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The Forest

4.81 h 34 min2016PG-13
HD. A young woman's desperate search for her sister brings her to a ghost-filled stretch of wilderness known as the 'Suicide Forest.'
Jason Zada
Natalie DormerEoin MackenStephanie Vogt
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Osamu TanpopoYasuo TobishimaIbuki KanedaAkiko IwaseKikuo IchikawaTaylor Kinney
Tory MetzgerDavid S. GoyerDavid Linde
Gramercy Pictures
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.1 out of 5 stars

1478 global ratings

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  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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The DoctorReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Was it really bad or were we tricked into believing it was bad.
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While watching the movie I was so fixated on the fact that nothing was as it seemed that I was constantly getting annoyed at Natalie Dormer's character ALWAYS believing everything she saw. One minute she's saying repeated "it's in my head" but then she believes she is seeing a child's toy in the dirt?

What I did find interesting was the ambiguity of it all. There was nothing concrete nor tangible about the characters. So we never know if the forest drove Dormer to do certain things or if she was acting with a sane mind.

At the end of the day to cast such negative reviews without truly understanding Dormer's character and decisions, is to assume that if in the same situation we would make the "correct" decision. However, in the forest what exactly are those "correct" decisions?
7 people found this helpful
AnimeGrannieReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I really liked the movie except for the ending. The ending left you hanging with all kinds of questions about Aiden, was he real, did he die, is he still alive and if so where is he? Why did that yūrei tell Sara not to trust Aiden? So many questions unanswered.
Other than that the movie was very good, lots of tension and plenty of scenes to make you jump. If you are looking for a blood and guts movie move on this is not for you, but if you are looking for a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you holding your breath from time to time then you will not be disappointed.
5 people found this helpful
JBReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't expect much if you've watched any other good horror, horror/mystery movie
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I've never seen Natalie Dormer in anything but GoT, so it was interesting to see her in something so different.
Her acting was great, and she's beautiful.
And Japan is awesome.

That's about where the good stuff stops.
Thankfully, it's not a slasher or torture flick.
But it consists primarily of a collection of "jump" scare tactics, and it's very anti-climactic.
It really adds nothing to the genre.
2 people found this helpful
Texas RebelReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thank goodness no nudity no sex and some cursing but not vulgar language.
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I liked the movie for its content. These days it’s difficult to find a movie without unnecessary nudity, sex scenes and outright vulgar language. I don’t consider this film horror, but rather suspenseful/thriller.
3 people found this helpful
Kristine Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I actually thought this movie was really good. And I LOVE horror movies
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I actually thought this movie was really good. And I LOVE horror movies. Pretty surprised at the low ratings and comments but I wouldn't let it deter you. Unlike most newly featured horror movies, this one wasn't a waste of time. It's like a Japanese horror film with an American twist. I really appreciated the visuals and creepiness of the environment. Ugh, and that awful smile that school girl gave. Definitely sent chills down my spine. It's been a long time since I've watched a new horror film and wasn't disappointed. Glad I didn't pass this one up.
7 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not what you'd expect
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If you are going in expecting for this to be filled with jump scares and gore, than you will be sorely disappointed. This is a psychological thriller with horror elements, and of course one of the most important elements is that this forest is a real place. It's twisty, turny, paranoid and all together a mind-f*$# for the ages. If you want a good story that doesn't end the way you think it will and takes you on one hell of a ride until the last minute, this movie is for you.
10 people found this helpful
Christopher M TindallReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
so I was surprised at the parts that just seemed like the writers ran out of fresh content
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Somewhat decent horror/thriller movie. Scenery lovely, folklore-based Japanese setting refreshing. Sadly, it was cheapened with unimaginative jump-scares. What could have been a deliciously atmospheric spooky film ended up being a somewhat scary movie with a so-so plot brought downward by brainless/predictable "scares" and a lazy, fairly juvenile ending. It wouldn't have bothered me so much had I known it was going to be that type of movie, but it's passed off as something a little bit more "grown up" and creative, so I was surprised at the parts that just seemed like the writers ran out of fresh content, and settled for the obligatory normal-to-suddenly-scary faces and hands grabbing out of the darkness. Ultimately disappointing, but not bad for one quick watch if your expectations are low.
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anonymousReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Parts of this were good/interesting and Dormer is a phenomenal actress, but I really was prepared for a more ‘cerebral’ horror movie..and it seemed like the bones of that kind of movie were there. Then someone went in and added a bunch of unnecessary jump scares that seem to appeal to a certain kind of horror fan, but not this one.
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