The Forest is set to open on January 8th and it stars Natalie Dormer, Eoin Macken, and Stephanie Voget (to name a few). In the film, a young women (Played by Natalie Dormer) goes looking for her twin sister (also played by Dormer) in a creepy Japanese forest where she encounters paranormal forces and find herself fighting off her own demons from the past.
We had a chance to chat with Dormer about filming the movie and here’s how it went:
Question: In the movie you played twins. How was it as an actor playing twins and how did you go about that?
Natalie Dormer: It was extremely fun to play two different characters that have two separate personalities. The writers wanted to make sure that the viewers of this film know they are completely different people and wrote the script based on real life – How one twin can sense the other. It was challenging at times, as I had to remember which twin I was portraying. It definitely adds to the mystery and suspense of this film.
Question: How did the crew approach filming on a location like the Forest? It does have some history.
Natalie Dormer: Everyone involved was extremely respectful of their surroundings. They didn’t want to disturb anything that might be lurking in the area. So much, that my driver wouldn’t even get out of the car!
Question: The film scared the hell out of me at some points. Watching this do you ever forget it’s a movie. Even if you’re in it?
Natalie Dormer: Believe it or not. I forgot it was a movie and jumped during the screening. Mind you, I was in it! Filming a movie and watching it are two completely different things. Its still amazes me to see the final product at the end.
Question: Are you interested in making any more horror films?
Natalie Dormer: Of course! Horror films are definitely fun to do. Never a dull moment. I love to do anything that is well written, challenging, or artistic.
About the movie:
When her twin sister disappears in Japan, a young American named Sara (Natalie Dormer) becomes determined to find out what happened to her. Sara’s investigation leads her to the legendary Aokigahara Forest, located at the base of Mount Fuji. Accompanied by expatriate Aiden, she enters the mysterious wilderness after being warned to “stay on the path.” Her investigation plunges her into a dark world where the angry and tormented souls of the dead prey on those who dare to explore the forest.
Release date: January 8, 2016 (USA)
Director: Jason Zada
Music composed by: Bear McCreary
Screenplay: Nick Antosca, Ben Ketai, Sarah Cornwell
Producers: David S. Goyer, David Linde, Tory Metzger