Who goes to Chernobyl on vacation? Idiot American 20-somethings in desperate need of being weeded out of the universe, that’s who. So yeah, I’m not feeling all that bad for these numbnuts at all that they end up being hunted by some weird things in the Oren Peli-written “Chernobyl Diaries”. They’re going with shaky cam on this one, but is otherwise not another Found Footage movie. Or at least, it doesn’t look like it from this first trailer. I could be wrong, of course. I don’t know where the “Diaries” part comes in, though, but I guess it makes it sound more Found Footage-y, and that might be what they’re going for.
“Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young tourists who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme tour” guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…
Starring a bunch of people you’ve never heard of and directed by Brad Parker. The film’s biggest selling point being, of course, “Paranormal Activity’s” Peli, who wrote the script.
Explorin’ the dead May 25, 2012.