Suicide forest horror films are all the rage at the moment, with the Natalie Dormer-starrer The Forest soon to be released and now this; a more artistic and mysterious film set in the fictional Forest of the Lost Souls. Set in Spain and Portugal, the film is directed by Jose Pedro Lopes who is making his directorial debut.
A coming-of-age slasher is a bizarre and unique genre mash-up and from the trailer for The Forest of the Lost Souls, it seems as though the film is going to be just that. Shot entirely in black and white, without any dialogue and featuring a jarring tonal shift half-way through, the trailer is short, strange and surprisingly compelling.
Ricardo (Jorge Mota) is a sad old man, who gave up on life when his older daughter, Irene (Lilia Lopes), took her life in a romantic pact gone wrong in the glacier lake that rests hidden deep in the forest. Carolina (Daniela Love) is an eccentric, unstable young girl who finds all things related to death are fun.
As bumping into each other puts them off killing themselves, they decide to go for a walk to discover The Forest of the Lost Souls and see what they will find. As they walk deeper into the woods, they get to know each other and become friends: But one of them is not being honest; one of them is a dark and horrible person.
Hopefully we’ll be hearing about a release date soon, because The Forest of the Lost Souls looks and sounds beautifully bizarre.