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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but only just
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different
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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...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but only just, 30 Aug 2013
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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. Everything goes a bit too sci-fi; not necessarily bad in itself, but the tone of the ending doesn't match the otherwise solid build up and spooky frozen wasteland setting. There is some ropey CGI in there too and again, it all feels out of place. Thankfully the twist at the end is quite clever and you won't feel too cheated once you piece it all together.

But all in all, you could do a lot worse than wasting 90 minutes on The Dyatlov Pass Incident. It's a film that simultaneously breaks free from some of the found footage clichés while being completely guilty of falling into the others. It's actually interesting enough as a documentary about the real incident (albeit fictionalised) and it's a shame the last third of the film goes so off the rails. It's definitely worth a rent though or buy it if it's around the £5 mark but otherwise you might feel a little cheated. But as far as B-movie found footage films go, it's one of the better ones. But honestly, the true story is far spookier than the film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THERE IS NO TRUTH, 13 Sep 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 24 Aug 2013
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Different, 4 July 2013
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D. Krol "deano76" (bradford) - See all my reviews
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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.

The acting is passable at best but the characters are pretty unlikeable if I'm honest. The whole idea of the film crew all being young, beautiful and single, just wound me up but luckily, the whole done to death "lets pair everyone off with each other" idea, didn't last too long, before everything went pear shaped. And boy does it go pear shaped.

All in all it's a decent and very well made, found footage horror flick, it utilises the incident perfectly and uses lots of real information and genuine photographs of the actual Dyatlov pass victims/case. It puts an interesting sci-fi/horror and somewhat freaky spin on the events that took place. While it isn't gory or terrifying, it's still quite edgy and un-nerving and the last 40 minutes are a real treat for horror fans but it loses points for the cliché ridden and done to death opening 50 minutes.

Definitely worth a watch. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, there is such thing as a fate worse than death - if you are not convinced, come visit Dyatlov Pass and see by yourself..., 3 Nov 2014
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Darth Maciek "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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I was very agreeably surprised by this little known 2013 UK-Russian "found-footage" horror movie. Five stars may be a little bit too generous a rating, but, for reasons described further, I simply had not other option. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

1. The true 1959 tragedy

This film is a kind of investigation/continuation of a very real tragedy. In the night of 2 February 1959, in Soviet Union, nine young people (seven men and two women) died when hiking in Ural mountains. The tragedy occurred on a pass near mountain Kholat Syakl. The mountain is situated in the autonomous Khanty-Mansia region of Russia, where live Khanty and Mansi nations (two of the many national minorities of Russia). The name Kholat Syakl means in Mansi language "Death Mountain", as this is a place renowned since always for very difficult conditions in winter (very low temperature, very strong winds, powerful snow storms, very frequent avalanches). Because of the name of leader of the expedition, Igor Dyatlov, the pass was ever since known as Dyatlov Pass.

The bodies were found at some distance of abandoned camp in which tents were badly damaged. Investigators determined that some of the hikers died from hypothermia but three had also critical injuries. Some of them were also partially undressed and two were found near the rests of a campfire. All of this was not unusual and in fact pointed towards an avalanche as main cause of disaster - but for some reasons, this tragedy gave birth to dozens of legends in which new "facts" were added to such a point that today it is virtually impossible to see clear in all the information fog. It was especially pretended that some bodies were irradiated, that all had a "strange colour", that there were "strange lights" seen on the pass the night of incident, etc. It actually became a kind of Soviet equivalent of "Flight 19 Mystery" - and even today hundreds of Russian conspiracy theory amateurs spend a lot of their time trying to "find the truth" about this tragedy...

2. The film.

In this film three American students obtain a grant to go to Russia and make a documentary about the 1959 Dyatlov Pass incident. The leader of the project is Holly King, an ambitious and clever girl. She is assisted by Jensen Day, co-director, a nerdy conspiracy theory afficionado and by her friend Denise Evers, the sound engineer on the project. In order to survive in the mountains they also recruit two of their fellow students, very experienced and quite athletic climbers, Andy Thatcher and J.P. Hauser. They go to Russia, arrive by train to Khanty Mansia and then the film begins...

