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“THE FOREST” Debuts Foreboding First PosterMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
It’s been quite some time since the J-Horror mantle was bumped from the zeitgeist in favor for the more graphic and vicious landscape of the poorly-dubbed “torture porn” era. However, after INSIDIOUS and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY helped usher in a new age of minimalist ghost stories, one would assume it would only be a matter of time before J-Horror found an angle back into relevancy. And from the looks of it, Jason Zada’s THE FOREST appears to have the best chance of doing so, as evident by the unique tie to a specifically haunting part of Japanese culture and the visual styling on display, which one can get a look at in the brand new poster below!
For those unfamiliar, here’s the official synopsis and trailer for THE FOREST…
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), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), 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.
Though some of the scares presented in the trailer are familiar in nature, there’s no denying that the central conceit of THE FOREST is creepy as hell. Between THE FOREST and the upcoming RING reboot (entitled RINGS), will J-Horror rise to the occasion to steal horror throne once more? Only time will tell, and fans can see THE FOREST for themselves when the film hits theaters nationwide from Gramercy Pictures on January 8th.