The first trailer has been released for The Forest, the upcoming supernatural thriller which takes place in Aokigahara, a “suicide forest” at the base of Mt. Fuji. Many people choose to go there to end their lives, and as you might expect, it’s now become a source of inspiration for some filmmakers. Gus Van Sant recently took a crack at it with Sea of Trees, but the response to that film at Cannes was overwhelmingly negative. Whether this one will fare any better remains to be seen, but so far, it looks promising.
Starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), The Forest is based on an idea by Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer and will be directed by Jason Zada. Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:
The Forest, which is set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, tells the story of a young American woman who goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who prey on anyone who wanders into the forest.
The Forest is set to be released early next January, which is not a great slot for any movie, but it certainly sounds compelling enough to at least remain optimistic about. We’ll let you decide whether the trailer is any good though for yourself in the comments section down below.