Tyler Oliver's directorial debut is a tough horror movie to talk about without spoiling too much. That's not to imply Forget Me Not has a maddening, last-minute twist at the end, a common fallback for most independent productions vying for the spotlight on the festival circuit, but there is a gradual turning point in the script in which the game changes unexpectedly, shifting the film's overall mood and direction with enough jolt that the surprise in watching it unfold is half the fun. It opens as a rather familiar story about a group of attractive high school kids partying it up on their first post-graduation weekend, when out of nowhere an unidentified blur of shadows begins to throw bloody wrenches into their rendezvous plans one by one.

Yet while the opener may seem like countless other teen-centric horror movies, particularly since the blurring shadow in question initially looks a little too much like the vengeful ghost from The Grudge, the film slowly tips its hand, revealing a refreshing premise unlike any recent, teen-centric offerings I can think of. There's a question to be asked as to whether or not being simply different is enough to land the film any great distance ahead of its peers, but the effort shown in trying to be a cerebral blend of horrors that do warrant a thorough dissection after the credits roll does more than enough to justify keeping Forget Me Not on your radar.
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