Oren Peli is an expert at scaring the pants off audiences so you might want to tighten your belt on May 25, the scheduled release date for his latest creation, “Chernobyl Diaries.” He brought us the “Paranormal Activity” trilogy of films and the Amazon rain forest horror-thriller series “The River” currently airing on ABC. “Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story by Peli, but unlike his previous creations this not a found footage tale.
Official synopsis from the movie’s website:
“Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young tourists who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme tour” guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…
From the “Chernobyl Diaries” press release:
LOS ANGELES FEBRUARY 14, 2012—Alcon Entertainment has acquired North American and international release rights in Germany, Spain and Japan for the next horror thriller from Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The film will be released by Warner Bros. via Alcon’s output deal on Memorial Day weekend this year.
Produced by Peli and Brian Witten (“Dark City,” “Final Destination,” “Friday the 13th”) and directed by Brad Parker, “Chernobyl Diaries,” was fully financed and sold internationally by FilmNation Entertainment. Kosove and Johnson are Executive Producers.
An original story by Peli, “Chernobyl Diaries” is set in the city of Prypiat that once housed the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the horror-thriller follows a group of friends who, while vacationing in Europe, find themselves stranded in the abandoned city only to discover that they are not alone.