The real life Aokigahara "Suicide" Forest serves as the inspiration for Focus Features' new thriller The Forest. In case you missed the first trailer that debuted back in September, MTV has debuted the second trailer, featuring star Natalie Dormer. The actress also debuted a new poster for this upcoming thriller on her official Facebook and Instagram pages earlier today.
Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. The Forest centers on a young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games) journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of 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. The supporting cast includes Stephanie Vogt, James Owen, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken, Rina Takasaki, Kikuo Ichikawa and Noriko Sakura.
The real-life Aokigahara forest, also known as the Suicide Forest, is also the setting of another upcoming film, The Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. The forest has been associated with demons in Japanese mythology, and has been the site of hundreds of suicides throughout the years. It was estimated that, in 2010, more than 200 people tried to take their own lives in the forest, 54 of whom were successful.
The Forest has been given a January 8, 2016 release date, which pits it up against an untitled Blumhouse Pictures horror movie and 20th Century Fox's The Revenant, which expands nationwide on that date after opening in limited release on Christmas Day. Jason Zada (The Houses October Built) directed The Forest from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca. Take a look at the new trailer and poster for The Forest before it hits theaters this January.