Floresta das Almas Perdidas, Artistic Thriller Redefines Slasher Concept
Floresta das Almas Perdidas Earns DecayMag Premier Award for Distinguished filmmaking. Innovative Creativity becomes a major Contributor.
Translated title: The Forest of Lost Souls
Director: José Pedro Lopes
Writer: José Pedro Lopes
Release Date: February 2017 (Portugal)
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Running Time: 1h 11min
The Forest of the Lost Souls is a dense and remote forest, Portugal’s most popular place for suicide. In a summer morning, two strangers meet within the woods.
Slasher films, some cinephile love the concept others could not care less about it. Whatever the conclusion one point is indisputable, Slashers are a popular theme in Horror cinema. Pop culture reference most if not all psychotic killers featured in slasher films. The demand for these figures doesn’t exist in North America alone, it’s a global phenomenon.
Over time added twists to the slasher genre attempt to change the viewing experience. Situations pinning an assembly of teen personalities against a maniacal killer are conventional. In terms of structure, the equation hasn’t transformed. In this stage, Horror filmmakers are seeking to bring out the next Horror icon.
José Pedro Lopes has over ten years of practice in the motion picture industry. During this time Lopes served in various facets of film production. With a slate of short films to his credit, Lopes unveiled his directorial debut with A Floresta das Almas Perdidas. The title translates in English as Forest of Lost Souls.
Lopes doesn’t adhere to traditional slasher film tropes. A Floresta das Almas Perdidas doesn’t have a masked assailant. The antagonist is neither kindled by a supernatural authority. With that said, what makes Lopes’s film a memorable construct? Lopes redefined the genre by introducing a coming of age component.
A Floresta das Almas Perdidas rises as one of the most composed Horror films in decades. Lopes achieved a feat most indie filmmakers strive for throughout their profession. The visuals are awe-inspiring with every frame serving as a labor of imagination. Let’s start with the cinematography.
Lopes went with a black and white aesthetic instead of colored filters. There’re many purposes of infusing this color scheme. For instance; the filter can adequately mask unpolished practical effects. In opposite contexts, a black and white palette functions as subtlety and tension.
The many stages in Lopes’ film have a heartfelt effect. Cinematographer Francisco Lobo grips emotion and executes it. Viewers will become acquainted with sorrow and malaise within the opening frame. The opening minutes become a trance-like interlude that concludes as tragic poetry.
The actors were remarkable with enhancing the characters they portray. As a highlight, here we have an adversary in opposition to the slasher archetype. The impulse behind the atrocities is also a transformed construct. Credit to the actor for embodying a disturbed central character. Innocence instead of intimidation channels accomplishment of this role.
A Floresta das Almas Perdidas is captivating, a visual narrative that communicates volumes without linguistic boundaries. Audiences will discover Lopes’ film to be an outstanding design, a modern concept of Horror storytelling. This is one of the few occasions to which a Horror film translates with flawlessness across every aspect of the composition.
There’s a sense of predictability in the storyline. It becomes evident who the antihero is. Suspicions arise before the concluding minutes to Act I. A faster narrative pace keeps audiences engaged with mystery. The reveal had to seize dramatics and for astute observers, this is not possible. Extended dialogue and scenes took suspicions out of the reveal.
A Floresta das Almas Perdidas ranks as a distinguishing Horror film. Innovative, comprehensive and compelling are fine summaries to Lopes’ filmmaking. The antagonist is exemplary. This character destroys the mold of conventional slasher concepts. Every year there are specific Horror films that stand out from the competition. With that respect, A Floresta das Almas Perdidas owns 2017.