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Haunted Forest (2007)

R | | Horror | 26 June 2007 (USA)
The Indian descendent Sean comes to a forest with his friends Josh and Flipp trying to find the track to a mysterious cursed tree and a secret burial ground. His grandfather wrote a journal... See full summary »

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Mauro Borrelli

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sevy Di Cione ... Sean / Nodin
Adam Green ... Josh
Mark Hengst ... McCane
Edoardo Beghi ... Flipp (as Edo Beghi)
Naomi Ueno Naomi Ueno ... Kiyomi
Jennifer Luree Jennifer Luree ... Jennifer
Hans Uder Hans Uder ... Tourist
Kiralee Hayashi ... Satinka (as Kira Hayashi)
Vito Dinatolo ... Victim #1
Aldo Antonelli Aldo Antonelli ... Victim #3 (as Al Antonelli)
Luigi Campanile Luigi Campanile ... Victim #2 (as Gigi Campanile)
Mauro Borrelli ... Victim #4
Agim Kaba ... J.R.
Justin Klosky ... Skinny (Cowboy)
Clifford Neil Clifford Neil ... Cal (Cowboy)
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The Indian descendent Sean comes to a forest with his friends Josh and Flipp trying to find the track to a mysterious cursed tree and a secret burial ground. His grandfather wrote a journal about the love of the Indian Satinka and the son of the medicine man of their tribe one hundred and twenty years ago, and how Satinka was trapped in a tree by an evil spirit. Meanwhile, the girlfriends Jennifer and Kiyomi are searching for flowers in the same woods. When Flipp and Kiyomi vanish, their friends meet each other and stay together while a deranged hunter chases new victims for the vengeful spirit of the tree. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Only the Trees Can Hear You Scream

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Satinka See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Fotocomics Productions See more »
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A Haunting Film
10 October 2007 | by mart-45See all my reviews

Haunted Forest is a very decent low budget indie programmer. It sure doesn't tell one a story that one hasn't heard before, nor does it have much of a point as you look back on it, but it has some very redeeming moments of horror, overall beautiful picture (something you don't usually expect from a cheapie), good music, decent FX and largely a likable cast. There are a few characters who don't contribute to the storyline much and leave the viewer wonder why they were added in the first place. But obviously the mission of such a film is to scare the viewer, and if some new visual scares are introduced to the sturdy row of old school horror handbook, I can only applaud. Yes, some moments were rather innovative and redeem the shortcomings of the film.

It's also the first indie film I've seen, which employs the Japanese invention, the "Ringu-Girl" - meaning the pale barefooted girl with long black hair combed in front of her face, something that all the viewers raved about some 6-7 years ago, who then crossed into the mainstream horror but the inclusion of whom nowadays has acquired something of a camp value. The idea of that creature in an American forest can seem bizarre, but the makers have actually put her to good use.

So have no hesitation to sit through this film. Instead of a usual gore fest and body count you get a rather poetic rendition of an old Indian legend with credible characters and moody atmosphere.


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