The Forest

2016 PG-13 1h 34m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Forest

2016 PG-13 1h 34m Blu-ray / DVD
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After her twin sister vanishes in Japan's storied Aokigahara Forest -- where many go to commit suicide -- Sara travels to the region to find her sibling but soon discovers that the woods are a far more sinister place than she ever imagined.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Forest is a horror movie set in the real-life Aokigahara forest near Japan's Mt. Fuji, where many people go to commit suicide and which is rumored to be haunted. There are lots of creepy ghosts, hanging bodies, scary sounds, and jump-scares; some blood is shown, and characters die. A knife is used to cut and stab, and a shotgun is shown. Language is infrequent but does include uses of "s--t" and "goddamn." There's some social drinking, and a scene of characters talking and sharing beers in a bar. Sex isn't an issue. As far as horror movies go, this one isn't terrible, and horror hounds will be interested. And fans of Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, etc.) will want to see her in her first major starring role.

Sexual Content

A character alludes to picking up college girls by memorizing poetry.


Bloody wounds; gory images of dead bodies with blood pooling around them. Lots of scary ghosts, scary sounds, and jump-scares. Hanging corpses in a forest. Character falls into a cave, with a painful injured foot. Creepy maggots. Knife held to throat, character stabbed in chest, knife stabbing at clutched fingers. Talk and images of suicide. Shotgun shown.


One or two uses of "s--t," "damn," "goddamn," "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

Not a "message movie," but characters do choose to help others (some more selflessly than others). The movie may also encourage teens to discuss the issue of suicide.


One shot of Nike shoes. A View Master toy is part of the plot.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking. Characters share beers at a bar while talking. Spoken story about a drunk driver killing people.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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