‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Trailer: Nuclear Horror Story

Published 3 years ago by

Chernobyl Diaries Trailer Chernobyl Diaries Trailer: Nuclear Horror Story

Oren Peli continues to fill out his ever-growing horror filmography with Chernobyl Diaries, a film about a group of explorers who encounter some horrific things when they go searching around a town close to the titular nuclear disaster area. Today, we have a first trailer for the film to share.

Peli first came onto the scene with Paranormal Activity as the writer, producer and director. With a Paranormal Activity 4 coming out later this year, that franchise has now taken over the Halloween horror mantle from the Saw movies. Peli was also a producer in the box office success of last year’s Insidious, which came out nearly a year from when Chernobyl Diaries hits theaters.

Of late, Peli has been writer/producer on ABC’s lackluster found-footage TV series The River and is he holds those same credits with Chernobyl Diaries. Director duties go to first-timer Brad Parker, who started in visual effects and has worked on movies such as Fight Club and Let Me In – the latter of which he was also Second Unit Director on. The cast is also a group of relative unknowns, with the biggest draw being voice actor Jesse McCartney (Robin on Young Justice).

Check out the Chernobyl Diaries followed by a brief synopsis of the movie:

“Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young tourists who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme tour” guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…

Even though this is not a found-footage movie, you can see many of those same elements and camera tricks being used here. The location does seem to be a great one and rife with possibilities for a good scare or two. Other than that, there doesn’t seem to be anything new going on in this trailer, as most of the set ups going on here look pretty familiar – almost as if The Hills Have Eyes had been dropped into Eastern Europe. It’s still too early to tell if this film will simply be a series of ‘gotcha shots,’ but here’s hoping there may be some new surprises.

Chernobyl Diaries opens May 25th, 2012.

Source: Warner Bros.

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Wow! a 3rd sequel to the hills have eyes!

  2. the 1st 3 seconds of the trailer had me going “please not another found footage film!”, glad to see it’s not. looks promising i guess, but i don’t think it looks like hills have eyes imo.

  3. I’ll watch it — I watched the trailer before readign any of the article or pasts, and had the exact same reaction: The Hills Have Eyes in Russia.

    • you and me both buddy 😛
      just hope that it doesn’t turn out to be ghosts etc and has actual mutants or messed up looking people and gore it has to have gore to be classed as a proper horror movie 😀

    • I agree. I’m a sucker for that kind of movie; although, to be precise, it’s Ukraine, not Russia.


  5. This concept could have been really really horrific if he had borrowed from some of the actual footage of Chernobyl. The mutated children, the people dying of radiation poisoning. Children being born with 4 arms instead of legs… it’s pretty horrific if you simply look at the history. Put a small bit of Russian folklore twist on it and he COULD HAVE had a great concept.

    • You do know Chernobyl is in Ukraine… I agree some great Ukrainian folklore would have been great. Obviously, the director doesn’t know any and didn’t bother to find out about the accident and the kind of deformities it caused. something based on some reality and ukrainian folklore could have been great. Oh well, maybe someone really good will come along who’s more educated about the world and do a really great film about chernobyl.

  6. This looks like everything The Cabin in The Woods is making fun of…not a good sign.

  7. Nice to see the energy industry doesn’t own the movies.

  8. it doesnt look the greatest, it doesnt look the worst, but it looks alot better than Paranormal Actvity series.

    • yago. I apologize for being so insensitive about chernobyl. You’re right if someone made a movie like that about 9/11 Americans would riot. Unfortunately, Americans don’t consider Ukrainian human with feelings.

    • HELLO! We already did make an American horror that involved the nuclear bombing test sites in New Mexico. We made two of them actually, The Hills Have Eyes! and many more in decades before. And just so you know a scary movie about 9/11 couldn’t work because it was as plain as black and white. Airplanes hit the twin towers by terrorist. Nothing involving nuclear deformities, people died being crushed burned dust in the lungs fell off the building. nothing can be made horrific about that unless it was about the people themselves but people wouldnt watch that.

  9. Hostel meets Silkworm? I mean, it’d have to have one helluva twist to not end up in the dustbin of Hollywood-horror been-there, done-that.

    Anticipation level is low.

  10. this is absolutely tasteless and disrespectful. they are making money of off people’s tragedy. kids are still (!) being born with extreme deformities because of the radiation fallout after chernobyl. all of the skyrocketing cancer rates, all of those who died – all mean nothing apparently. instead, this movie equates these victims to monsters and zombies and makes a mockery of a tragedy.
    it’s not right. plain and simple.

    • prianik. You are right…it’s not right but, since when has hollywood ever cared about anything except making money?

  11. Jeeeeeez get over it people it’s just a MOVIE!!!! they made other movies that use tragedies as part of the storyline too, pearl harbor, titanic etc. etc. etc. the list goes on… this move looks alright. I personally would rather it be ghosts or something. I am way over the whole mutants who kill stupid, physically attractive people for an hour and a half thing..

  12. I saw this trailer yesterday and I was floored. It’s beyond tasteless. If someone made this about 9/11 people would be horrified. Everyone associated with this movie should be ashamed.

  13. LOOKS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!