Review of the Film Forest of Death

June 6, 2023 0 Comments

Considering the development of the horror industry over the past two decades, it is safe to say that the lessons should be learned by this time. The classics are already classics, and some Moderna occupy a few places. The rules have been designed and redesigned for new target groups. And even the subgenres were born from technical resources that have proven to be effective for the genre. Making a horror movie seems to be an easy task today, considering the backstory of the genre and its ups and downs.

In Brendan Rudnicki’s The Forest of Death, there is no intention to rewrite the rules of the genre or make a great movie. This is a testament to the importance of newcomers to the genre when it comes to experimenting and making trial and error good for a final product. Rudnicki is not new to the industry, as he has shot a whole series of films in recent years, but this does not mean that he cannot continue to study. His recent, a skinwalker joint, is a test for two things: 1) there are still lessons to consider and 2) if you recognize the skills, it’s no use leaving them in your drawer.

It’s about keeping the pace and respecting your audience beyond any commercial setting you and your producers may have. Forest of Death is an independent horror film and runs in this framework of production value and dramatic performances. But at least it’s not a inexpensive montage of horrors and special effects like many of his colleagues, both in independent circles and in large studio launch shows.

Forest of Death tells the story of 4 friends who decide to rent a house in the forest. There are no trust problems in the group, they look great and just want to have fun. This is your usual group of boys and girls who are ready to be finished by a threat.

experiences with locals, which include stories of sitting by the fire, random behavior changes and things lurking in the dark, are the recipe for Rudnicki’s adventures in the world of skinwalkers, ALSO known as shapeshifters. When they start to disappear and reappear, they realize that these legends could be true after all, and they should have listened.

With an approximate duration of 75 minutes, one could say that Rudnicki is trying to summarize all the items on the agenda for a full-fledged horror film. However, the young director does not do it at all. He prefers to experiment with performances and limited spaces to make the audience feel that they are part of something much more secret than what they would see in their usual episode of the X-Files. The threats in Forest of Death come from all sides, but Rudnicki does not overdo it with an excessive display of disturbing information or pictures. Even the “monster” goes to bed when he should, in order to have a more effective movie.

Again, lessons that need to be learned. But Rudnicki is confident enough to shoot a horror movie without trying to repeat everything that was done before, and in the same way that everyone hopes. In his script, things take time, and fear arises from subtle behavior or from the ominous darkness surrounding four random young men.

But when the time comes for childbirth, she does it. There is confidence in the young director, and perhaps this is all we need from him to get us excited about his next feature film. With Horror take this solid, it will not take long to find another project that can be executed. We just hope that he will be horrified. We need more such warriors to show why the genre of strangers in the audience is gaining more and more success and passion.

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