“Chernobyl Diaries” review
Blast Magazine - almost 5 years
What should a good horror film be about? There is always the threat of violence and the anticipation of death, but, more than the visceral, a memorable horror film should be about human weakness. The Exorcist was more than a movie about demon possession: it was about a crisis of faith. The Shining was, in the simplest sense, a story about a haunted house (hotel), but it really was an exploration of Oedipal issues and physical abuse.
The Chernobyl Diaries, from one of the creators of Paranormal Activity, is extremely scary (I had my hands over my eyes the whole time) and competently made. There are enough dark passageways, creaky doors, and things leaping out at the camera to last me a whole year. But the movie fails to be a memorable work of horror, for it really isn’t about anything other than watching our heroes and heroines get picked off one by one—as much as that is quite frightening.
2 out of 4 stars Directed by: Bradley Parker Written by: Shane Van Dyke, Carey Van Dyke Star
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