Horror movies seek to elicit emotional reactions from us through some sort of vehicle that is either macabre or supernatural in nature. Over the years, writers have weaved elements of demons, ghosts, Satanism, serial killers, vampires and zombies into a brew that serves to claw and nag at our skin and unearth fears. The movies seek to breathe life into our mundane everyday world via startling plotlines and stories that come from the putrid depths of the human imagination.
For a horror movie to be good, it must have certain characteristics. Over the last few years, Hollywood has trotted out bleak, and that’s putting it mildly, horror movies that are nothing but nonsensical masks of the true interpretation of horror. This same horrendous undercurrent flows through Chernobyl Diaries.
The film revolves around a group of twentysomethings travelling to the Ukraine and making a stop in the town of Pripyat, the site of the infamous Chernobyl disaster. Joined by a tour guide named Uri, the young adults find themselves trapped in a world of mutated dogs and creatures that move through the darkness. By the climax of the movie, the audience is enlightened on who is pulling the strings behind the mystery.
While Chernobyl Diaries may have had excellent intentions in the aspects of depicting a frightening meal of abhorrent and repugnant chills and thrills, what ended up being served was ho hum formulaic gimmicks that have become repetitious and tiring. The viewer is left wondering why they decided to enter the radioactive world in the first place.
Chernobyl Diaries receives a PA
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