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Stars: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle, Dejan Loyola, Jeffrey Ballard, Hiro Kanagawa, Jesse Wheeler, Tom Stevens, Kevan Ohtsji, Hyuma Frankowski | Written by Ryan W. Smith, Sheldon Wilson | Directed by Steven R. Monroe
Apparently (at least according to the blurb on the front cover) based on a true story, Grave Halloween is the latest movie from director Steven R. Monroe – yes he of I Spit on Your Grave 1 & 2 fame – who returns to making TV movies for the Syfy channel (I really liked Mongolian Death Worm Fyi) with this, a J-horror inspired slice of mediocrity that tries to mix American and Japanese filmic ideals, never quite meshing the two together well enough to be a complete success.
Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding »
- Phil Wheat
Director: Steven R. Monroe.
Running Time: 89 minutes
Grave Halloween? With a title like that you just know you’re in for double the horror. Add to that the fact it all takes place in Suicide Forest, and you’ll be asking “What could possibly go wrong?” In I Spit On Your Grave remake director, Steven R. Monroe’s made for TV movie in the Us, we get an uneven, but not completely unrewarding horror, that pretty much lives up to its cheesy title.
Kaitlyn Leeb plays Maiko, a young Japanese woman who was adopted by an American family long ago. Now living in Japan, she discovers her birth mother committed suicide in a famous suicide spot, and takes along some of her film student pals to document a pilgrimage to recover the body. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Mmmm, can you smell it in the air? Pumpkin-flavored-everything, that crisp fall breeze and fresh apple pie – it’s October alright. Along with those distinctive fall treats comes a never-ending shipment of horror movies waiting to be reviewed, with Grave Halloween being my inaugural kickoff of what purists deem the official horror movie season. Coming to you from the producer of Embrace Of The Vampire (ugh) and the director of I Spit On Your Grave 2 (double ugh), this SyFy original (Ahhh) was picked up for reasons unknown by Anchor Bay, almost a full year after its silver screen premiere. If you find yourself wandering around the “Suicide Forest,” don’t say I didn’t warn you – and watch out for evil Geisha ghosts!
Kaitlyn Leeb plays Maiko, a girl looking to uncover the truth about her mother’s suicide. Accompanied by some of her filmmaker friends, who obviously record the adventure documentary-style, »
- Matt Donato
Maiko’s following in her mother’s footsteps, leading her to a vast stretch of trees known as the “Suicide Forest.” It’s where her mother took her life, and now Maiko’s come seeking answers about her mom and these cursed woods, with a documentary film crew in tow. Having debuted last October on the Syfy channel, Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing Grave Halloween on DVD in time for October 31st horror movie marathons.
Press Release - “In Japan, on the northwest base of Mount Fuji, lies a patch of dense forest roughly 21 miles square. Called Aokigahara, or the “Sea of Trees,” it’s also known as the “Suicide Forest.” For one woman desperate to resolve a loved one’s death, it »
- Derek Anderson
Japan's Aokigahara forest, or the Suicide Forest, is widely considered one of the most frightening places on the planet and for good reason. Read on for details concerning the latest film set in this sinister locale.
From the Press Release
In Japan, on the northwest base of Mount Fuji, lies a patch of dense forest roughly 21 miles square. Called Aokigahara, or the “Sea of Trees,” it’s also known as the “Suicide Forest.” For one woman desperate to resolve a loved one’s death, it will become a battlefield for her very soul...
On September 30th, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents Grave Halloween on DVD. Directed by Steven R. Monroe (2010’s I Spit On Your Grave) and produced by John Prince (Metal Shifters, 12 Disasters, Collision Earth), Grave Halloween terrified viewers during its premiere last year as part of Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween celebration. Srp is $19.98 for the DVD, and pre-book is August 27th. »
- Steve Barton
Viewers that might have missed SyFy’s 31 Days of Halloween celebration last year might have missed this one, but Anchor Bay Entertainment is looking to remedy that by releasing Steven R.Monroe(2010′s I Spit On Your Grave remake)’s Grave Halloween to DVD on September 30th.
“In the film, Kaitlyn Leeb (Wrong Turn 4, Total Recall) stars as Maiko, a college student whose mother, years earlier, took her own life in the infamous “Suicide Forest.” Now leading a student documentary film crew, Maiko hopes to shed light not only on this infamous cultural landmark, but also bring some closure to her own inner demons sprung from her tragic past. Soon the entire group realizes that their hunt for the truth is now coming after them, in a fight for survival against those who may have died in the Suicide Forest, but never left it.
- Jerry Smith
6 items from 2014
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