There’s more than just lions, tigers and bears in full trailer for ‘The Forest’

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There’s a big risk in making a film – let alone a horror film – that is either based on true events or around factual evidence. They can either have such success that they soar (2008’s Strangers, 1988’s Serpent and the Rainbow, 2005’s Wolf Creek, etc.), or bomb at the box office and are never heard of again (2005’s Exorcism of Emily Rose, 2007’s Borderland, 2012’s The Possession, etc.). Now, we have a new contender coming into the ring.

After just releasing the teaser earlier this week, Gramercy Pictures has now released the first full trailer for the upcoming 2016 film, The Forest. Starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games) and directed by Jason Zada, this supernatural thriller, based on an original screenplay done by David S. Goyer, sure does take the “haunted forest” idea to a whole new level.

Filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan, The Forest reveals a tale of a young American woman who travels to Japan to search for her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared in the Aokigahara forest. She doesn’t stop at any point to heed any of the warnings that people give her about the forest, or about staying “on the path”, and blindly treks the forest to discover the whereabouts of her lost sister. Little does she know that the forest itself holds many secrets, and many of those secrets do not wish to be disturbed, even after death.

The thing is, there are many legends that surround the Aokigahara forest, or Suicide Forest as some have to call it, like it being the second-most popular place in the world to commit suicide, according to the Japan Times. Many reports have stated that there are several anomalies once someone crosses the threshold of the forest, and that even the demons of those who have taken their lives in the forest still reside there, attacking anyone who trails off the beaten path. There are many videos out there documenting the oddity that is Aokigahara forest, and even the trailer challenges you to do the research yourself, ending the trailer with the hashtag #TheForestIsReal.

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What do you think of the trailer? Is it just going to be all hype and no show, or will it actually dish out some serious scares? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment down below!

The Forest haunts its way into theaters January 8, 2016

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