Monday, March 19, 2012

New Trailer Of The Week : Chernobyl Diaries

It's Monday, which means it's once again time to put the spotlight on my favorite new trailer released last week. This week, that spotlight shines brightly on Oren Peli, the creator of Paranormal Activity, who next fuses fact with fiction and takes us on a journey into the radioactive wasteland known as Chernobyl.

Enjoy the first look at Chernobyl Diaries and then we'll chat about it afterwards!

What is it about this one that has me excited? As the old saying goes, it's all about location, location, location. And the setting of this one alone is gonna get my ass into the theater on opening night.

I've long been fascinated by the town of Prypiat, which is where Chernobyl Diaries takes place. Prypiat is a real ghost town in the Ukraine, near the Chernobyl Power Plant, which was completely abandoned after the 1986 radioactive meltdown. It's oftentimes featured on "Creepiest Places On Earth" lists around the web, and for good reason. Just like you see in the trailer, the town still stands as it once was, only with a whole lot of decay and not a human being in sight. Creepy? I sure as fuck think so.


Is it just me or is this a brilliant idea for a horror flick? Sure, a bunch of American dolts going on a tragic vacation to a foreign land is nothing new (by any means). And Wes Craven tapped into the whole radioactive fallout horror thing way back in the 70's. But the idea of a group of friends heading off to the site of the real life Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and encountering something fucked up and evil there, sounds pretty damn awesome if ya ask me. I've gotta commend Peli for dreaming up the idea of setting a horror movie in this location. It just seems so right and I'm kinda surprised that nobody ever thought of it before.

Now obviously the big thing here is that we have no idea what, or who, is terrorizing these kids. Are they Hills Have Eyes style mutants that stayed behind when everyone else fled? Vengeful ghosts of power plant workers? The trailer really offers no clues and I for one hope we're kept totally in the dark about that until we sit down in the theater to watch the movie. Of course, this being the age of the internet, the chances of that happening are slimmer than Angelina Jolie's wrists, but this totally looks to be one of those movies that you should go into knowing little to nothing about. I'll do my best to do just that.

Though the film will be directed by first timer Bradley Parker, who has previously done visual effects for films like Fight Club & Let Me In (the latter of which he served as 2nd unit director on), the story is from the mind of Oren Peli, who I've got a whole lot of faith in. Though I gave up on The River after only a couple episodes, I am a huge fan of what he did with Paranormal Activity and I for now remain excited for any film his name is attached to. So there's another check in the right box for this one.

Will this be another win for Peli or merely another bad horror flick set in a great location? We'll have to wait until May 25th to find out, once the Chernobyl Diaries are opened up for our viewing pleasure. I'll see ya at the theater!

And hey, even if you're not excited about this one like I am, at least you can appreciate the fact that it tosses Jesse McCartney into a radioactive wasteland. We've all been craving that, have we not?!

Quick thoughts on some other trailers released last week ...

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (Trailer #2) - Much like the first trailer we saw a couple weeks back, this looks absolutely epic. Johnny Cash + Lincoln slaying vamps with his trusty axe = <3. Now if we can only insert Honest Abe into the next Twilight flick.

DARK SHADOWS - Want to know a secret? I am not familiar with the Dark Shadows TV show. At all. I've known of its existence for many years, and I've caught a few minutes here and there back in the day when my brother used to watch it, but I've honestly never seen a single episode. So you won't find me bitching at Burton for deviating from everything that show was about. That said, this really doesn't look all that appealing to me. Kinda bored with the whole Burton/white faced Depp whimsical collaboration thing, so I'll probably skip this one. Oh and for those who are so angry over the fact that Tim Burton turned Dark Shadows into a Tim Burton movie ... ummm, duh?

THE DEVIL'S CARNIVAL - Hmmm, no. I love Darren Bousman, and most of his films, but I just cannot get into musicals. At all. I tried with Repo : The Genetic Opera. I wanted to love it. But I could barely stand to watch it. Seeing as how I know I'm gonna feel the same way about this one, I'm likely gonna stay away. For good. Musicals just aint for me. I'll stick to shit like Mother's Day instead, thank you very much. Speaking of which, Bousman's ass kicking Mother's Day remake finally hits stateside home video on May 8th!

PROMETHEUS (Trailer #2) - Do I even need to say anything? The geek world experienced a collective tightening of the pants the day this first extended look at Ridley Scott's pseudo Alien prequel was released last week, and I was certainly not left out of the pants tightening party. The way I see it, there's simply no way that this will be anything short of amazing. BO to the NER.


Sarah Queen said...

I had just heard about Chernobyl diaries earlier today, so I was pumped to see this post. I think it's a great idea, and I hope it packs a punch. It really should, because it has such an amazing backdrop that already gives people the creeps. I'm also pumped for Prometheus (like everyone else on earth). I think it looks like a lot of fun and really bad ass. You already know how I feel about Dark Shadows, lol, so I will not digress. I had never heard of the devil's carnival but I either love musicals or hate them so i'm sure it'll go one way or the other for me. Thanks for this post, it was very informative!

Sean said...

I agree, Chernobyl Diaries is a great concept, it's just too bad the trailer is so lackluster. Hoping the movie offers something more.

I feel the exact same way about Dark Shadows. The Prometheus theatrical trailer was the first one that actually convinced me to see it. Kudos to them.