail urges suicidal visitors to contact a suicide prevention association. There have been two recent movies inspired by this premise, Grave Halloween (2013) and The Sea of Trees (2015), both released before The Forest. See more »
During their first excursion into the forest with Sara, Aiden & Michi remove a decaying dead body hanging from a tree; as Michi cuts the rope, Aiden takes the body in a "Fireman's Carry" across his shoulders and lowers it to the ground.
The chances of this happening in real life are extremely unlikely. Even an inexperienced person like Aiden would know better than to make close, direct physical contact with a putrefying corpse, which is undoubtedly swarming with bacteria & insects- as well as leaking any number of bacteria laden bodily fluids- creating a highly unsanitary situation.
Furthermore- immediately after having the corpse directly across his shoulders- Aiden continues his hike in close proximity to his companions; not only does his light color T-Shirt show no sign of bodily fluids or rotting flesh, in real life the smell of the decaying body on Aiden's clothing & skin would be so overwhelming as to be unbearable, not only to him but to those around him (that's why those who work around crime scenes, dead bodies, etc., wear special disposable bio suits and sometimes must even dispose of their street clothing if it is saturated with the odor of decaying tissue- the smell is that bad). See more »
I don't know if this forest made you psycho or you were always this crazy.
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A Psychological Thriller with No Psychological Thrill
As arguably the world's biggest Natalie Dormer fan, I went into The Forest with the mind-state of what I imagine equates to that of a worrisome parent watching their freshman son go up against varsity football players--I knew the outcome wasn't going to be good, but hopefully it wouldn't be too brutal. Much to my chagrin, this film was the equivalent of a twice-held-back, twenty-year-old middle linebacker with an anger issue, repeatedly pummeling my sweet, sweet Queen Margery into the ground. The Forest is a horror movie with no horror, as well as a psychological thriller with no psychological thrill! If you're leaving the theater saying, "Well, at least it was better than Krampus," you should probably take solace in the fact that you caught the matinée showing and saved three bucks on the ticket...
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