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Movie Review: The Forest

8 January 2016 4:15 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

“Hang on… yeah, no, we’re definitely lost.”

When I use the phrase “J-horror,” what comes to mind? More than likely, you think of Sadako from The Ring; a Japanese school girl with long hair disguising her horrible face, lurching towards you from inside a TV screen. There’s a good reason for that; Gore Verbinski’s 2002 adaptation of Ringu ignited a pop culture mania in the United States for J-horror adaptations, leading to The Grudge and Dark Water, both commercially successful in their own rights (though critically panned). These films were both accompanied by and followed by an onslaught of English remakes of J-horror films, as well as sequels to the now iconic The Ring and The Grudge. Few, if any, of these are films that what even a generous horror fan would call “worthwhile.”

As of 2010, the trend of J-horror adaptations has subsided in favor of our own ghost stories, »

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