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Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

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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.


Bradley Parker (as Brad Parker)


Oren Peli (screenplay), Carey Van Dyke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Zoe
Dimitri Diatchenko ... Uri
Olivia Taylor Dudley ... Natalie
Devin Kelley ... Amanda
Jesse McCartney ... Chris
Nathan Phillips ... Michael
Jonathan Sadowski ... Paul
Milos Timotijevic ... Russian Check Point Guard
Milutin Milosevic ... Ukrainian Thug
Ivan Djordjevic Ivan Djordjevic ... Ukrainian Thug
Ivan Jovic Ivan Jovic ... Ukrainian Thug
Zinaida Dedakin Zinaida Dedakin ... Restaurant Owner
Ivana Milutinovic Ivana Milutinovic ... Little Girl
Alex Feldman ... Medic Goldshimdt
Kristof Konrad ... Medic Grotzky


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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This film is the result of a collaboration between Oren Peli and Shane Van Dyke. Peli worked on Paranormal Activity (2007) while Van Dyke worked on the knockoff film Paranormal Entity (2009), released to capitalize on the success of the franchise. See more »


The group cancels a trip to Moscow in order to go to Pripyat, and treat the change casually, as if Moscow were also just a day trip. But Moscow is a 10 hour drive from Kiev, and they would certainly either fly or take a train there. If so they would have tickets purchased in advance; and also given the distance, they likely booked a hotel for one or more nights. This change of plan could majorly throw off the rest of the trip, and cause cancellations of non-refundable bookings, which no one even considers when deciding on Pripyat. In addition, Americans require visas to visit Russia, which must be applied for in advance. Of course the group may still have Russia on their itinerary and therefore wouldn't waste a costly visa, but changing their travel plans and entering on a different date and potentially in a different city may compromise those visas. See more »


Chris: I swear to God, Paul, it's a fucking hazard having you as a brother.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Plutonium Baby (2013) See more »


Performed by Vika
Written by Vika Vasilevich
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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User Reviews

Not ghost flick....A complete thriller one....Got lots of scenes that makes you sit on the edge of your seat...
6 October 2012 | by j-vijay92See all my reviews

Many think this movie is similar to Paranormal activity and get a wrong idea that this movie will be a ghost flick and stuff.But Chernobyl Diaries is completely different from other horror movies.If you expect "biting your nails" scene,then this movie has got a lot of it.The director Bradley Parker has taken the movie so good that it doesn't makes us move from our seats.I have clearly said that if you expect a movie with great thrill scenes, then this movie is full of it.But what you expect at the end when you watch this movie will not be satisfied because the movie turns out to be conspiracy one.But i wont say its bad ending, its good but i expected a lot when i watched the beginning parts.So, if you want a movie to frighten you without any ghost and stuff,then this has got it.

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English | Ukrainian | Russian

Release Date:

25 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,955,307, 27 May 2012

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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