The actual Dyatlov Pass Incident that the film takes inspiration from concerns a group of nine experienced skiers and hikers that went hiking through the Ural mountains but never reached their intended destination. After two months the hikers were eventually found.
Their camp was abandoned, the tent half destroyed and cut open from the inside, filled with all of their equipment and shoes. The hikers were found in the surrounding area in pairs or on their own, apparently dead from hypothermia. A number of the hikers were, however, found with a number of injuries including skull fractures, destroyed rib cages and in the case of one woman a missing tongue.
|The abandoned campsite from the real life Dyatlov Pass Incident.|
The film takes this event as their inspiration and is set around a group of five students that travel to Russia to attempt to investigate the incident and discover what actually led to the deaths of the hikers. Although based upon a real world incident the film makers make some very brave and possibly bizarre choices in the direction they take the story.
|The student film makers investigating the Incident.|
A well made film shot on beautiful locations the writers and director create a tale that requires you to think outside of the box and make your own deductions based upon clues carefully laid out earlier on in the film. The film suffers mainly from the sudden turn of events towards the end of the film that changes the tone fairly dramatically and some effects shots that aren’t quite up to par with the natural beauty of the filming locations.
Probably not to everyone’s tastes, but based upon extremely fascinating real world events the film is well worth a viewing for both horror fans and people interested in the actual Dyatlov Pass Incident.
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