Game of Trees.)
Release Date: January 8th.
Written by: Nick Antosca, Sarha Cornwell.
Directed by: Jason Zada.
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, and Yukiyoshi Ozawa.
The Forest is probably worth checking out for fans of Natalie Dormer; she's a solid actress who has her own way of commanding the screen, and as good as she is in her limited role on Game of Thrones, she's definitely got herself a solid following.
Aside from her though, The Forest really brings nothing new to the Supernatural table, and the familiar things that it does bring just aren't all that effective or particularly good. We did kind of enjoy it for what it was though. Mostly. I don't know. Maybe it would be better to say that we didn't hate it.
|I CAN'T WAIT TO NEVER GO THERE.|
|"SOME THINGS YOU JUST CAN'T UN-SEE."|
You know the drill.
|"TURN AROUND, BRIGHT EYES..."|
As "not scary" as The Forest was, at least for us, it did have a creepy atmosphere about it, thanks largely to its fantastic setting. There were some scenes throughout the movie that bordered on scary, and could have been had they been handled better, but overall this is more of a movie that's intense at times, than it is scary.
It's really Natalie Dormer's presence that keeps The Forest from being another generic Direct-To-VOD offering, as she brings enough to the table to keep the movie engaging. Or at least as engaging as it can be. For better or worse, she carried this one on her pretty little shoulders.
|IT'S A CLOUD, NATALIE. RELAX.|
Will filmmakers never learn?
|AND THEN THERE'S THAT TERRIFYING VIEWMASTER SCENE...|
I'm sure for younger viewers, or for someone who is especially sensitive to scary/intense things, this one was creepy enough. For people like us though who have seen way too many Horror flicks, both good and bad, the lack of scares in a movie like this is pretty damning.
|"HELLO, I AM GHOST. YOU WILL SCARE NOW?"|
|THAT COUNTS AS GORE, RIGHT?|
|CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT I'M PRETTY SURE THIS SCENE WASN'T EVEN IN THE MOVIE.|
|SHE COMES IN DIFFERENT FLAVORS!|
That said, we really like Natalie Dormer, and the story kept us engaged enough to want to see it through without checking our watches. The Forest is probably worthy of a rental for most Horror fans once it hits VOD.
The Forest is in theaters now.
Natalie Dormer since we first saw her in The Fades (2011), and no, not just because she's hot. But that does help a lot.