The first trailer for Jason Zada’s horror film The Forest finds Natalie Dormer straying from the path through Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in search of her missing twin sister. Normally, breaking the rules in a horror film is bad enough for the main characters, but since this infamous woodland is associated with demons in Japanese mythology and is a notorious location for suicides, ignoring your guides is a guaranteed recipe for disaster.
While I love the premise for The Forest, I’m not super impressed with this first look at the film. There are jump scares galore, a laundry list of tropes on display, and a reveal of what could actually have been some tense moments in the movie itself. This is another case of a trailer showing off the goods without actually enticing audiences to see the movie. I’m a fan of Dormer, I believe that her character Sara really wants to find her missing twin sister, and David S. Goyer does have a script credit, but the second half of this trailer makes me want to wait until it’s available on Netflix to find out if she’s successful.
Also starring Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa, The Forest opens in U.S. theaters on January 8, 2016. Watch the first trailer for The Forest below:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Forest:
A supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), 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 that prey on anyone who wanders into the forest.