“Chernobyl Diaries” Called Disrespectful, Draws Some Protests

Horror movie “Chernobyl Diaries” from Oren Peli, best known as the creator of the “Paranormal Activity” horror franchise, has sparked concern among some individuals and groups that have posted petitions and called for boycotts.

“Chernobyl Diaries” takes place in the Ukrainian ghost town of Prypiat, a city that once housed workers of the Chernobyl power plant. It was abandoned in 1986 after one of the nearby reactors exploded, creating the worst nuclear plant accident in history. Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are still dealing with the radiation exposure which has been linked to death, chronic health issues and birth deformities among thousands of people.

The storyline follows a group of six American vacationers who ignore warnings and go into Prypiat only find themselves trapped and, of course, not alone. As their numbers dwindle, the group must find a way to escape while fighting off their mysterious attackers who may or may not be human.

The main idea of the movie is not original: lots of horror stories tell about someone who go somewhere they were told not to go to, and thus putting themselves into a life-threatening situation. The worst part of this particular movie plot is that it’s based on a real tragedy, that happened 26 years ago and is still fresh in memory of thousands of people, who lost their homes, their health or their loved ones in Chernobyl disaster.

Peli defends the movie from arguments by saying it’s just a film and he doesn’t feel it is offensive: “I found it very sad and fascinating and eerie and creepy,” he said. “I thought it would be a great setting for a scary horror film. It was never our intention to offend anyone.”

“If people are honestly concerned about nuclear power and the effects,” said Peli. “They can embrace the fact that now it could be a topic of discussion and used for a positive sense.”

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