On Wednesday, Septmeber 30, Gramercy Pictures will release the first full-length trailer for their upcoming thriller The Forest, which arrives in theaters January 8, 2016. To get fans ready for that footage, Fandango has released a 15-second trailer preview, featuring Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer. Be sure to check back in just two short days for The Forest full-length trailer. This brief teaser gives you a tiny glimpse at this terrifying story.
The Forest, which is set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, tells the story of a young American woman named Sara (Natalie Dormer) 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 supporting cast includes Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken, Rina Takasaki, Kikuo Ichikawa, Noriko Sakura, Yûho Yamashita, Stephanie Vogt and James Owen.
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.
Jason Zada (The Houses October Built) directed The Forest from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca. David S. Goyer is producing under his Phantom Four banner alongside Tory Metzger and Lava Bear's David Linde. Len Blavatnik, Aviv Giladi and Lawrence Bender will serve as executive producers for AI Film.
The Forest has been given a January 8, 2016 release date, which puts 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. Do you think The Forest has what it takes to open big at the box office in the first weekend of January? The first weekend of the year doesn't typically produce big numbers at the box office, but perhaps that could all change next year.