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Rising with terrifying grandeur, the forest is real – and it is the suspense-filled setting of The Forest, a frightening supernatural thriller on Digital HD now, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 12, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Forest on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD comes with terrifying bonus features including behind-the-scenes photos and feature commentary with director Jason Zada.
A young woman’s hunt for her missing sister leads to horror and madness in The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games) and Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire, Zero Dark Thirty). When her troubled twin sister Jess mysteriously disappears, Sara Price (Dormer) discovers Jess vanished in Japan’s legendary Aokigahara Forest. Searching its eerie dark woods with the help of journalist Aiden (Kinney), Sara plunges into a tormented world where angry spirits lie in wait for those who ignore the warning: stay on the path. »
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The Night Shift will return to NBC this summer for its third season, and now the network is promoting the return with all new key art. Check out the poster below. The poster shows off the main cast, which includes Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., Jr Lemon, Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf.
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NBC has added to its large inventory of firstrun summer programming with premiere dates for two more series: returning medical drama “The Night Shift” and new alternative competition series “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge.”
The network announced Friday that “The Night Shift” will kick off its third season on Wednesday, June 1 at 10. That will give it a three-week head start opposite CBS’ new scripted drama “American Gothic,” which bows June 22.
“Night Shift,” one of three medical dramas currently on the NBC roster (alongside “Chicago Med” and “Heartbeat”), averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers overall during its second season on Mondays last spring, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-7” averages. The series from Sony Pictures Television stars Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., Jr Lemon, Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf.
“Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” makes its debut Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m., with a »
- Rick Kissell
The Night Shift will scrub in for Season 3 on Wednesday, June 1 at 10/9c, NBC has (finally) announced.
Starring Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., Jr Lemon, Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf, the midseason medical drama — which was the No. 1 new series during the summer of 2014 — follows a team of doctors and nurses at San Antonio Memorial’s emergency room.
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NBC has also set a Monday, June 13 at 10 pm sneak preview date for Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, »
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Chicago – It’s the closing day (Sunday, March 20th) of the 2016 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – and what better way to celebrate the weekend than a Exclusive Portrait Slideshow of the celebrity attendees of the 2015 edition of the event. Actor Matt Dillon, Director M. Night Shyamalan and Hayley Atwell (TV’s “Agent Carter”) of the Marvel Universe were among the celebrity highlights.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was at the 2015 C2E2, and will be delivering yet another set of portraits from this weekend’s comic and entertainment geek gathering. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
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The Forest, 2016.
Directed by Jason Zada.
A woman heads into Japan’s notorious Suicide Forest to find her missing twin sister, only to find herself confronted by supernatural terror.
The first real horror film of the year is something of a mixed bag. On the one hand, Jason Zada’s debut feature can be seen as an effective chiller with dashes of Blair Witch; on the other, it’s an unsubtle and lazily constructed jump thriller that keeps trying to be something it’s not. Or keeps trying not to be something it is. I’m not sure which.
Natalie Dormer isn’t really commanding enough in the lead role; her turn as Queen Margaery in Game Of Thrones has always been solid but rarely noteworthy, and it’s a similar situation here. There’s nothing ostensibly wrong with the performance, »
- Edward Gardiner
Viewers will soon be able to visit Japan’s Aokigahara Forest from the comfort of their couches with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s March 22nd Digital HD debut of The Forest, followed by their April 12th Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release of the Natalie Dormer-starring film.
Press Release: Universal City, California, February 25, 2016 – Rising with terrifying grandeur, the forest is real – and it is the suspense-filled setting of The Forest, a frightening supernatural thriller coming to Digital HD on March 22, 2016, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 12, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Forest on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD comes with terrifying bonus features including behind-the-scenes photos and feature commentary with director Jason Zada.
A young woman’s hunt for her missing sister leads to horror and madness in The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games) and Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire, Zero Dark Thirty »
- Derek Anderson
Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt, Yasuo Tobishima, Noriko Sakura, Yûho Yamashita, Lidija Antonic | Written by Nick Antosca, Sarah Cornwell, Ben Ketai | Directed by Jason Zada
After her sister is reported missing, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys from her home in the Us to Japan in search of her twin sister Jess, who was last seen heading to Aokigahara – the infamous suicide forest at the base of Mount Fuji. After a visit to the school where Jess teaches, the resourceful Sara sets out for the forest itself. Accompanied by a charismatic new acquaintance, expatriate journalist Aiden (Taylor Kinney), she enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Forest guide Michi (Yukiyoshi Ozawa) keeps a protective eye on them both, but when night falls he cannot dissuade them from staying in the forest, and reluctantly leaves the duo to face the elements alone. »
- Phil Wheat
Kicking off with a special screening of The Forest with star Natalie Dormer in attendance, and finishing in racy rock-fuelled style with Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to Glasgow Film Festival with another stellar line-up to shock, chill and thrill. A record thirteen films will screen from Thursday 25th February to Saturday 27th February, alongside a selection of unmissable shorts, guest director Q & A’s, great give-aways and a sneak preview of Paul Hyett’s Heretiks, with the popular director in attendance.
