Chernobyl Diaries

Chernobyl Diaries

Brad Parker (2012)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This horror tale is all about the location, as six backpackers on an eastern European "extreme tour" explore Pripyat, the abandoned town next to the infamous Chernobyl nuclear reactor, and fight for their lives against mysterious marauders. The novelty value of the desolate historical setting (with Belgrade and Budapest standing in for the devastated hotspots) keeps things interesting as debut director Brad Parker takes his time to unleash the terror. He teases with deformed catfish and jarring jolts, before putting his game cast through such tried and tested shocks as sudden wolf attacks, creepy kids and barely glimpsed lurches from the darkness. The eeriness increases as the survivors descend towards the location of the core meltdown, even though the predictable climax is well telegraphed by this point. The major relief here, is that producer/co-writer Oren Peli widens out his usual Paranormal Activity "found footage" style with a more intimate documentary approach, and the result is a satisfyingly fear-filled radioactive workout.

Summary

Six tourists exploring Russia are led by a local guide to a town near the site of the infamous nuclear disaster. They end up stranded in the area, and face a battle for survival when they discover it is home to all manner of ferocious mutated creatures. Horror, starring Jesse McCartney and Dimitri Diatchenko.

Cast & Crew

Amanda Devin Kelley
Paul Jonathan Sadowski
Zoe Ingrid Bolso Berdal
Natalie Olivia Dudley
Chris Jesse McCartney
Michael Nathan Phillips
Uri Dimitri Diatchenko
Director Brad Parker
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Other Information

Language: English / RussianColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jun 2012
Drama