Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Frightfirst 2013: The Dyatlov Pass Incident AKA Devil's Pass

In 1959 a group of hikers in Russia past through an area known as “The Mountain Of The Dead” but before long each and every one of them dead, their deaths remain a mystery. More disturbingly the circumstances in which they were found were truly horrific, tents slashed open from the outside, high levels of radiation detected on several of the bodies, barefoot footprints exiting the camp (all bodies had shoes on and the temperatures were minus 24 degrees) and one of the victims had their eyes gouged out, and her tongue removed. Shocking as this sounds, what is more disturbing is the fact that this part of the story is completely true. 

Moving forward to 2013, and a group of American students head for the same location in search of answers. The group of five soon find themselves in the same location, and as they move into their new surroundings they begin to discover the answers to those that crossed before them, but will they live to tell the tale.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a gripping and utterly compelling tale of horror, from the start at least. It gets you edging towards the front of your seat very early on, before centering on a moment of almost calmness before moving in for the kill. 

Somewhere along the way in Renny Harlin’s latest horror thriller loses it’s way, stumbles, falls and finally ends up in a incredibly large pile of excrement that it’s impossible to pull back from. The story takes turns down a ridiculous path that literally is only missing a dinosaur in terms of what it brings. It’s an absolute atrocity as to what happens with this movie after such high promise, after such horrific build up, to see a film fail so badly is truly heartbreaking.

The performers cannot be held accountable in any way for their performances, each one is incredible doing the best they can with what they are given, one can only criticize their choice of movie, did they see the whole script, or did they just need to pay the rent? It’s a strange mix of performers, many of whom are from the UK and include former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson putting on her best American accent.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident is not all bad, so much about the first half really works, and if they had worked harder to try not to explain the series of events, and kept the mystery, we’d be looking at the next blockbuster horror movie, which is a terrible tragedy. 

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