Most found footage movies can be summed up thusly: dumb people made terrible decisions and decided to film it because they never imagined their ideas were ever stupid. Enter these intrepid young explorers featured in the trailer for Renny Harlin’s new horror film Devil’s Pass, who are about get a little more than they bargained for when they retrace the steps of the infamous Dyatlov Pass Incident.
The incident is a true story; in 1959, Igor Dyatlov took nine ski hikers through the Ural Mountains in Russia, only to never be seen alive again. Their bodies were recovered over the course of two months, but nobody could ever figure out what really happened to the crew. Of course, that’s not stopping the film from coming up with its own theories with the help of the new explorers.
The trailer essentially spells out the entire plot of the movie (seriously, if you want to see this, don’t watch) from the first day of hiking, to the hikers’ serious signs of trouble. There are zombies, or monsters of some kind with long fingernails and stringy hair hiding in them there hills. Russian mutants? Other lost hikers? It’s hard to tell, because in traditional and true found footage fashion, the shaky hand cam makes it hard to see what’s going on as our poor protagonists run for their lives. Check it out after the break.
The film was already released overseas as Dyatlov Pass Incident, so it’s a bit curious that the name change only occurred for the US release. Didn’t want to deal with the mispronunciations?
Devil’s Pass is in theaters August 23rd. [Dread Central]