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Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  25 May 2012 (USA)
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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.

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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

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Horror | Thriller

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

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25 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror en Chernobyl  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$18,112,929 (USA) (13 July 2012)
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The film was shot on location in Hungary and Serbia. See more »

Goofs

(at around 13 mins) When everyone is in the van, Michael has his stocking hat on, then off, then on again in just a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Have you heard of extreme tourism?
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What scares you?
26 May 2012 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I think that's a key question you have to ask yourself. If you need to see visceral, bloody horror and horrific make-up and cgi directly in your face in order to be scared, then CHERNOBYL DIARIES is not for you.

This is a horror movie that is more for the "What you don't see is even scarier then what you do see" crowd.

I felt like this was a very well-shot, tense thriller. The atmosphere of the film quite effectively isolated and creepy.

The ending is a bit on the weak side, but it doesn't trump the journey to get there.

This is a great little flick to watch in a darkened theatre with a bag of buttered popcorn.


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