A bunch of pals drive out into the woods, and should have read the signs: it's the Forest of the Damned!
Considering how low budget this flick was, i'd have to say it's safe to say that this is indeed a pretty decent flick. However, it could be said that a 1989 Ford Tempo that's in mint condition is a decent car, but does that mean you'd want to drive it? Come now, let's head into the Forest to find out just what worked, and what didn't.
First of all, the cast is pretty darn good. I believed in these guys and gals from the UK, and thought that they really overcame the stereotype that no money=no talent. The dialogue was realistic, and the interactions between friends was something I totally bought into. I would like to give special props to the movie's bitch, Ally (Sophie Holland), who I wanted to murder many times over. Great jarb, kiddo!
Also worth mentioning is the neat twist on the plot, the fallen angel-turned vampires who use travelers as pieces of bait. Always nice to see Tom Savini, the Sex Machine himself, getting paid to be an over-the-top character like he is in this one.
This flick is gory, a little unpredictable, filmed stylishly and has some decent characters, so i'd recommend it based on those merits. The makeup can be a little off, and there are quite a few moments that really require you to completely suspend disbelief, but this is a horror flick, what do you expect? I thought that some characters, while not coming off as ridiculous in dialogue, would make typical 'horror movie' decisions, which was unfortunate, but you can't win 'em all.
If you feel like watching a horror flick that is reminiscent of old school, straight up stuff, check this one out. Its low budget, cheap effects might turn you off, but its better-than-average characters (all named after 80's darlings, natch) and decent premise just might pull you in.