FEATURE FILM PROJECT

THE FOREST DARK is a supernatural thriller feature film project in advanced development.

A story about cosmic horror the movie aims to let audiences experience the otherworld in the cinema.

The project probes the boundaries of genres as forest horror, the supernatural, and science-fiction.

It is a story raising fundamental questions of existence.

The Forest Dark also challenges our traditional idea of fiction and genre movie telling since it doesn’t simply repeat existing formulas.

It’s supposed to be unique, shot as a lower budget feature film project, and using any available digital technologies to create virtual realities as resources allowing to work at specific locations and natural light to create a vision not seen before.

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The Forest Dark feature film project is part of TheForestDarkCom Project. It’s an answer to the fundamental change which digital transition means for the film industry by developing a platform on the web long before the production begins.

Stories confronting a rational mind with the unknown and putting him onto a nightmarish trip shattering his innermost beliefs have a long tradition in the genre. From classics as Night Of The Demon or The Innocents to the latest successes of great supernatural movies as The Awakening or The Ritual or groundbreaking series as Twin Peaks or True Detective, many artists have reflected on the ever-lasting cosmic conflict between men and the forces of the unknown.

 

 

Story

BARBARA, 30ties, gets a long-distance call deep in the night from her family who lives in a backwood community far away from the next big city. She left the family already with 18 after a mysterious accident in the woods. Since that time, she has a complicated relationship with her mother. Barbara is a convinced rationalist whereas her mother has become a mix of Christian fundamentalist and New-age-believer. Now her mother is calling for help and asks her to come home because Barbara’s younger sister ROSLIN disappeared together with her girlfriend PATRICIA deep in the mysterious primeval forest.

Barbara returns to the world of her childhood which appears to her like another world, trapped in the past and with superstition alive…

Teaming with her former boyfriend and now chief of the police our hero comes across the local legends haunting the impenetrable forest of this mountain village for a long time. Mysterious disappearances, mountain lights, and strange encounters created a zone in the National Park where nothing is as it seems.  In order to find the missing, they need to trust a guide with a mysterious past.  However, none of them is prepared for what they find and for an experience that goes beyond what the human mind is able to process.

 

History

The project provoked very different reactions from the early stages. These strong responses made it even more interesting and encouraged me to do something which bridges the gap between spirit and materialistic world view. It also became clear that grasping the themes of the movie project requires long-term development and a unique approach. If we want to let the audience feel the deeper reality behind visionary experience it is important to raise again and again crucial questions and consider how they translate into modern storytelling.

 

Peter Engelmann

 

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