The Chernobyl Diaries. Creepy and effective. Mini review

My first mini-review. Huzzah !

I watched The Chernobyl Diaries tonight on DVD. I’d seen some ads for the cinema release but I don’t think it ever made it on the big screen in Melbourne. I certainly would have gone to see it.

Despite the 29% Rotten Tomatoes rating I think this is one creepy and effective little film. Got 5 out of 10 on IMDB – I think its more of a 7.



It has a great premise – 6 young western adults are taken by a dodgy guide on an “extreme tour” of the soviet town of Pripyat, which housed the workers and families of the nearby Chernobyl power plant. Pripyat was abandoned in desperate haste during the Chernobyl disaster. It is now an abandoned ghost city. Some kind of unsettling cross between the “Mary Celeste” and Pompeii. But nothing is quite so eerie as a deserted place that isn’t quite deserted.

Having broken the rules to get to Pripyat, the tour van breaks down in mysterious circumstances leaving the party of seven stranded, argumentative and ….surrounded. By bears and wolves. And possibly something else.

This is my favourite style of horror film. It relies on mood and suspense letting your imagination do most of the heavy lifting, and I think it achieved its aim very well.

Recommended – very good DVD + pizza film

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