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Trailer for Oren Peli's 'Chernobyl Diaries' Lands, Spews Nuclear Horror; Inspired by Elena's Wild Ride?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2012 at 5:06PM

Check out the trailer for the "Chernobyl Diaries" below. The film, from an original story by Oren Peli ("Paranormal Activity") and director Bradley Parker, follows a group of six tourists who hire an "extreme tour" guide to take them to Pripyat, the city where workers at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor once lived...
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Chernobyl Diaries

Check out the trailer for the "Chernobyl Diaries" below. The film, from an original story by Oren Peli ("Paranormal Activity") and director Bradley Parker, follows a group of six tourists who hire an "extreme tour" guide to take them to Pripyat, the city where workers at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor once lived. The group explores the ghost town, which has been abandoned since the nuclear disaster twenty-five years ago, or so they thought...

Back in 2004, an eerie photo account by dark-haired "Elena" of her motorcycle ride through the radioactive wasteland ignited the internet. Updated later, the account may have been fictional or staged by Lena Filatova of Kiev; a tour group insisted that the woman attended an official closed car tour some weeks after her posting. Why was it so popular? "It's a post-apocalyptic adventure story," responded sci-fi author Bruce Sterling via email. "Very 'Mad Max.'" Well, Peli and Parker are moving on from there.

Warner Bros. releases the film May 25.

This article is related to: Trailers, Video, Video, Genres, Thriller, Horror


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.