Made with a little budget and with completely unknown actors, this film bears a strong resemblance to "Blair Witch Project", but unlike this latter film, here there is a real ending in which quite a lot is revealed - even if NOT ALL the mystery is lifted...

The main reason why I had no other choice than give to this film five stars is that the main objective of a horror film is to be scary - and this thing, for the first time in years, managed to SCARE THE PANTS OUT OF ME! I was myself surprised when somewhere around 65 minutes in the flm I actually had to pause for a moment - because the atmosphere of terror AND mystery became simply oppressive...

Also, at one moment I actually started to care about what happens to those five very average people, because this film somehow makes us connect with them. Even if some of their decisions are questionnable, they mostly act as sapient human beings - and very, very rare occasional moments of panic or even hysteria can be actually understood, considering the very special circumstances.

The scenario is actually quite good and it is advised to watch this film carefully because deceptively innocent things are said and done in the beginning which will have enormous importance much later.

Images of the moountain are very impressive and the vision of the mystery hidden in the mountains is much, much better. Actually, in this film we are taken to an extremely creepy place - one of the creepiest and most horrible I saw in a long time on the screen...

There are of course some plot holes, but not so many and the biggest of them gives us actually one of the best (and scariest) scenes in the film - so I simply cannot reduce my rating because of them.

The ending is particularly strong and surprising. I advise you strongly to NOT research this film further if you want to watch it - you will enjoy it more without spoilers...

This 2013 film can be actually viewed as part of an unformal cycle on the subject "young Americans go to Russia and then something bad happens"...))) The first part in this cycle would be "Darkest hour" from 2011, a film horribly bad and which bears actually NO resemblance at all to this one. The second one could be the "Chernobyl Diaries" from 2012 and in fact some aspects in this film are similar to "Dyatlov Pass incident", especially towards the end... "Chernobyl diaries" was actually a rather decent little horror but this film is definitely much better. If the trend continues, maybe in 2014 or 2015 we will have finally a real "Americans in Russia" master piece of horror...)))

Now, concerning Reny Harlin, the man is certainly known for some very bad films, like "Die Hard 2" (God, what a letdown was that thing) and for one of the biggest flops ever in Hollywood ("Cuthroat Island") and lately he was making mostly turkeys flying under the radar ("Cleaner", "12 rounds"). But he also made "Cliffhanger" and "Deep Blue Sea" which are both VERY GOOD films and also "Driven", which, even if it is hated by many, I always kind of liked... And by this film, for me at least Renny Harlin atoned for many of his previous grievous sins (like "Exorcist: the beginning")...

Bottom line, this is a surprisingly good little horror, which is genuinely SCARY, CREEPY and definitely NOT STUPID at all... I liked it and I will keep the DVD for another viewing in the future. ENJOY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good, 26 May 2014
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Mr. J. Puckey "StreetZips" (Cornwall, England) - See all my reviews
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I'm glad I gave this film a go. It' kinda low budget but turned out really good.
It also keeps you guessing all the way through. Watch it with the lights off and go along for the ride!

I don't believe in spoilers so I recently stopped watching the trailers now for all movies.
If you go in not knowing what was going to happen the film is ten times more interesting - try it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, but..., 22 Sep 2013
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This is entertaining enough, for what it is. The 'but' is that there are such huge holes in the plot, and so many things happen along the way that aren't explained by the 'explanation', that you might end up feeling a bit disappointed and frustrated. All in all, the whole thing seemed a bit half-baked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD FOR A FOUND FOOTAGE MOVIE, 27 Aug 2013
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Based on a strange true story and definitely worth a watch
The picture is good and the sound is very good, make sure you put in 5.1 in the menu
Liked the ending so you could do a lot worse, now for the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Found Footage Just Got A Bigger Budget, 20 Aug 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and well made, 6 Aug 2013
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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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