The Forest (2016)

*Trigger Warning*

This movie talks about Suicide. It is not for children.

Set in the Aokigahara Forest (Suicide Forest) on the base of Mount Fuji, Sarah Price (Natalie Dormer) goes in looking for her missing twin sister Jessica. She gets help from Aiden (Taylor Kinney) and Michi ( Yukiyoshi Ozawa) a park guide to search, who both think Jessica took her own life. The three found Jessica’s tent. Sarah decided to stay and see if her sister returned. Aiden stays as well to keep her safe. That night Sarah has horrible nightmares and wakes up. She begins hearing and seeing things in the forest, including a young school girl, who warns her about Aiden. The following morning the two begin to head out of the forest when Sarah begins mistrusting Aiden, causing a fight and running away. As she runs she continues to see and hear the dead around her. Falling into a hole, Aiden eventually rescues her bringing her to a structure. Sarah thinks Jess is in the closet, killing Aiden to get the key. The only problem is that Jess wasn’t in the closet. Sarah instead sees her father’s corpse, understanding he killed their mother and then himself. Meanwhile Michi returns with a search party, looking for the two girls and Aiden. They find Jessica but Sarah is taken by the spirits who haunt the forest. Ending the film with Jessica saying Sarah is gone.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This film is full of zombies, jump scares, twist and turns and inceptions. You want a horror film that has a bit of truth to it? This is for you. The graphics are very detailed as well so be prepared to be scared.

On that note, Aokigahara Forest is a real place where people go to contemplate life and death. Logan Paul, among other YouTubers, have gone to film in the real forest. Part of it is open to the public as a national park but once you cross the gate, or go off the trail, well you may never be found again. It’s a fascinating and creepy place.

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