The Chernobyl Diaries makes extreme tourism sound like a bad idea

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A few years back, Oren “steady on the camera” Peli hit it big with Paranormal Activity, a small film that made big waves in the industry with his unique take on the horror genre.

And now he’s back, with a much slicker, shakier-camera styled film, that takes viewers inside the abandoned Chernobyl plant and its surroundings. Did I say abandoned? Oh no, I meant crawling with all manner of unspeakable horror!

Originally titled The Diary of Lawson Oxford, the re-titled Chernobyl Diaries tells the tale of a group of friends who embark on some extreme tourism, visiting the radioactive site of the infamous nuclear disaster outside the Russian Ukranian city of Prypiat.

Of course, what was supposed to be a memorable trip soon devolves into pure horror, as the group discover that they are being hunted by something.

It’s looking quite slick so far, and the scares look genuinely creepy instead of tacky. The Chernobyl Diaries releases in May, and stars Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Nathan Phillips and Jesse McCartney.

Bradley Parker directs the film, based on a script written by Oren Peli, Shane van Dyke and Carey van Dyke.

 

Last Updated: March 20, 2012

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