SALEM HORROR FEST: The Forest Hills (2023)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This movie was watched as part of Salem Horror Fest.

Directed and written by Scott Goldberg and produced by Kevin Smith, The Forest Hills follows Rico (Chiko Mendez), who has been battling mental health issues since he was struck on the head somewhere in the middle of the Catskills. He has no idea what is a dream and what is reality, but he’s sure of one thing: he’s a werewolf. And Billy (Edward Furlong) keeps trying to convince him to transform.

The cast is the real draw here, as the film brings together werewolf actress par excellence Dee Wallace, slasher queen (and mangled dick expert) Felissa Rose, scream queen Debbie Rochon, Stacey Nelkin (Halloween III), Marianne Hagan (Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers) and, most amazingly, Shelley Long, who returned to acting to be in this movie to play Rico’s mother. Marc Summers from Double Dare even shows up!

With a mix of both psychological and actual horror, The Forest Hills is an intriguing movie filled with practical effects. Goldberg also made a short film by the same name in 2007 in which content creators Michelle and Elaine Torrance — do you think he likes The Shining? — seek the urban legend of the Forest Hills in Prestonsfield, Kentucky.

You can learn more at the official site for the movie.

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