“The Forest”

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Rated PG-13

1 hour 30 minutes

Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Demons of the dead have finally given up on musty haunted houses. Instead, they now gravitate to a Japanese forest at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Despite the change of scenery, “The Forest” is still a crummy, low grade horror retread.

A slightly unbalanced young woman goes looking in “The Forest” for her mysteriously missing sister. It seems the missing sibling and her high strung sister had a traumatic childhood experience, which accounts for her strange behavior in the great outdoors.

It’s during terrifying times like this when a nervous wreck can use some good advice from her guide. He suggests that if she sees anything strange in “The Forest,” it’s not real.

If only “The Forest” held some surprises to go along with all the predictable demonics.

Hardcore horror fans will always be two steps ahead of the writer’s putrid attempts at trying to scare the audience.

It was only a matter of time before our heroine turned her paranoia on her good looking stud, who I never trusted in the first place. Actually, he was just trying to show her the quickest way out of “The Forest,” and us to the nearest exit.

Even with a scant running time of barely 90 minutes, “The Forest” is tough to sit through, let alone make any sense out of. So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise “The Forest” is such a loser, worthy only 1 star.

It’s never too early to start working on your list of worst films of 2016….

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