Here we go! I kicked off my crusade with “The Forest” on January 16. A little late to get started, I know, but January is typically a slow month for movies and I was out of town, last weekend.
Anyway, my thoughts:
I don’t have a lot to say in great detail The movie sure didn’t get great reviews. Personally, I had no major issues with it. It’s a horror movie. I tend to prefer PG-13 horror over R-rated horror. Oftentimes, R-rated horror films use gore and violence as a crutch to sell the film as “scary”. I have no problems with gore and violence, but they don’t make a movie scary. Atmosphere, music, cinematography . . . these make a movie scary.
I liked it well enough. It’s not going down as one of my top-tier favorites (my two favorites are “The Ring” and “The Conjuring”) but it had enough well-timed scares, frightening imagery, and slow-build tension to give me the vibe that I look for when I sit down to watch a movie like this.
It also managed to subvert a few clichés, which I appreciated. I like being put in a position of mistrusting other characters in the film but I get tired of the mistrust always falling in the same direction at the end. “The Forest” played out a little more believably than many comparable films in this regard.
Also, I’m a Natalie Dormer fan. She won me over in “Game of Thrones” and didn’t disappoint me, here.
So, to put it simply, if you like atmospheric horror and/or Natalie Dormer, there’s enough to enjoy here.
One down, 99 to go!