Title - 'The Forest'
Artist - Bear McCreary
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.
This intense, OMG so intense soundtrack for 'The Forest' has been composed by the superman of all horror/supernatural movie compositions, the one, the only Bear McCreary. His original score for this new-style supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest is chock full within its (sadly only) ten tracks of such intensity, such devotion to the thriller cause that you feel he himself was kept up at night after listening to them!
The soundtrack was obviously inspired by the tone of 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. Indeed, Bear himself has said that he had a hand in how the children actually sang: "I encouraged the children to sing softer and softer, slower and slower," he says. "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."
Trust me when I say McCreary was the man for the job on this soundtrack to 'The Forest.' Well, you don't actually have to trust me, or take my word for it, I guess, because McCreary won an Emmy for his main title theme of 'Da Vinci's Demons' so yeah, he knows what he's doing! Add to that his most recent Emmy nomination was in 2015 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for Season 1 of 'Outlander,' and you can quite easily see that he is a rather brilliant TV/movie composer.