The line-up starts at 9pm on Thurs 25 Feb with the UK Premiere of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer searching for her twin sister in Japan’s most haunted location, the fabled Sea of Trees. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star is making her first appearance at Glasgow Film Festival and is thrilled to be headlining this gala event the »
- Phil Wheat
Focus Features dropped their new horror/thriller movie, "The Forest," into theaters today, January 8th, 2016, and all the major, top movie critics have revealed their opinions, and unfortunately for the movie, they weren't all too pleased, giving it an over 35 score out of a possible 100 across 12 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film features : Eoin Macken, Natalie Dormer, Osamu Tanpopo and Stephanie Vogt. We've added comments from a few of the critics,below. Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an an average 75 score, stating: "With a nice, unexpected twist at the end, The Forest delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort." Justin Chang over at Variety, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: "First-time director Jason Zada does generate an intermittently spooky sense of mystery that not even the muddled scripting can fully demolish." Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times, »
For the Trees: Zada’s Moody Locale Squandered by Feeble Narrative
We’ve come to expect studios to unbosom their less desirable horror trinkets during the dawning of every new year, and the annual tradition is alive and well with the equivocally titled The Forest from first time director Jason Zada. On a positive note, it’s a return to more traditional formatting, a move away from the found footage items we usually find released in this quarter (The Devil Inside; Devil’s Due), and it’s also not a remake or a dubious sequel (The Last Exorcism Part II). But Zada’s film is the second English language film revealed over the past year to waste its singularly spooky locale, Japan’s Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji (the first being Gus Van Sant’s Cannes blooper, Sea of Trees, which may explain this horror film’s »
- Nicholas Bell
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The Forest Director: Jason Zada Cast: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken Synopsis: "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, journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden, 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 »
- Steve Greene
The setting is suitably creepy, a thickly-wooded forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan that is known as a terribly popular site for people to commit suicide. The Aokigahara forest has also become associated with the spirit world over the years. In The Forest, directed by Jason Zada, it's where Jess Price (Natalie Dormer) disappears one night. Her identical twin sister Sara (also played by Dormer) senses this immediately. Ignoring her husband Rob (Eoin Macken), who gently suggests that she accept the worst-case scenario. Sara is convinced that her sister is alive and is soon on her way to Japan to find her. Sara is accustomed to picking up after Jess, so she assumes that this is merely the latest example. She...
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Something bad…..evil, happens in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a (real) destination popular for those looking for a scenic place to commit suicide. The sheer bad vibes of those woods have trapped its many victims inside as moldy ghosts that haunt people who dare enter. Such ghost stories are common in every storytelling culture, of course, but the Japanese have a long tradition of taking vengeful spirits seriously, in life as well as in art. The Forest, a new Hollywood film set in this foggy Japanese woodland is basically a haunted house film, replacing the house with a forest, but despite one or two mild scares, it never generates much tension and is only notable for being the first lousy horror film of 2016 (I’m sure there will be more).
- Tom Stockman
Japan’s Aokigahara forest has long been a notoriously frequent suicide spot for troubled locals, but over the past year it’s also become a fashionable destination for American filmmakers looking to milk hallucinatory thrills and anguished tears from this beautifully foreboding stretch of woodland. Arriving in theaters several months after Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees” bombed at the Cannes Film Festival, “The Forest” can’t help but benefit from the comparison: It may be a cut-rate showcase for good-looking imperiled Westerners and J-horror scares (where the “J” might just as well stand for “January”), but the whitewashing here at least feels more honest, and first-time director Jason Zada does generate an intermittently spooky sense of mystery that not even the muddled scripting can fully demolish.
- Justin Chang
Sara (Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer) wants answers about the vanishing of her sister, but her determination could be her downfall in the eerie Aokigahara Forest. New photos and clips from Gramercy Pictures' The Forest offer a glimpse into the new horror film ahead of its January 8th theatrical release.
"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 of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire”), 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 »
- Derek Anderson
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