Radioactive Ghosts

Chernobyl Diaries

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine suffered an ultimate FAIL, blowing up and spreading death all over the city of Prypiat and surrounding towns like freshness expired peanut butter. Needless to say, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history with enduring and severe ramifications. Now, all these years later, someone has made a horror movie about it, with fashion model young tourists who go there for kicks and discover something paranormal is inhabiting the abandoned and still radiation-hot ruins. Way to mock the 4,000 people who died and were catastrophically affected by the meltdown.

Arriving May 25th, 2012 is the Chernobyl Diaries, which was penned by Oren Peli, the guy who hit the lottery with Paranormal Activities and subsequent sequel cash infusions that, ironically, could help the Soviet Union pay off the 18 billion rubles the disaster cost. So these tourists, looking to do some “extreme vacationing,” go off the beaten path with a hired Russian guide into the deserted city of Prypiat. Not long after extreming, they go to leave and discover something’s not about to let them or their hair product leave.

Chernobyl Diaries

Straight up, Chernobyl Diaries’ trailer is weak. Just a bunch of smug tourists screaming and running away from whatever still lives in the dead city. But given the radioactive nature of radiation, that “something” could be anything from ghosts that glow in the dark, feral animals turned into blood-seeking mutations, homeless people that can fry you with beams shooting out of their face… In a perfect world, this would be all of the above. But given how bloodless Paranormal Activity was/is, doubtful.

Horror movies made using real world disasters seems insensitive and distasteful, kind of like living next door to me. But I’ll probably go see Chernobyl Diaries to see the glow-in-the-dark-ghosts. If you live next door to me, you can come along. You gotta pay for your own radioactive popcorn toppings, though. This ain’t a charity.

2 Responses to “Radioactive Ghosts”

  1. jamesaach Says:

    If you would like a less-distastful, but still drive-in worthy look at the Chernobyl mess, see my novel “Rad Decision”. It is free online at with the Chernobyl part tagged on the homepage.

    I am an engineer at US nuclear plants – this technothriller looks at daily nuclear life in good times and bad. Readers seem to like it, per the homepage reviews.

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