Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
I've been fascinated by ghost towns for a while now, so a film set in Prypiat, the ghost town left behind after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, seemed fascinating. Large, secluded areas and a number of deserted apartment blocks, surrounded by the wild nature about to reclaim the once bubbling town. And it all starts out well, as it often does in these kinds of horror movies: A group of young, adventurous and beautiful people go on a guided trip to Prypiat with a cowboy type guide who is sure to cause them problems. Not surprisingly, something happens, our heroes must spend the night in the deserted town, and the filmmakers - having created a fine premise - have a well of opportunities to create anything from an original horror classic to a scientifically oriented suspense film. Still they manage to screw everything up - by plundering the vault of cliches of course. Keywords: dull George Romero-ish creatures, chases, screams, stupid characters. How many uninventive horror movies do we have to endure before people stop watching them entirely?