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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.


Steven R. Monroe

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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


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

19 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Suicide Forest See more »

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Did You Know?


This is not the first time Kaitlyn Leeb and Graham Wardle have worked together. They both work on the TV series "Heartland" playing Ty Borden and Cassandra "Cass" Lee Odell, respectively. See more »


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 »


[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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Halloween with the SyFy Channel
24 October 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

For the SyFy Channel, who have produced countless bad movies with the odd tolerable one, Grave Halloween is not so bad at all. It is filmed and edited competently and the setting is quite creepy. The music does have the appropriate amount of eeriness, the death scenes are gory and really very chilling and the acting especially from Cassie Thomson and Hiro Kanagawa is above-average. Extra plaudits also for the details of Japan and the Japanese laws and customs being spot on, and for the homages paid to The Evil Dead, The Ring and The Blair Witch Project without blatantly ripping them off. Grave Halloween is not without its flaws though. The characters are not very well-defined at all and at the end of the day there's not really anybody despite the acting that you find yourself caring for. The dialogue lacks flow and can sound downright embarrassing at times("that's super comforting" is something you'd hear a stereotypical high school student say). And with the story, there is a good idea somewhere that is not translated quite so well on screen, the back-story and the Japanese culture are intriguing but the mystery and horror elements- which are more important- are not. The mystery elements are not paced very securely and feels too predictable and lacking in suspense and tension to really convince, and the horror suffers also from predictability and not everybody looking as though they properly care for their predicament. Grave Halloween wisely uses its special effects minimally, but when they are there at best they are just okay and too many times also rather shoddy. The ghosts evoke some chills, but did anybody else think that they looked a little more like zombies rather than ghosts? All in all for the SyFy Channel, Grave Halloween is not bad but as a movie taking that it's SyFy out of the equation for a minute it is one that is alright but left wanting. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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