Thursday, March 1, 2018

In Russia the mountain isn't the only thing to fear

The Devil's Pass (2013)

Dir- Renny Harlin
One of the great mysteries of the 20th Century occurred in 1959 when a group of Russian college students was found dead on a mysterious mountain in the Urals, the event was called the Dyatlov Pass Incident, and to this day experts disagree over what happened to them on that disastrous outing. In this found footage movie five students from the United States decide to recreate the expedition and seek out answers only to face a similar tragedy. Russian authorities suppressed the recovered footage, but hackers have released the videos, and it is these videotapes that make up much of the film. Similar in format to the Blair Witch Project, The Devil's Pass does not stray too far from the formula that has made found footage one of the most often employed formats. Unlike Blair Witch, The Devils Pass uses an actual event and avoids nausea-inducing shaky footage. The conclusion is more sci-fi than horror but does work for the film despite being rather ridiculous. Director Renny Harlin has made some big budget movies, so this movie does not have the usual amateur touches that are staples of found footage such as excessively shaky camera work. Overall this is a surprisingly entertaining movie that will make you laugh a bit even if it was not supposed to. If you want to learn more about the events of The Dyatlov Pass you can search through the dozens of conspiracy laced videos online but why not just enjoy this bit of sci-fi terror.

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