I absolutely loathe the franchise of “Paranormal Activity.” That needs to be said before I divulge into this review. Loud and random sounds that scare the viewers mixed with choppy and sloppy night vision, nothing more. Truthfully I had no idea that the recent “Chernobyl Diaries” was written and produced by Oren Peli, the same guy guilty of his “breakthrough” creation being the P.A. franchise.
I take pride in knowing little to nothing about a majority of the films that I watch and critique. If I can get away with simply knowing the name and genre before I view, that is exactly what I will happily do. Of course the name “Chernobyl Diaries’ got me. Hook, line and sinker. I have been pretty fascinated by the entire package that comes along with the name, Chernobyl, since the actual disaster that has been loosely and vaguely written in history books since it happened in 1986.
If I would have known the film was created by the same people from “Paranormal Activities” I would have never given it a chance, that’s how much I really boycott those ignorantly and brainwashing, faddish films. Low and behold, I saw the title in a local DVD shop in Suzhou, China and as usual the covers don’t always translate as 100% accurate in English, so no where did it expose the producer or writer’s credentials, thank goodness, so I bought it.
Within 20 minutes of watching “Chernobyl Diaries” I knew this was going to be filled with thrills and questions of what could be next. This film was awesome. Completely grasping my attention throughout the movie, it was by far the eeriest film I have seen in years. It was creepy and gut wrenching at times, most certainly and the best part of “Chernobyl Diaries” was that the storyline and plot came from an actual disaster from our fairly recent world history, not totally fabricated or relying on personal beliefs in spirits or mythical legends. This disaster actually happened and of course so much was covered up and hidden, true and real documents of disfiguration and deadly levels of radiation are proven facts, that in itself, my readers is the most terrifying to me.
“Chernobyl Diaries” is the epitome of what these reality based mockumentary horror films should be. Not since “The Blair Witch Project” have I felt as if this style of film had been executed correctly and never have I felt it was done to perfection, not until watching “Chernobyl Diaries.”
Do yourself a favor and stop being brainwashed into watching any of the “Paranormal Activity” films, in which they are scheduled to release at least five of these terrible movies. Instead support the creators side ventures, such as “Chernobyl Diaries” so that maybe they will be encouraged to release more of these reality based and terrifying thrill rides.