Monday, September 9, 2013

New Snowy Horror Movie - The Dyatlov Pass Incident

In February 1959, nine Russian ski hikers trekked off in to the wilderness and died horribly in very strange circumstances. Now they've made a movie...

Here's the History Channel's take on the original incident 
Weird deaths? Unsure what caused it? Can't be bothered to figure it out? It must be aliens then.

I'm not familiar with the History Channel's standard output, but is it usually this bonkers? If I was watching something called the History Channel I'd probably be expecting to watch something a little more factual. You actually get a more historically accurate overview of the incident from Cracked.

That story inspired Renny Harlin, the director of Die Hard 2 & Cliffhanger (and the less successful and less mentioned Deep Blue Sea), to make this movie:

The new movie is not about the original incident, instead it's about a bunch of standard young American horror movie victims going to the scene of the original to do a bit of Scooby-Dooing. The original story sounds like it would have made excellent horror movie material to me, but what do I know, I've never directed a movie about super clever killer sharks before. Here's the trailer:

Renny Harlin's description on IMDB is: "Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood." He is also the only Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood.

The movie has a rating of 5.3 on IMDB, so I think the highlight of the movie is probably this very clever artwork on the Russian poster.. 

****Bonus Snowy Horror Movie****

A while back we produced an article about snowboard/ski horror movies and during that research I ran across Jack Frost. It didn't make the cut because there's no snowboarding or skiing involved, but is is so bonkers it's worth a mention, especially for what must be on of the worst monsters to ever appear in a horror movie and for the bizarre shower scene with Shannon Elizabeth. Here's the trailer...

What the fuck? Somehow there's an even worse tropical-based sequel.

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