Enter the heart of Aokigahara with a 360-degree video and audio experience ahead of the release of Gramercy Pictures' The Forest. Also in this round-up: a confirmed release date for The Abandoned (formerly The Confines), Kickstarter details on the 4K restoration of the 1963 B movie, The Atomic Brain, and info on The Ice Cream Truck.

The Forest: "Join the Experience and 'Enter the Suicide Forest' http://thesuicideforest.com/.

Enter the Suicide Forest is an immersive 360-degree sight and sound experience that takes fans right into the heart of Aokigahara, the terrifying real-life suicide forest located at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. The experience uses real images taken at Aokigahara.

The experience is best viewed in either mobile or virtual reality using Google Cardboard and your phone. 360-degree video and audio transports fans right into The Suicide Forest.

Find your friend, trace her path...but leave the forest before it takes you.

THE FOREST hits theaters nationwide from Gramercy Pictures on January 8th.

SYNOPSIS: Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire”), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.

DIRECTOR: Jason Zada

WRITERS: Ben Ketai and Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca

CAST: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, and Eoin Macken."


The Abandoned: Press Release: "IFC Midnight proudly announces the release of THE ABANDONED (previously titled THE CONFINES). The film opens in New York and LA on January 8th. The film will be release day and date with VOD.

Director Eytan Rockaway makes his feature film directorial debut in this tense thriller that blurs the lines between illness and reality to mirror the traumatized psyche of the protagonist in a story that challenges the power of our own perception.

Take a terrifying plunge into the warped mind of a disturbed young woman. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (Martha Marcy May Marlene's Louisa Krause) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. But on her first night on duty, she discovers a horrifying presence lurking deep within the bowels of the decaying building. With her nerves already on edge, Streak must confront demons both real and imagined as she struggles to keep a grip on her sanity. Jason Patric (The Lost Boys) co-stars in this harrowing thrill ride."


The Atomic Brain: From Kickstarter: "My name is Benjamin Solovey, and thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers like yourself, I had the pleasure of restoring Manos: The Hands of Fate from the surviving 16mm elements. It's now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

With your help, I'll next be overseeing a full 4K restoration of the classic B-Movie "The Atomic Brain", also known as "Monstrosity", from the original 35mm camera negative.

In the process, we'll create a documentary about its director, Joseph V. Mascelli, ASC, one of the most influential yet unknown cinematographers in film history."

To learn more about The Atomic Brain 4K restoration Kickstarter, visit:


The Ice Cream Truck: Press Release: "Megan Freels Johnston's new psychological thriller The Ice Cream Truck is set to shoot in Spring of 2016. The screenplay for the film is already gaining traction as a semi-finalist in the Circus Road Screenplay Competition. Hilary Barraford and Johnston will serve as producers of the film while many of Johnston's creative team from Rebound are already in place.

Synopsis: "Mary's husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As Mary's family ties up loose ends back home, Mary moves into their new house all alone and ....waits. Although her familiar suburb is a constant reminder of her youth, something seems strange. A local Ice Cream Man with a love of nostalgia starts to kill some of her neighbors. Mary is torn between her mature instincts that something wrong and the distracting memories of her younger days."

Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Ice-Cream-Truck-884528361663246/?ref=hl

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/IceCreamTruck3"

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