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The Forest (2016)

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A woman goes into Japan's Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts supernatural terror.

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Rob
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Osamu Tanpopo ...
Homeless Man (as Tanpopo Osamu)
Yasuo Tobishima ...
Sushi Chef
Ibuki Kaneda ...
Mei (Schoolgirl)
Akiko Iwase ...
Head Teacher
Kikuo Ichikawa ...
Businessman
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Mayumi
Jozef Aoki ...
Visitor Center Morgue Man
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Sakura (as Yuho Yamashita)
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Aiden
Gen Seto ...
Narusawa Bartender
Terry Diab ...
Grandma
Nadja Mazalica ...
Sara / Jess (Age 6)
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A woman goes into Japan's Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts supernatural terror.

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and images | See all certifications »

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8 January 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El bosque siniestro  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,741,176 (USA) (8 January 2016)

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$26,583,369 (USA) (11 March 2016)
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According to the Spanish comic author Juan Torres, the plot, title, and look of the film are very similar to "El bosque de los suicidas," a Spanish comic book by Torres and Gabriel Hernández that was published in 2011. See more »

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In the first scenes, when Sara is talking with Rob in their bedroom, one shot was reversed. This is apparent by Natalie Dormer's moles here on the left side of her face. See more »

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Michi: [from trailer]
Michi: Do not stay after dark.
Sara: I'm not leaving without my sister.
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References Grave Halloween (2013) See more »

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Kotown
Written by Tom Hillock
Courtesy of Montmorency Records
Under license from 5 Alarm Music
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The Forest (2016)
10 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Japan's Aokigahara "Suicide Forest" by itself is a creepy and gruesome place because of its reputation as one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world as well as its historic association with demons in Japanese mythology. Its inherently scary atmosphere is perfect for a good horror movie, but The Forest mostly squanders its promise by degrading it to a hot spot for cheap jump scares. The Forest stars Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer in a dual role as twins Jess and Sara. Jess has disappeared into the forest, and Sara travels to Japan to go into the forest to look for her, unaware of the demons that lurk in the forest. The film has a pretty interesting premise and could have worked if executed correctly. 2014's As Above, So Below took an intrinsically creepy setting, the Paris catacombs, and used an unsettling atmosphere and good scares to make one of the better horror films of that year. The Forest does not use its setting to its advantage. Any atmosphere created by the forest is frittered away by a dull jump scare. Despite all the loud noises and sudden shocks, the scares are just boring. That could have been helped by a good story, but once Sara actually reaches the forest, the plot just sort of stops. The last half of the movie is just her running through the forest while demons pop out from behind the trees. It's not until the end that the plot decides to move forward any more, but by the time the big twist happens, you don't really care. The Forest has a committed performance from Natalie Dormer and glimmers of an interesting movie but mostly wastes them on predictable jump scares and a bland story.


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