If you're looking for a haunting picture in the woods next year, then your wait is over. The Forest will satisfy your desire to see everything and anything that can go wrong when a young women comes across savage spirits while trying to track down her younger sister in the backwoods of a foreign country. Natalie Dormer will be supplying the screams to match the scares as she ventures into the woods. So far this film has flown under the radar and will be making rounds in January (or the garbage month for hollywood movies that studios want to spring on audiences) where it will keep playing, and hopefully people turn to see it, or if you simply want to support Dormer and the film in general.
Here's the plot synopsis:
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. 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 plot actually sounds kind of interesting and the location and setting will provide for a tense and frightening experience. Aokigahara Forest is actually a real place in Japan where people go to end their lives (shivers) and has been infamous for this very reason. Japan is known for many things and its forests are among the most interesting things about the country. Aside from that, the overall story captures some attention since you may have questions regarding the history of the forest. Natalie Dormer's character is interesting since she would go out of her way to find her sister even if it means breaking a few rules and moving deeper into unfamiliar territory. You might care about the protagonist's mission and root for them, or you might find them annoying and smile with glee as they meet a horrific demise.
Keep in mind that this is Dormer's first role in a horror flick, and there is the distinct possibility that it won't be her last. Dormer is expanding into different genres of film and has been making strides since her days on Game of Thrones. Turning attention back to the film, there is a chance that people might show up for this since some might be in the mood for a forest-set horror film. The budget for this can't be too big either given the use of practical effects being utilized in the trailer. The film could be a modest hit if enough people see it, and Natalie Dormer might just be a big enough of a draw to ensure that her fans and casual moviegoers pay a visit to their local cinema. Overall, there are reasons to go, or simply pass on it, it's up to you.