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Grave Halloween (2013)

Suicide forest is just a name - isn't it? Miko intends to find out, even if it means uncovering the sad truth about her mothers suicide.

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Steven R. Monroe
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kaitlyn Leeb ... Maiko
Cassi Thomson ... Amber
Graham Wardle ... Kyle
Dejan Loyola ... Terry
Jeffrey Ballard ... Craig (as Jeff C. Ballard)
Hiro Kanagawa ... Jin
Jesse Wheeler Jesse Wheeler ... Brody
Tom Stevens ... Skylar
Kevan Ohtsji ... Policeman
Hyuma Frankowski Hyuma Frankowski ... Junior Policeman
Maiko Miyauchi ... Maiko's Mother
Luna Kurokawa Luna Kurokawa ... Maiko's Sister
Isabelle Beech Isabelle Beech ... Young Maiko
Yukari Komatsu ... Bracelet Woman
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In Japan, the college student Maiko grieves the loss of her mother, who committed suicide two weeks ago in the notorious "suicide forest". Maiko is seeking out her body and her friends Amber and Terry decide to make a documentary about her quest as school project. Terry invites his friend Kyle to shoot their documentary and they head to the forest. On the arrival, they meet the lonely hiker Jin, who asks them to leave the dead in peace and go away and stays with them. However they decide to search the spot and soon their college mates Skylar, Brody and Craig play a prank on them. While returning to their car, the trio finds a dead body and Skyler steals a Rolex from his wrist. When Jin finds what they have done, he advises that they are doomed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No one survives in the suicide forest

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Horror

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Rated R for bloody horror violence and grisly images | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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The Suicide Forest See more »

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Trivia

This is not the first time Kaitlyn Leeb and Graham Wardle have worked together. They both work on the TV series "Heartland" playing Ty Borden and Cassandra "Cass" Lee Odell, respectively. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, a police officer puts Maiko into a patrol car that has the engine running as there is exhaust smoke coming out of the tail pipe. But when he gets in the car to drive away, you hear the sound of the engine being started before he drives away. No reason to start the engine when it is already running. Poor sound editing. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Jin: Sometimes you get lost in the forest... sometimes the forest loses you
Jin: You stole my watch now I steal your soul
[holds up a noose]
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Referenced in The Forest (2016) See more »

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Weak
9 February 2015 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Some half-Japanese girl named Maiko (pronounced "Michael" in the movie) wants to find the place where her mother committed suicide to give her a proper burial. She has nightmares and visions of a forest, of her childhood. Along for the ride come some friends of hers, foreign exchange students in Japan, who are going to...film the whole thing for a class project. Off they go then to the suicide forest, a forest in Japan where lots of people commit suicides by hanging themselves from trees. All they have to go by is a picture she has of the tree where her mother killed herself. I guess Maiko thinks it shouldn't be too hard to find a single tree in a forest. Who took the picture of the tree we don't know. She also has a box with two pieces of jewelry that belonged to the mother. She needs those for whatever ceremony she's going to perform that night, which happens to be Halloween night.

When they arrive, they find a sign that bans cameras, still they film. They hide from police (why police?) that removes the corpses. And then they meet the strange stranger who knows about the forest, who makes sinister pronouncements, who warns them not to do this or that, and who recognizes (!) the tree and will guide them to it. But quickly they run into some classmates who pull a prank on them. The pranksters then go their way and run into trouble. They steal a watch from a deceased man in a tent (?). But then the guy who takes the watch is attacked. The other guys run back to the other group. At this point it's night.

Maiko starts seeing things, we get to see some flashbacks from her youth about her mother, her violent father, and her sister. The stranger disappears. Maiko and the cameraguy end up arrested and handcuffed in the police station's morgue (?). Then something kills the cop, they escape, they find the tree, and more ghosts. Some of the other kids end up in trouble and injured. Then the sun comes up.

Grave Halloween has a good concept. It has a gorgeous setting. The Canadian forest they used is truly beautiful. The scenes filmed during the girl's childhood also look stunning. Overall, direction is very good. But that's all this movie has going for it. While making a movie about a real-life suicide forest sounds like a good idea, you've got to have a good script to work out the idea. And here's it just doesn't work out. It's not easy making a movie about a ghost story and this one sure doesn't succeed. Things get messy and unclear. The ending comes out of nowhere. Nothing is answered. The childhood scenes don't clarify things either but create more questions. And finally a fatal flaw is the weak lead actress.


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