Horror from around the Globe: Aokigahara
I hope your holidays were delightful. My better (but far less scary) half got me a nest for Christmas, so I spent a ridiculous amount of time in my papasan chair, colouring in my Sherlock book and reading, swaddled in fluffy blankets and wearing a frog onesie. It was majestic.
Now that the holidays are over, it seems we’re getting a delightful pile of fresh new horror. flicks We kicked it off with KRAMPUS, and have THE BOY coming out soon, which looks awesome. But the one I’m most looking forward to is THE FOREST.
THE FOREST is about Aokigahara, AKA the mf-ing Suicide Forest. It’s an emerald green sea of trees (another name for the forest) at the base of Mount Fuji. It is the most popular suicide spot in Japan, and one of the top three in the world. It’s so popular that they have this sign at the beginning of the trails asking people to think of their loved ones, along with the number for the suicide prevention hotline.
(There are SO many photos of the forest’s dead online, but I feel icky posting any of them. Search at your own risk. Some photos are extremely graphic and every single one is heartbreaking.)
(Photo credit: modernmotion.com)
The plot of THE FOREST focuses on Sara, who visits Japan in search of her sister, who went into Aokigahara. Sara is warned to stay on the paths, but she obviously doesn’t, and is pulled into a living nightmare full of angry, restless ghosts who try to claim her as one of their own.
Like…walking in the forest alone is sometimes creepy as hell, let alone taking a stroll in a forest where HUNDREDS of people die each year. My feet tingle just thinking of setting foot anywhere near it, but at the same time I would not be able to stay away if I were ever in that neck of the world.
I’m hoping the movie isn’t all jumpy scares and we get some good emotional depth too. I absolutely love when I feel connected to the MC, especially if she’s doing something as tragic as searching for her (most likely dead) sister. So, needless to say, I know where I’ll be tomorrow night. I’ll paste the trailer below and shoot me a tweet (@raddestgirlever) if you check it out this weekend.