This soundtrack features composer Bear McCreary’s original score for The Forest, a supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest, a real life Suicide Forest, where Sara (Natalie Dormer) journeys in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to stay on the path, Sara enters the forest to discover her sister’s fate.
The soundtrack was inspired by and meant to set a tone that evokes the classic horror and thriller films of the 1970’s. The story draws heavily from Japanese folklore, and McCreary’s score reflects this through the use of traditional Japanese instrumentation and a Japanese children’s choir.
“I encouraged the children to sing softer and softer, slower and slower,” said McCreary. “Their schoolyard songs took on other-worldly qualities. Their gentle little breathy voices were genuinely frail and creepy, more effective than I could have ever dreamed. I used their songs throughout the film, as a cornerstone of the score.”