Conclusion: There's no care involved in the creation of "Chernobyl Diaries," which has been made solely to cash in on a horror craze. The picture is second-rate and ridiculous (especially the ending) and, worst of all, it's completely uneventful. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: How long should you wait before using a major disaster as fodder for a ridiculous horror movie? According to the makers of Chernobyl Diaries , the answer is about 25 years. This means the Challenger explosion is now fair game but it’s still too soon to make that Hurricane Katrina vampire movie some of you have probably been considering.
Conclusion: Despite a creepy atmosphere and setting, the potential to effectively utilize the ghost town of Prypiat, Ukraine is basically wasted in this lackluster effort from first-time Bradley Parker. From the imagination of 'Paranormal Activity' creator Oren Peli, the movie is an exercise of stock characters, clichés and the usual sudden shrieks that go bump in the dark, engulfing shadows. The Blu-ray arrives with excellent video and a strong audio presentation.
Conclusion: Chernobyl Diaries squeaks by and gets a 3-star. The above average video and excellent lossless track give it an edge, because it is dropped back on its head, with the lack of any extras worthy of a Blu-ray release. Chernobyl Diaries will appeal to horror fiends who are in the mood to watch anything horror related, good or bad. Personally, I thought it was weak and could have been 30 minutes longer – as it stands, it was a quick waste of time on my part to get through.
Summary: There's nothing interesting, creative, innovative, exciting, suspenseful, or scary about it. We just sit there and wait for it to be over, and when it is over, we wonder why we watched it in the first place.
Excerpt: I remember seeing the previews for Chernobyl Diaries a few months back. I thought to myself “now that’s a rather interesting locale…” and after seeing the movie, it was. Amongst the myriad of horror movies, there aren’t a lot of totally unique ideas out there right now and, sadly, this film isn’t one of them. But it also got me thinking about the Chernobyl disaster that happened back in 1986.
Excerpt: The main goal of the horror genre might be to frighten, but the majority of scary moves are won and lost in the first twenty minutes. Without an effective lead-in, it really doesn’t matter what might appear later. Fear is relative. If viewers don’t give a shit about the men and women being terrorized, the things that go bump in the night never seem to bump very hard. Scary movies die a slow death when they merely turn audience members into casual observers.