Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
For those of you who don’t know what happened at Chernobyl, a Nuclear Power planet exploded 25 years ago in Russia releasing tons of radiation to the point where the people who lived in a nearby town had just minutes to evacuate. Even to this day, the town of Pripyat, the town where all the families and workers of the plant lived, is still under lockdown and no unauthorised people are allowed. Anyone going inside the power plant itself must have on radiation suits and can only be exposed for 15 minutes a day. The movie Chernobyl Diaries is the story of a group of Americans on vacation who decide to let an “extreme tour guide” take them on a tour of Pripyat only to find that they aren’t alone!
Let me start by saying that Chernobyl Diaries would have been great if it remained similar to the documentary it seemed like it was going to be at the beginning. Seeing the actors walk around the deserted town was something out of the history channel. Then they had to go and ruin it with a “horror” premise. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good horror film… but GOOD is the key word. In my opinion, if you want to scare audiences, SHOW them creepy and shocking stuff… not loud noises, blurry images and “things” in the shadows. The scares derived in this movie come from things popping out of nowhere and people screaming. I didn’t pay money to see Americans screaming, I want to be shocked by the sight of mutants/zombies doing whatever it is that they do. You only “see” things on the screen for seconds at a time. This is like a shitter version of The Hills Have Eyes that is sightly educational. Most of the scares here will only scare teens who don’t know what a worthy horror is. If you really want a good horror/suspense film, watch Insidious or Paranormal Activity. Even Resident Evil was better… Don’t see this crap!
5/10 Stars – Nothing memorable about the scares here, but the history of the town is interesting.
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