THE FOREST -- out this coming week on Blu-ray and DVD, after its Digital HD release last month -- this would-be fright film had a relatively high budget. Because some of the movie, at least, appears to have been shot in Japan, and since it supposedly takes place in one of that country's forests, a rather special one to which suicides come to end their days, the bigger budget would seem appropriate. Other than putting its ten million bucks to decent visual usage, however, there's almost nothing else good to say about this nitwit bit of second-rate twaddle.
Jason Zada (shown at left and clearly in hiding), this is a film in which the lead character, played by Natalie Dormer, below, cannot seem to do a single intelligent thing throughout the entire movie. Warned repeatedly not to do something, she will do exactly that. Every time.
Taylor Kinney) above, and a helpful guide (Yukiyoshi Ozawa, below, left). Other than these two, the film is mostly full of would-be scary "spirits" who inhabit the forest and induce newcomers to commit suicide. At least that's what the exposition tells us. What finally happens seems something else entirely and just as dumb as all that has come before.