Actress Natalie Dormer might have found something far more frightening than being briefly betrothed to Joffrey Baratheon on HBO's Game of Thrones. Best known for her role as the scheming Margaery Tyrell on the dark fantasy series, Dormer is branching out into indie horror territory in the supernatural thriller The Forest.
Dormer plays an American woman searching for her vanished twin sister in Japan's legendary Aokigahara forest, best known culturally as the "suicide forest." The Aokigahara wilderness area north of Mount Fuji is notorious for the number of self-induced deaths that occur within its dense forest and icy caverns every year. Rumors perpetuate the local myths that Aokigahara was once the site of ubasute, the Japanese custom of leaving aging relatives in the wilderness to die during times of extreme famine or drought in the 19th century. Angry spirits known as yurei theoretically inhabit the haunted realm, ready to punish any unwanted interlopers.
Have a peek at this new trailer and poster, and tell us if you're prepared to stay on the path.
Directed by Jason Zada and also starring Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa, The Forest creeps into theaters on Jan. 8, 2016.
(Via Den of Geek)