THE PLOT THUS FAR
Suicide forest is just a name – isn’t it? Miko intends to find out, even if it means uncovering the sad truth about her mother’s suicide.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Grave Halloween” is quite an odd release. Normally, most SyFy Channel films are terrible. That being said, I appreciate the effort to make a bridge between Eastern and Western horror. The Asian horror cinema’s obsession with suicide as a gateway into the macabre is evident. The documentary crew evoking the Found Footage horror angle is nothing new, but it adds an interesting dimension to this J-Horror by way of basic cable offering. Steven Monroe directed that “I Spit On Your Grave” remake that I didn’t exactly hate. So, I guess I should give this a chance.
The practical effects helped out with the gore factor. As an old-school horror fan, that helped ease me into a story that I wouldn’t normally seek out. That being said, don’t expect a giant bloodbath. This is a movie for teenagers that sets up sexual exploits and promises more than is offered. But, that’s about half of the history of horror films. The mystery angle of the film is quickly dispatched and I’d go so far as to say it’s not needed. The creepy angle of a forest of the dead at Halloween should be enough to carry any movie. Why does modern horror feel like it has to go so out of its way to deliver a story that can scare people? I feel that it’s because modern filmmakers can’t tell the difference between a supernatural thriller and a straight horror movie. That or studios screw with them over the ratings.
The DVD comes with no special features. The standard definition transfer is crisp enough. The Dolby track is a supportive surround mix. It’s typical for most horror films. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 09/30/2014