Chernobyl Diaries trailer hides terror
When I see the tag line "story from Oren Peli" I'm not as excited as most, Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review) was not a great film, it was filled with the stock scares, characters making completely against type and human decisions and plenty of missed potential. However let's put this in context, Peli came up with the story and the film was directed by Bradley Parker and written by Shane Van Dyke.
Add to that the fact that this doesn't look like it's all in first person and we might have a good horror film. Of course the idea of going to Chernobyl on an extreme holiday is completely insane, but still.
Here's the blurb for the story of Chernobyl Diaries to give you an idea of what to expect from the film:
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...
Now, more importantly, here's the trailer for Chernobyl Diaries through TrailerAddict so you can make up your own mind about the film without caring who came up with the original story idea.
What do you think? There are some promising moments in there but I can't help but feel that the trailer is just showing us moments we've seen in every horror film with the new element the fact that it's taking place near Chernobyl. What's the factor that's going to get us hooked into this film and why isn't it in the trailer? Is it really just the location?