“The Forest” Delves into Japanese Horrors
“The Forest” is an upcoming American version of supernatural themed J-Horror film. What is J-Horror, you may ask. J-Horror or Japanese Horror focuses on paranormal aspects such as ghosts and poltergeists. The themes are most often associated in Japanese culture and folklore. The J-Horror genre much like American Horror films extend into different sub-genres such as psychological horror, suspense. “The Forest” will attempt to follow in the footsteps of successful J-Horror. Its refreshing to see Hollywood creating something fresh instead of Americanizing pre-existing J-Horror films.
“The Forest” centers on Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a place long considered to be haunted and is associated with Japanese mythological demons. Extending a fourteen square mile region at the northwest base of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest is notorious for being the preferred choice for people looking to end their lives. It is estimated in 2008 that one hundred suicides occurred every year at Aokigahara Forest. The problem is severe, that suicide prevention signs have been posted at the entrances to Aokigahara Forest.
“The Forest” Supernatural Thriller
“The synopsis to the film “The Forest” reads as follows:
Set in the Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings not to “stray from the path,” Sara dares to enter the forest to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who now prey on anyone who crosses their paths.
“The Forest is” directed by Jason Zada based off the script written by David S. Goyer, in collaboration with Nick Antosca, Ben Ketai, and Sarah Cornwell. The film stars; Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Rina Takasaki and Eoin Macken. “The Forest” will be released theatrically on the 8th of January 2016.