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The Dyatlov Pass Incident 2013

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Renny Harlin directs this found footage thriller following a group of students who set out to investigate the mysterious deaths of nine Russian students in 1959. The death of the students, who were on a ski expedition in the Russian mountains, was subsequently labelled 'The Dyatlov Pass Incident' and has provided fodder for conspiracy theorists due to the lack of a full explanation for the cause of the fatalities. A group of curious US students decide to retrace the footsteps of those killed in the 1959 expedition and bring cameras to film the trip. However, if they're not careful the cameras may capture some modern day mishaps too...

Starring:
Matt Stokoe, Gemma Atkinson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Matt Stokoe, Gemma Atkinson, Richard Reid
Director Renny Harlin
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio Starz
Rental release 23 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Matt Stokoe, Gemma Atkinson, Richard Reid
Director Renny Harlin
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio Starz
Rental release 26 August 2013
Main languages English

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Most found footage movies made by well known directors tend to be mediocre at best due to the director failing to understand how to make a found footage movie. However, The Dyatlov Pass Incident kicks the trend by having the director of Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, Renny Harlin, make a movie not only with a interesting and well carried out premise, but understands the rules of found footage and film-making enough to not be bland. While this movie is nothing like the low key, realistic efforts like "The Blair Witch" and its many imitations; the visuals are extremely high budget and unexpected for a movie of its genre. This is a FF movie more people can enjoy than just its already garnered target audience. This movie offers plenty of chills, thrills and action to be an overall satisfying SCI-FI Horror that resembles it's rarer high profile others such as "Cloverfield" and "Grave Encounters", while not necessarily eliminating any further audience demographics. I recommend this to those who enjoy sci fi, horror, and found footage movies. The only way you'd hate this movie is if the plot does not intrigue you, or you are offended by the movie taking it's own spin on a real life event. However, the movie does not disrespect those involved, just offers a theory in a form of entertainment.
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Format: DVD
Good movie - I picked it up only because I liked Cliffhanger so figured as Renny Harlin was directing this would be at least half decent. I'm not a huge found footage fan but I can watch them as long as the found footage aspect doesn't feel like a gimmick. I liked the fact that this followed a group making a documentary so it mostly used a decent camera and decent cinematography rather than grainy hand held. The acting is believable and the Russian locations are well used. The film switches gear in the last third but I thought that worked well, although the CGI was a little on the rough side. All in all, good movie, would watch again.
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By D. Krol TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
**This review is for the film only**

Ok so this film takes the whole unsolved mystery of the Dyatlov pass incident and gives it a fictional spin on what really happened over 60 years ago.

It's about a small film crew who head into Russia, to try to retrace the steps that the Dyatlov party took, some 60+ years earlier. They want to attempt to shed some new light on what actually happened. Of course when they arrive at Dyatlov pass, things don't go to plan, as a whole host of weird and deadly occurrences begin to happen. The documentary crew disappear and only their footage is found and this is what forms the basis of the film

This is pretty much another found footage horror film but before you run for the hills, it is unusually different from a lot of the poor found footage movies doing the rounds these days. If you don't know anything about the Dyatlov pass incident, then I suggest you look it up on Wikipedia as it makes for an intriguing read.

The film starts off pretty much as you'd expect from a FF film (lots of introductions, jokey, yet uninteresting dialogue and plays out like the usual fare). But just when I was about to give up, the film took a completely unexpected turn.

To say the events of the last 40 minutes are weird, would be an understatement but boy are they worth it. The film takes elements of mystery and horror and executes them both very well. The effects and production values are way above the usual FF movies of today and the camera work (for the most part) stays steady and doesn't make you feel seasick. Kudos to Renny Harlin, for choosing to take this route instead of shaking the camera all over the place for 90 minutes.

The ending has a really good twist and caught me completely by surprise.
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Format: DVD
The real Dyatlov Pass incident is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the last century. Ten experienced hikers go on a trek through the Ural mountains and after one member goes home early due to ill health, every other hiker is found dead in the snow days later. No signs of struggle, some bodies half naked, some with their skulls bashed in, some showing signs of radiation. Nobody has ever been able to determine what happened. I've been fascinated by the story for years and when I found out that this film existed, it was a given that I had to watch. So, does it live up to its namesake?

Well, it's a straight-to-DVD film so if you go in expecting big things you're going to be disappointed. The film is told documentary style through the always marmite "Found Footage" perspective so you know what to expect right? Shaky camera work, shots of the floor as people run away from something you never quite see, and LOTS of screaming. Only, The Dyatlov Pass Incident is rather refreshing in that it doesn't do any of those things too much. It does a good job of slowly building up the story and raising the uneasy tension of our intrepid gang of documentary makers as they retrace the original Dyatlov group's footsteps. The characters are all fairly plucky, likeable student types and for the most part, the usual "What was that?" tropes are avoided in favour of story exposure and allows the viewer to make up their own minds about the incident.

As these things go, the gang's trek goes wrong and the rest of the film unfortunately ends up being just another Rec/Blair Witch/Grave Encounters clone thanks to an abrupt change of scenery and shoehorning a load of other unrelated conspiracies into the finale.
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