This horror film has one very scary fact about it that makes it very intriguing, The Suicide Forest of Japan! Yes, this forest (Aokigahara) is very real and very scary as its known for the suicides that have taken place there over the years. Located at the North-West base of Mount Fuji in Japan, it was reported that in 2003 there were 105 bodies found in the forest with the most common means of suicide being by hanging. The movie touches on this fact as it loosely incorporates it into its original story.
Director Jason Zada nicely mixes in certain elements of the real life facts of Aokigahara, blending in facts with his story. A simple story of Sara Price (Natalie Dormer) looking for her identical twin sister Jess as she has gone missing after venturing into the forest for “unknown” reasons. There are plenty of jump scares here to keep you tense and covering your eyes as the forest begins to test your sanity, leaving you wondering what’s real and what’s not. With a virtually unknown cast, acting was not a problem here as there was no character depth to any of the main cast, for there was no need with its simple story as I mentioned before. But when it comes to horror lets face it, its the scares that really count! And there was no shortage of scares in this creepy horror movie where jump scares are plenty. A solid film for any horror fan or anyone looking to just get scared!
“Tag It & Bag It” 7/10