The forest is real. Oh yes, it is. There’s something even more terrifying about a horror movie that takes place in a real-life forest known as the “suicide forest.” Yikes.
Set in the legendary – and yes, real-life – Aokigahara Forest of Japan (at the base of Mt. Fuji), “The Forest” is an upcoming supernatural thriller which follows Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), a young American woman in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared.
Accompanied by expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire”), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself. Here’s a new motion poster:
I checked the filming locations on IMDB, and it looks like the forest scenes were filmed in Tara National Forest in Serbia. So hopefully, they didn’t have to actually film IN the suicide forest.
Directed by Jason Zada and written by Ben Ketai, Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, the cast also includes Yukiyoshi Ozawa and Eoin Macken. The Gramercy Pictures film hits theaters Jan. 8, 2016.