A ghost town nightmare; CHERNOBYL DIARIES (15, 88 mins).
The once thriving community was home to the plant's workers and their families, and was evacuated overnight as part of the 30km radioactive exclusion zone.
Houses, factories, shops Horror/Thriller/Romance. Jonathan Sadowski, Jesse McCartney, Devin Kelley, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko. Director: Bradley Parker.
Contains swearing and violence and schools remain uninhabited to this day - a ghostly relic of the worst nuclear disaster in history. Screenwriter Oren Peli, creator of the original Paranormal Activity, draws inspiration from Pripyat's demise for this thriller about a group of 20-something tourists who regret their decision to venture off the beaten track.
Most of the seven-strong cast are marked for death from the opening frames, and the script clearly telegraphs the order of their demise.
Every time a character wanders off alone or drags their heels, they are severely punished. Truly, there is safety in numbers.
Chris (Jesse McCartney), his girlfriend Natalie (Olivia Taylor Dudley) and their photographer friend Amanda (Devin Kelley) travel around Europe, heading for Kiev where they plan to meet up with Chris's older brother Paul (Jonathan Sadowski) before heading to Moscow.
Paul derails the carefully laid plans by suggesting a detour to Pripyat in the company of enigmatic tour guide Uri (Dimitri Diatchenko).
The four friends cram into the back of Uri's old military van, along with Australian backpacker Michael (Nathan Phillips) and his Norwegian girlfriend Zoe (Ingrid Bolso Berdal).
Chernobyl Diaries keeps most of the gore off-screen. Dialogue is largely improvised, which accounts for the repetition of bland phrases, and the cast affect an impressive array of gasps, whimpers and screams.
Replete with juddering handheld camerawork and ambient sound, the film uses the cover of night for most of its big scares.