Chernobyl Diaries (2012), directed by Bradley Parker

I’m sorry everyone, this will be short, but time is a wastin’ and I want to get one last Horror Pledge review in on this, the last day of October.

I seemed to be the only person in the world who thought this looked like a good movie. I was wrong.

A group of tourists heads on an “extreme adventures” tour into Chernobyl, the site of the infamous reactor meltdown back in the 1980s.

They see an entire city deserted and look around this place frozen in time after it was deserted. Aside from getting rushed by an enormous bear, it all goes well.

That is until the van won’t start and someone or something kills one of them. And so on and so forth.

Chernobyl Diaries has an interesting concept but it’s executed in such a mundane, boring way that it falls completely flat. It’s a standard one person getting messed up after the other plot, all culminating in a final showdown where we finally get to see the “other.”

Followed by a shocking “twist” ending, of course.

I think the main problem was in the setup. It’s all kind of rushed and undeveloped and I really couldn’t have cared less about the characters involved. The Aussie and his girlfriend are thrown in at the last moment with absolutely no development. It’s all pretty standard.

Oh, and why not end the film with the Supergrass song from the beginning? That would have been great, instead of the standard Xtreme horror metal music.

Okay, I promised short, so there you go. It’s not a very good movie and a disappointing end to horror pledge. I think I’ll watch Halloween tonight to make up for it.

So thank you to all those who followed the pledge, I had a blast doing it, I hope somebody read some of them. I discovered two gems to add to my list of horror favourites (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Dead & Buried) and got to check a great many more of my “to see” list.

Now I’m going to go watch Friday Night Lights so I can believe in something again.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Chernobyl Diaries is available on home video.