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The film begins with a photograper being mysteriously taken by an unseen force in the forest. Later, three male friends go into the forest to find a particular tree which was recovered from the photographers camera. It shows a human like shape reaching out of a tree. They and two female characters become hunted by the forest spirit Santika and a crazy hunter who is being controlled by the spirit. Santika begins her attacks by marking the victims with a twig enbedded into their skin. THis causes the victim to become ill. Then the hunter tracks and traps them so Santika can drag them off to her underground layer where they become live soil for the forest. As some of the characters disappear, we discover that one of them was a native american who was Santika's lover in a past life. We also discover that the tree spirit has been collecting victims to use as soil for a new set of trees for the forest which was burned down by three humans in the past. Santika origianlly went into the spirit tree to get cover from the fire. But the tree decided to use her to capture victims for it's new forest. I'll leave the rest of the film for you to see for yourself.
The Haunted Forest was a little confusing at times, but the J-Horror stlye really helped to make it creepy. By J-Horror I mean their were definately horror filming elements that can be seen in The Grudge movies and other more popular Japanese horror films. The film did jump me a few times, and the acting was above average for a low budgeted film.Read more ›
The acting was superb for an indie flick. There were plenty of BOO! moments as well!
I bought this one!
Like most J-Horror it has a slow build and much anticipation. It does that well. The monster, Satinka, has the usual slow reveal and dramatic build up. The camera work is good and the background lovely. But the movie just... falls flat.
Someone stated this is a good rental movie. I used it as a breather movie between two honestly scary movies at a horror movie party. Then it was passed around friends until someone truely loved it, and he kept it. So I did get a lot of use and enjoyment from this movie, so one star.
One star for atmosphere, and one more for creep factor, making this 1.5 star movie a 3.
the movie is dull i had to watch at least 4 time because i was falling asleep everytime. i paid $2 for the movie else where other amazon, i'm glad that i paid that much, if i had paid over $5 or $10 for it i really would've been highly upset.
As the legend goes, a young Indian maiden named Satinka was given protection by the spirit of a large tree when white settlers killed the man she loved and attempted to burn down the forest a century or so ago. Woe to anyone who ventures forth into those woods ever since, as each visitor is inevitably marked by Satinka with a thorn and done away with in some fashion. Enter Sean, whose Native American grandfather wrote and illustrated a journal all about Satinka and the Haunted Forest, his friend Josh, an annoying foreigner who somehow sees the whole thing as a business opportunity, and some loser who spends most of his time smoking pot. They have come in search of a hidden graveyard said to lie beneath Satinka's tree.Read more ›
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this movie stunk it was not worth the price that i paid for it the seller was good it just was not a great horror moviePublished 21 months ago by salvajewendy
Movie was not good, it needed more work. I felt it could not be truly considered a horror film. It took me 3 times to watch it before I finished the film.Published on August 4, 2009 by K. Leonard
2nd review for this purchase - see first one for comments ( would buy from this source again )Published on May 24, 2009 by da kuz
Ok the movie has a lot of great actors and actresses and beautiful women. Special effects were well done also. But the biblical ending was more than I could stomach. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Michael A. Scheurich