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“The Forest” is a supernatural horror film set in Aokigahara, a real-life forest located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The story follows Sara, a young woman who ventures into the forest in search of her twin sister, Jess. The forest is infamous for being a place where people go to commit suicide, and as Sara delves deeper into its depths, she encounters malevolent spirits and eerie phenomena. As she unravels the mysteries of the forest, she must confront her own fears and fight to survive.


“The Forest” received mixed reviews from critics. While the film was praised for its atmospheric setting and visually striking cinematography, some reviewers found the plot to be predictable and lacking in originality. The performances, particularly by as Sara, were generally well-received, with Dormer bringing depth to her character's emotional journey. However, the film was criticized for relying on familiar horror tropes and not fully capitalizing on the potential of its unique setting.


Sara receives news that her twin sister, Jess, has gone missing in Aokigahara, known as the Suicide Forest. Believing that Jess is still alive, Sara travels to Japan and enters the forest with the help of a guide named Michi. As they venture deeper into the eerie woodland, they encounter unsettling supernatural occurrences and encounter the tormented souls of those who have lost their lives within the forest.

Sara becomes increasingly convinced that Jess is trapped in the forest and faces terrifying visions and paranormal encounters as she searches for her sister. However, the line between reality and supernatural forces blurs, testing Sara's sanity and putting her life in jeopardy.


“The Forest” did not receive significant awards recognition.


“The Forest” gained moderate popularity among horror movie enthusiasts, particularly those drawn to atmospheric and supernatural-themed films. The setting of Aokigahara and the dark mythology surrounding the real-life location generated interest among viewers intrigued by the eerie premise. While the film did not achieve widespread critical acclaim or commercial success, it garnered a modest following among fans of the horror genre.

Directed by
Written by
  • Ben Ketai
  • Sarah Cornwell
  • Nick Antosca
Produced by
  • Tory Metzger
  • David S. Goyer
  • David Linde
Cinematography Mattias Troelstrup
Edited by Jim Flynn
Music by Bear McCreary
  • AI-Film
  • Lava Bear Films
Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Focus Features
Release date
  • January 8, 2016 (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $37.6 million




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