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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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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
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Visitor Center Morgue Man
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Sakura (as Yuho Yamashita)
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Aiden
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Narusawa Bartender
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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)  »

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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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Eoin Macken had guest starred in 4 episodes of Natalie Dormer's earlier series The Tudors (2007) playing an English officer. See more »

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As Sara (Natalie Dormer) walks through the forest with the two men, her sweatshirt goes from being on to being around her waist a few times within continuous shots. See more »

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Aiden: See... there's nothing there.
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References Grave Halloween (2013) See more »

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Todomachi
Written by Juan Zambrano
Courtesy of Sonic Quiver
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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