The Forest [DVD] [2016]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (195 out of 229)

Special Features


  • Exploring The Forest
  • Feature Commentary with Director Jason Zada
  • Galleries
  • Storyboards

Synopsis


The Forest
A young woman (Natalie Dormer) searches for her twin sister in an infamous Japanese forest beneath Mount Fuji where lost souls go to commit suicide. With the help of an American guide (Taylor Kinney), she treks into the heart of the mysterious woodland. Jason Zada directed this horror thriller. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Natalie Dormer
    Natalie Dormer - Sara
  • Taylor Kinney
    Taylor Kinney - Aiden
  • Yukiyoshi Ozawa
    Yukiyoshi Ozawa - Michi
  • Eoin Macken
    Eoin Macken - Rob
  • Gen Seto
    Gen Seto - Narusawa Bartender



Customer rating

3.9
86%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Above Average Japanese Style Horror Film

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    MCH71
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    The Forest is a welcomed change in horror for me. I grow tired of the endless string of slasher films that come out, and don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of all horror, those included, but films like this are surprisingly release few and far between so I am a big fan of this film. Essentially the idea revolves around the Aokigahara forest in Japan. If you don’t know what it is, I even suggest looking up its reputation on line before watching the film. Essentially it is a forest where many people go to end their lives and is so dense that one can easily get lost or not be found if not careful. The main character played by Natalie Dormer, is heading there to look for her recently disappeared twin sister who may or may not have purposely gone into this forest to end her life. The film is what I call “Japanese Style Horror,” because it relies more on atmosphere, understanding of cultural ideas surrounding the location, or the forest in this instance, and basically an agreed upon idea that ghosts exist, which again goes back to the cultural understanding. So films like this aren’t so interested in convincing you of the supernatural as much as taking it for granted that you are starting with that belief right of the bat. If you go in with this idea, the film is much more effective and the psychological play of it has a bigger impact. Overall I would say if you are a fan of horror films from Japan (and not just their remakes) you will find this to be a very good film. If you changed the main actors with those of Asian descent, and released this in Japan, I think it would totally fit in with those films, no problem. I think the fact that it is an American release is what actually plays against it as we are used to over the top, non-stop action films which we call horror movies. The horror primarily lies in the mind, and this film re-affirms this. Again, going in with an understanding that the belief is already established really helps in understanding the film. My negatives on this film were actually the jump scares. I can do without that. Anyone can scare someone by jumping out at them. That’s child’s play. I am glad they didn’t resort to this too much, but I definitely don’t really appreciate nor find that sort of thing very scary as much as ridiculous. I almost feel like they had to add some otherwise American audiences just won’t pay attention. Just my take. So if you are looking for something a little deeper and more thought provoking this is a good film. It is creepy and the acting is well done. I would recommend this film to all but those that have to have non-stop action to be entertained.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Japanese Forest Really?

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    MovieObsessed
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    I had seen the trailer for this when I saw HATEFUL EIGHT. The posters were everywhere in the lobby. I love Japanese horror films because many deal with spirits of some kind. When I saw the trailer I thought OK, U.S. remake of a Japanese film. I went home to look it up, nothing stood out as this being a remake. I waited a few months for it to come to blu. I bought it release day and watched it. There was one thing that made me scratch my head. Something was off here. Which was fine it gave the movie weird feel which I could not put my finger on. After a little bit it finally struck me...No bamboo in a Japanese forest! Really? I have seen well over a hundred Japanese films and there is always bamboo in the forests. When the credits roll... you see all the names and I realized it's a 'Serbian' made film which is trying to be Japanese! This was OK, it explained (to me) why it seemed off kilter - which makes it interesting. The story was good, the full use of a haunted forest made sense. I would say more but do not want to say anything which could reveal spoilers. It's not a great movie it's not a bad movie just a middle of the road horror film which was fun to watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mind Games

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    thedarkangel1975
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    The Forest stars Natalie Dormer in due roles. Dormer plays Sara who travels to Japan to find her twin sister Jess who disappeared a few days earlier in Japan famous suicide forest. I enjoyed The Forest. I am a fan of supernatural thrillers and really enjoyed the mind games the main character. This film sold me on how good an actress Dormer really is. She was able to pull off two characters, twins, with entirely different personalities. This is a thinking man' horror film. I recommend this film to fans of ghost stories and Japanese horror.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Psychological Thriller

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    MONtaC
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    I thought this was a pretty good psychological thriller. I was hoping for a big time scary movie, but that's not what it is and that's fine since the psychological part was good. I felt like it was sad for Sarah at the end, I mean really.. did it have to end that way! And of course I wanted to smack them when they didn't listen to the guide and stay at the camp until he got there but if they did then we wouldn't have a movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More of a psychological thriller than horror movie

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    Dave
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    There are twists and turns in "The Forest", but I would call it more of a psychological thriller than a horror movie. Some nice symbolism, just light on the genuine scares if that's what you are hoping for. I said I would recommend this film, but mostly for hardcore fans of Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") and those who can be patient. Would not recommend for the ultra-critical or blood-and-guts horror fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    This thriller tends to get lost in the woods

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    Natead04
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    The Forest takes what could have been a great concept, builds it up really well and then loses its way just as the story could get really good. The acting isn't bad and the script is surprisingly good for a horror/thriller, it seems like maybe the studio had a hand in shifting some of the story and it nearly derails the film. Fortunately the end is enough to redeem the missteps and it ends up being an ok movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Twisted

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    ajreyes
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    It was a little cheesy on the scary parts. I thought it was a boring movie started okay then dragged on and after that got cheesy then at the end it was a little shocking how it turned out and who was saved and who stayed in woods but it was all in all a movie I would have preferred to rent at red box then to purchasing it. But don't mind it's another movie to my best buy collection.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    enzso
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    I actually really liked this one. I found the slightly by-the-numbers story to be compelling. Yes they went for the cheap jump scare a few times and the acting was only ok in my opinion, but it had a good plot twist and great presentation (excellent cinematography and music score) which made the end product work. Definitely worth a watch

    I would recommend this to a friend



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