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Haunted Forest (Lionsgate)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Nothing like taking a trip to national forests/parks and getting back to nature, but of course in tired Horror films, you are not alone and someone or something is out there to kill you.  The latest variant is writer/production designer/director Mauro Borrelli’s Haunted Forest (2006) which unlike most straight-to-DVD projects beings with some promise before allowing itself to disintegrate into stupid clichés and be just another lame imitator.


At first, we don’t know if the visitor/friends are being hunted or what, but as son as yet another dirty girl with long black hair and a t-shirt down to her knees turns up, you know it is all over.  It makes you wonder if people are purposely going out of their way to make bad product and destroy anything good.  If Borrelli had remained serious with the material, this could have been a pleasant surprise.  Instead, some will be so ticked that they might wear a long white t-shirt, bad make-up and a four-foot weave, then try to find the producers and annoy them for making junk.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft throughout with little picture consistency, but at least the color is not gutted like most projects in this genre.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mixes reveal the sonic limits of the original recording and are decent at best.  Trailers are the only extra on this basic release.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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