Considering how the horror industry has evolved over the past two decades, it’s safe to say that the lessons should have been learned by now. The classics are already classics, and some Modern take some places. The rules were designed and redesigned for a new spectator. And even the subgenres arose from technical resources that proved to be effective for this genre. Making a horror movie today might seem like a no-brainer given the genre’s backstory and its ups and downs.
In Brendan Rudnick’s Forest of Death, there is no intention to rewrite the rules of the genre or make a great movie. It’s proof of how important newcomer to the genre are when it comes to experimentation, trial and error for the final product. Rudnick is no stranger to this industry, as he has made quite a few films in recent year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t keep learning. His tardiest, the ski walker, is a test of two things: 1) there are immobile lessons to consider and 2) When you realize the ability, it makes no sense to leave them in your drawer.
It’s about rhythm and respect for your spectator beyond any commercial opportunity you and your producer may have. The Forest of Death is an independent horror film filmed within a production value and dramatic representations. But at least it’s not a economic montage of horror and special effects like many of its peer, both in depart this life circles and on the release lists of major studios.
The Forest of Death tells the story of 4 friends who decide to rent a house in the forest. There are no trust issues in the group, they are beautiful and just want to have fun. This is your usual group of boys and girls who are preparing to be eliminated because of a menace.
across froms with locals, which include stories sitting by a camp sniping, occasional behavior changes and things hidden in the dark, are part of the recipe of the mine’s adventure in the world of skier, also known as werewolves. When they begin to disappear and reappear, they realize that after all, these legends may be true and they should have listened.
With a running time of about 75 minutes, it can be said that Rudnick is trying to consolidate every agenda item for a full-fledged horror movie. However, the young director does not do it at all. He prefer to experiment with limited performances and spaces so that viewer feel part of something much more peculiar than what you would see in your usual episode of the Secret Materials. menaces in the “forest of death” come from all sides, but the mine is not going overboard with excessive visualization of disturbing information or images. Even the “monster” sinks in when necessary to get a more effective movie.
Once again, lessons to be learned. But Rudnick is confident enough in himself to make a horror movie without trying to repeat everything that has been done before, and in the same way that everyone else should. In his scenario, things are slow and fright arises from an imperceptible behavior or from the menaceening darkness surrounding four random young people.
But when the time comes to deliver, he does. There is confidence in the young director, and that is perhaps all we need from him to inspire us in his next feature film. With the horror of taking this solid, it won’t take you long to find another project to start. All we hope is that he will be horrified. We need more confliction like this to show why this genre continues to grow in success and fascination for stranger in the spectator.