The silly, hand-me-down scares just don't chill.
With no compelling characters, scares, or plot points to redeem The Forest, the best option for those ​curious about Aokigahara is probably to watch a 20-minute 2005 VICE documentary about it.
Pretty bad, even for a January release.
"The Forest" delivers as a healthy dose of psychological cinematic terror and an impressive first feature directing effort.
Any compelling sense of unease is ultimately undone as the film gradually settles for tedious schlock.
The Forest boasts a promising premise but squanders most of its goodwill as a result of narrative shortcuts and contrivances, horror film clich�s, and haphazard editing.
Ambiguity is good in a horror movie, but with this many plot elements elbowing each other for room, none of them achieve enough clarity to be properly terrifying.
At least Dormer can now tick "scream queen" off her list of thankless jobs aspiring young actresses often have to do to establish themselves.
Not a total misfire, but this first feature from Jason Zada fails to capitalize on its fine setup, its competent cast, and its exquisite location.