Sunday, October 21, 2012
Halloween Horrors 2012 #17 THE FOREST
After the usual slasher antics get underway, some stalking is done, some POV shooting is utilized and you know it is about to go down when suddenly...WHAM! Kid ghosts warn that Daddy is Hunting! And then a ghostly woman shows up...to PUNISH the kids. Of course, the girls are freaked out and surprisingly, one is made short work of by the hillside horrorist and EATEN! And yes, he feeds her to the guys when they finally get there.
His story is one of woe, the ghosts are explained, but it is awesome because it REALLY happens! This isn't a crazy slasher seeing things, this is a real case of ghosts haunting a man, and his victims as well. VERY clever scripting that gets let down a little by the skill of getting it on film, but not so much that the fun is completely lost in translation. And hey, we have a flashback that features a husband scorned and a fight scene between a dude with a pitchfork and another guy with HALF. A. FUCKING. BUSTED. BICYCLE.
Look at that.
One of a kind.
The Forest rules just for this.
Anyway, there is plenty of backwoods terrorizing to fill up the running time and spooky ghost pop ups like a virus from another film entirely to keep you guessing. Perhaps the most startling thing that struck me throughout was that I actually LIKED the actors in the roles. They are stiff for the most part, but the scenario is so strange it actually plays to the line readings! The appropriate levels of panic are on display and I think the film benefits from some strongly weakened acting (does this make sense, maybe not), but I know I'd be in shock if I had to deal with all this at one time. Of course, I'm also in shock and have acted badly in this blog entry just because I missed this film for so many years!
I really love boopitybeepedy soundtracks and this sucker is LOADED with one! It's groovy goofy overdrive right off the bat.
A fun night of woodsy nonsense that features a giant tree. Look at this damn thing. It's huge! HUGE like the enjoyment I got with this film. HUGE!