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Grave Halloween (2013)

Suicide forest is just a name - isn't it? Miko intends to find out, even if it means uncovering the sad truth about her mothers suicide.

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Steven R. Monroe
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kaitlyn Leeb ... Maiko
Cassi Thomson ... Amber
Graham Wardle ... Kyle
Dejan Loyola ... Terry
Jeffrey Ballard ... Craig (as Jeff C. Ballard)
Hiro Kanagawa ... Jin
Jesse Wheeler Jesse Wheeler ... Brody
Tom Stevens ... Skylar
Kevan Ohtsji ... Policeman
Hyuma Frankowski Hyuma Frankowski ... Junior Policeman
Maiko Miyauchi ... Maiko's Mother
Luna Kurokawa Luna Kurokawa ... Maiko's Sister
Isabelle Beech Isabelle Beech ... Young Maiko
Yukari Komatsu ... Bracelet Woman
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Storyline

In Japan, the college student Maiko grieves the loss of her mother, who committed suicide two weeks ago in the notorious "suicide forest". Maiko is seeking out her body and her friends Amber and Terry decide to make a documentary about her quest as school project. Terry invites his friend Kyle to shoot their documentary and they head to the forest. On the arrival, they meet the lonely hiker Jin, who asks them to leave the dead in peace and go away and stays with them. However they decide to search the spot and soon their college mates Skylar, Brody and Craig play a prank on them. While returning to their car, the trio finds a dead body and Skyler steals a Rolex from his wrist. When Jin finds what they have done, he advises that they are doomed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No one survives in the suicide forest

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence and grisly images | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Suicide Forest See more »

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Color
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Trivia

The suicide forest actually exists in Japan. In Japanese, it is called Aokigahara, and is at the bottom of Mount Fuji. The forest range covers around 14 square miles. Once you enter the forest, it's completely silent - no sounds of birds singing or animals rustling around. The number of suicides taking place there has increased yearly, and the Japanese government has placed signs around the perimeter of the forest, in Japanese and in English, urging people to stay away. There is a government department with the sole assignment of periodically going into the forest to remove as many bodies as possible. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, a police officer puts Maiko into a patrol car that has the engine running as there is exhaust smoke coming out of the tail pipe. But when he gets in the car to drive away, you hear the sound of the engine being started before he drives away. No reason to start the engine when it is already running. Poor sound editing. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Jin: Sometimes you get lost in the forest... sometimes the forest loses you
Jin: You stole my watch now I steal your soul
[holds up a noose]
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Referenced in The Forest (2016) See more »

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A mixture of Japanese and Western horror...
3 November 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"Grave Halloween" is sort of a very odd mixture between Japanese and Western horror. And the end result is entertaining enough, although not particular scary.

The story is about a group of Americans in Japan, who venture into a forest that is known for the high number of suicides that have been taking place there. Maiko (played by Kaitlyn Leeb) is there to return her dead mother's belongings and to perform a ceremony to grant the spirit of her dead mother final rest. The forest seems to be unending and plays tricks on those who venture inside.

As entertaining as "Grave Halloween" was, then the movie never really got off more than a mediocre launch. The hybrid between traditional Japanese ghost movies and Western horror didn't really pan out as nicely as it could have been. And as much as I enjoy zombie movies, then the spirits haunting the forest should have been ghost entities, but they were more zombie than ghosts. And this ultimately took something away from the story.

The acting in the movie was alright, given the story and the script that the actors and actresses had to work with. Kaitlyn Leeb really carried the movie quite nicely.

"Grave Halloween" is actually one of the more nice SyFy horror movies, but it was just lacking something crucial to make it outstanding.

If you enjoy the SyFy original movie line and are somewhat familiar with the Asian ghost cinema, then "Grave Halloween" could be entertaining for you. It was well worth a single watch, although the movie hardly has enough material to sustain more than a single viewing.

"Grave Halloween" scores a mediocre 5 out of 10 stars.


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