MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 1,602 this week

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  25 May 2012 (USA)
5.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 46,270 users  
Reviews: 255 user | 251 critic

Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

Director:

(as Brad Parker)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 19 Nov 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 15 Jan 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 14 Oct 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 19 Apr 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

Chernobyl Diaries (2012) on IMDb 5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chernobyl Diaries.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Directors: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A film student who is obsessed with the movie Grave Encounters sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film.

Director: John Poliquin
Stars: Richard Harmon, Shawn C. Phillips, Jennica Fulton
The Tunnel Movie I (2011)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.

Director: Carlo Ledesma
Stars: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Stars: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Christopher Nicholas Smith
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Stars: Stephen Dunham, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli
Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
The Collection II (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as "The Collector" is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl from the killer's booby-trapped warehouse.

Director: Marcus Dunstan
Stars: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

Director: Tod Williams
Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Molly Ephraim
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Jesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn't long before Jessie finds he's been marked for ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Landon
Stars: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh
Devil's Pass (2013)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Five young filmmakers retrace the steps of a doomed group of hikers in pursuit of an unsolvable mystery.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright
Apartment 143 (2011)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building.

Director: Carles Torrens
Stars: Kai Lennox, Gia Mantegna, Michael O'Keefe
Cold Prey (2006)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jannicke, Morten Tobias, Eirik, Mikael and Ingunn are on a snowboarding vacation in Jotunheimen. They are forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel when Morten Tobias breaks his leg and ... See full summary »

Director: Roar Uthaug
Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Zoe
...
Uri
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Ukrainian Thug
Ivan Djordjevic ...
Ukrainian Thug
Ivan Jovic ...
Ukrainian Thug
Zinaida Dedakin ...
Ivana Milutinovic ...
...
Medic Goldshimdt
...
Medic Grotzky
Edit

Storyline

Americans Chris, his girlfriend Natalie and their friend Amanda travel to Europe on vacation. They meet up with Chris' brother Paul living in Kiev, Ukraine. Chris wants to travel to Moscow to propose to Natalie, but Paul convinces the group to first visit Chernobyl with an extreme tourism guide. They meet the guide Uri and another couple who are also going on the tour. Uri explains that because of the radiation levels he can only take them to Pripyat, a deserted city very near Chernobyl. They travel by van, but are stopped by a military checkpoint that makes them turn back. Not giving up, Uri finds an alternative route to the town. The group spends the day taking photographs and exploring abandoned buildings. Uri becomes nervous and decides it's time to head home. However, the van won't start and they discover the engine was sabotaged. Soon they discover that they are stranded, no one knows they are there and that they are definitely not alone. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ten years ago, the Ukrainian government let tourists visit the area around Chernobyl. They said it was safe... It wasn't. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some bloody images and pervasive language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror en Chernobyl  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,955,307 (USA) (25 May 2012)

Gross:

$18,112,929 (USA) (13 July 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was shot on location in Hungary and Serbia. See more »

Goofs

While searching for Uri, Michael, Paul and Amanda follow a drag trail into an abandoned building. The trail disappears completely from the dusty ground while they are in the kitchen talking, only to reappear in the next shot when they resume the search. See more »

Quotes

Chris: I swear to God, Paul, it's a fucking hazard having you as a brother.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Plutonium Baby (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic
Performed by Vika
Written by Vika Vasilevich
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
It's The Descent set in Chernobyl with the quality dial turned down to 20%.
28 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

There's a long version of this review and a short version. You're getting the short version because Chernobyl Diaries really isn't worth the effort.

If you haven't watched the trailer, do so. It's unnerving, it shows great promise, the location shots look great and the big selling point the distributors push is that it's from the pen of Oren Peli who scarred the hell out of me with Paranormal Activity and it's imaginatively titled sequel, Paranormal Activity 2 (I resisted the lure of the ball-tightening third installment). Unfortunately, the full 86 minute feature acts only to dilute the impact.

That Chernobyl Diaries is the directorial debut of visual effects man Bradley Parker is great news for him but not so much for us. The only original aspect of this film is the setting and he's brought nothing new or exciting to this dark party. Not even sufficient lighting to enable the audience to see. Forget dim lighting to enhance the atmosphere, this is darkness to shroud the tedium.

Set in the present day, it paints the entirely predictable story of a group of young travellers who venture into the utterly deserted, uninhabited, nobody-has-been-there-in-years wastelands created by the 1986 nuclear disaster for a spot of extreme tourism. Easy peasy. Except it may not be quite as deserted as they expect and the nuclear radiation may have something do with it. Dumb dumb duuuuum… It's The Descent set in Chernobyl with the quality dial turned down to 20%.

Why would you? Forget Chernobyl Diaries and revisit, or experience it if you missed the cinema release, the superior The Descent; it's far scarier, far better scripted, it's British and the Production Designer, my mate Simon Bowles, utterly rocks… For more reviews from The Squiss subscribe to my blog at www.thesquiss.co.uk


58 of 101 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Things You Learned From Watching Chernobyl Diaries Darth_Ferior
I went to Pripyat/Chernobyl in 2008 j-cusick
Which chick was the hottest? BigEasy1203
If you can't walk 13 miles in one day... LizzyCaplansLover
Unpopular Opinion: I liked this movie. TheHorrorBeast
They had the opportunity to leave, but didn't boblhead
Discuss Chernobyl Diaries (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?