CATEGORIES Movie NewsThis weekend, "Chernobyl Diaries" hits theaters. The film tells the story of six tourists who hire a tour guide to take them to Prypiat, the now deserted town near the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (the community was abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986). There, the group discovers that disfigured humans and other creepy figures still haunt the premises.
"Diaries" is the latest in a long line of projects looking to capitalize on the semi-popular found-footage genre (no surprise that it was written and produced by "Paranormal Activity" mastermind Oren Peli). Unfortunately, not everyone finds the movie's plot to be entertaining.
"It is terrible that such a tragic event as Chernobyl is being sensationalized in a Hollywood horror film," a representative from Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. told TMZ. "Thousands of people have died and over 400,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Today over 5 million people still live on contaminated land. The horror is not mutants running around, the real horror is the effect that Chernobyl continues to have on the lives of millions who have been devastated physically, emotionally and economically."
The accident, which occurred on April 26, 1986, started when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced an extreme power surge, causing a series of explosions that sent radioactive material into the air.
[via TMZ b/w Movieline]