Rent The Dark Forest (2013)

2.6 of 5 from 48 ratings
1h 25min
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In an attempt to land their own hunting TV show, Jake (Josh Stewart) and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) head to the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia. Equipped with only their bow and cameras, they have three days to kill a monster Buck big enough to grab the attention of a TV network. Once they find the massive animal, they look to strike fast. But as the sun sets, they realise they're not alone. A supernatural force appears to be lurking in the vacant woods... and now they're the ones being hunted.
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Brett Forbes, Patrick Rizzotti, Josh Stewart
Josh Stewart
The Hunted
101 Films
Horror, Thrillers
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Run Time:
85 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9

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Reviews (1) of The Dark Forest

Spoilers ... - The Dark Forest review by NP

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As found footage films go, this begins with one of the most persuasive scene settings I’ve seen for some time. Whilst testing his camera equipment, Jake (Josh Stewart, who also wrote and directed) is enjoying a laugh with his tiny children, who in turn are screaming with delight at the images on the camera. They don’t know they’re part of a horror film, they’re just having fun; as an audience member, I’m instantly thinking that surely such an appealing family unit isn’t going to be wrecked by anything ‘orrible.

With little further build-up, Jake and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins), are deep in the forests of West Virginia. They meet the quietly threatening Tony (Skipp Sudduth) who lives in the forest, and his daughter Jessie (Jessi Blue Gormezano). As the two friends hunting monsters, not a huge amount happens. This is a slow burner, despite wasting no time in setting up the premise. But if you’re happy with that – and I am – this is worth your time.

The acting is very naturalistic. You really believe these two are good friends. So when their footage appears to be tampered with, and the Blair-Witchy-woodlands behave strangely, it is effective. Most potent, however, is the child-like screaming of whatever is ‘out there’.

Whilst the ending is disappointing, I enjoyed this for the most part. It is strange to once more glance at reviews and see the marks given for ‘Dark Forest’ 10 out of 10 and plenty of praise, or 1 out of 10 for the obligatory ‘worst film I have ever seen’ nonsense. The truth as I see it, is about halfway between the two.

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