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, Richard Reid
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CitizenWolfie on 30 Aug 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Holly (Holly Goss) leads a group of five students into the Mountain of the Dead to investigate the unexplained deaths of nine hikers...back in 1959. Their party goes missing and the bulk of the film is "found footage" hacked off the Internet.

The group loosely mirrors the Scooby-Doo gang. The plot reminded me of "Yellow Brick Road" while the basic flow of the film was similar to "Frankenstein Theory." The film keeps you engaged by dropping hints and clues along the way as our group wildly speculate as to what happened. 40 minutes into the film they arrive at the camping spot with an hour of film left. Like "Yellow Brick Road" their electronic devices act up. Unlike "Yellow Brick Road" you actually get to know what happens as all the clues neatly come together in the end.

I found the film well done for the "Found Footage" genre. The storyline combined multiple films and ideas to give us a something on the unique side. Worth viewing, especially for fans of "found footage: films. Oh yes, at the camp site they also have toast on a stick for you old Bud Melman fans.

Parental Guide: I recall one quick F-bomb. Near sex scene. No nudity. Sex talk.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rob C on 24 Aug 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've grown a little weary of found footage films, but I'm still a sucker for them. The only reason I took a chance on The Dyatlov Pass Incident is because the historical event has fascinated me for years.

I think therefore I was doubly tough to convince of the film's merits.

I'm pleased to say that final result is a reasonably engaging 90 minutes. For starters I find the characters in this genre of film tiresome in the extreme. Too often they are typically American, young, brattish, arrogant, wealthy and thoroughly dislikable from the get go. Not to mention stupid when the going gets tough. Basically they get more objectionable as the movie goes on until you rather hope they meet a sticky end. That didn't happen here. The protagonists were mostly "reasonable" college students with aspiration, a sense of fun and a thirst for adventure and knowledge. And although we didn't get to know and truly care about any of them that deeply, I didn't end up hating them either.

The background to the original event was well told and a new mythos and twists were competently overlaid in a believable (sci-fi/horror) fashion, tying in other paranormal lore neatly, so it scores well there too.

Likewise the ending -- all to often the final disappointment in too many horror movies -- was well realised.

I've got some reservations about the quality of CGI, but ... I'm willing to let that slide. It's not so much bad effects as, to my mind, not quite "right" effects. I don't want to risk spoiling anything by revealing more.

My only minor complaints are that some of the event were dropped in entirely as plot devices to create tension, and a little too much character dialogue was contrived exposition to enlighten the viewer and move the story forward.

In conclusion: Amazon charged me £8 for this film and I'd say it was well worth the ride.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful 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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