A Requested Review for THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS
I got sent a screener for this one, but I’m afraid the best I can do for them is to review the trailer and the premise. And the poster. That’s it at the top of this article. I dig it.
First here’s the official synopsis: “Leading independent distributor Wild Eye Releasing has acquired Portuguese horror film THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS, setting it as their first theatrical release. The psychological ‘coming of age’ horror film, written and directed by directed by José Pedro Lopes, marks the distrib’s first theatrical release. The film, which had its world premiere at the Fantasporto Film Festival on February 26, 2017, is scheduled to open in August. Ricardo and Carolina are complete strangers that meet seemingly by chance in the ‘Forest of the Lost Souls’, a place where many people go to commit suicide. These two, a young woman and an old man, are no different than the others as they also came to the forest for this very reason. They decide to briefly postpone killing themselves in order to explore the forest and also to continue talking to one another, as Ricardo and Carolina find themselves intrigued by one another. However, as the pair go further into the forest it becomes clear that one of them has other reasons for being in the forest and is not who they would have the other believe them to be and is actually a psychopath…THE FOREST OF LOST SOULS will open theatrically August 3 in L.A and other cities. Wild Eye Releasing, whose recent releases include well-received sci-fi thriller SOFT MATTER and James Klass’s HOUSE ON ELM LAKE, represents horror, exploitation, dark arthouse, cult and documentary films from around the world.”
My take: I drop ‘em a letter grade for the use of the word “distrib’s”. But that’s the production company and not the filmmakers. The movie itself LOOKS pretty good, even if the premise is familiar. This isn’t the first movie to be inspired by the “Suicide Forest” of Japan, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I’m more intrigued than I would be otherwise because it’s a foreign film. If any of you see it, give us a shout and let us know how it was.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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