• The Forest (2016)

The Forest

Release Date: January 8th, 2016

DVD Release Date: April 11th, 2016

PG-13 |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

When her twin sister disappears in Japan, a young American named Sara (Natalie Dormer) becomes determined to find out what happened to her. Sara's investigation leads her to the legendary Aokigahara Forest, located at the base of Mount Fuji. Accompanied by expatriate Aiden, she enters the mysterious wilderness after being warned to "stay on the path." Her investigation plunges her into a dark world where the angry and tormented souls of the dead prey on those who dare to explore the forest.

Cast: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt, Rina Takasaki, Osamu Tanpopo, Yasuo Tobishima

Director: Jason Zada

Genres: Thriller , Horror , Mystery

Production Co: Phantom Four, Lava Bear Films

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: 2010s , Pursuit , Survival , Sister , House , Mystery , Dark ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 45
    Emily YoshidaThe Verge

    With jump scares and cornball demon faces lurking around every corner, the more ambient (and important) existential despair of Aokigahara is lost. show more

  • 10
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    The accusations of cultural tone-deafness wind up being fairly moot, since The Forest turns out to be so generally inept and non-scary that to boycott it would give the film more attention than it deserves. show more

  • 30
    Justin LoweThe Hollywood Reporter

    Although he can’t quite get a grip on guiding the lightweight narrative, Zada demonstrates a fluid visual style, particularly in the complex sequences filmed in the forest settings. show more

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