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The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass) (2013)




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Fact: In February of 1959, nine Russian hikers ventured into a remote area of the Ural Mountains in Russia. Fact: Two weeks later, all nine were found dead. What happened to them is a mystery that has baffled investigators and researchers for decades. It has become known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Rumors have attributed their deaths to everything from alien encounters and government conspiracies to supernatural causes. To date, no one has been able to adequately explain what drove nine experienced hikers from their tents so frantically that they ripped through the material from the inside; or how their bodies came to be exposed to such dangerous amounts of radiation that it was still detected weeks later. And no one knows why they were discovered hundreds of yards from their camp, half dressed and with internal injuries including broken ribs and fractured skulls, but with no external wounds at all. The body of one young woman was even missing her tongue. Present Day: Five ambitious American college students are issued a grant to return to the site of the original events in the belief that they can uncover and document the truth of what happened at Dyatlov's Pass. But what they find is more shocking than anything they could have imagined. Their trek through the Ural Mountains, retracing the steps of that ill-fated journey, is plagued by strange and increasingly terrifying phenomena, all of which suggest that in spite of their desolate surroundings, they are not alone. The forces behind the Dyatlov Pass Incident have been waiting for them. The students' recently recovered footage - the only clue to what happened to them - was deemed too disturbing for public eyes. But, like everything else connected to Dyatlov's Pass, the truth has found its way out. (c) IFC Filmsmore
Rating: R (for some violence/disturbing images, and for a sexual reference)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Vikram Weet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2013
DPI Productions LLC. - Official Site


Holly Gross
as Holly King
Matt Stokoe
as Jenson Day
Luke Albright
as JP Hauser, Jr.
Ryan Hawley
as Andy Thatcher
Gemma Atkinson
as Denise Evers
Richard Reid
as Sgt. Smirnov
Anastasiya Burdina
as Holly Creature
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Made with just enough craft that, were you to stumble upon it late at night during a bout of insomnia, you wouldn't mind watching through to the end.

Full Review… | August 23, 2013
Top Critic

The film is ridiculous and laugh-out-loud funny, though it's sometimes hard to tell if this is intentional or not. Either way, it remains riveting because of its effective tropes.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Since found-footage movies are purportedly shot by the characters, hiring a muscular action filmmaker like Renny Harlin seems like overkill.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Further evidence that seasoned directors enjoy the found footage gimmick as much as the first-timers seem to.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013

The decision to assemble it as a found-footage thriller makes it feel like yet another Blair Witch knock-off. And the plot seems to run out of ideas before the end.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Shadows on the Wall

Renny Harlin's fun, creepy found-footage horror knows when to be charming and, crucially, when to take its based-on-true-events conspiracy plot to its ridiculously entertaining conclusion.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil's Pass)

A mixture of Blair Witch and Chernobyl Diaries, Devil's Pass is an intense and frightening thriller. Filmed in a found footage style, a group of students retrace the steps of a famous Russian exposition that was mysteriously lost while exploring a mountain passage. The writing is especially good; particularly in how it subtly builds from a mundane mountain trek into a conspiratorial thriller. Additionally, the cast is pretty good and helps to give the footage an authentic feel. Still, the characters are a little underserved and aren't fleshed out too much beyond what's needed for the story. Devil's Pass has some weak point, but overall it's a smart and compelling horror film that does a remarkable job at using the found footage genre.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Movie The Dyatlov Pass Incident is somehow named Devil's Pass here on RT and on IMDB. It is based on a true story about a mysterious event that resulted in the deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains on the night of February 2, 1959. The story is one of an unsolved mystery and should make an intriguing film, especially when we know the details of the real events: access to the area was barred for skiers and other adventurers for three years after the incident, and the investigators at the time determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot into heavy snow and a temperature of −30 °C (−22 °F). Although the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue...

In this case the director Renny Harlin who directed films such as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, for some reason decided to use a found footage approach and the movie is trying to have some documentary style... but everything is so fake that I lost the interest just after the first half, and the rest was simply struggle to finish to the end.

Screenplay was so far-fetched with unbelievable theories (involves another curious tale from the 1940s that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists) that almost required no intelligence on behalf of the viewer. Acting was something I'll rather forget but directing wasn't too bad. It had some quality in few parts of the film, but the final horror product I saw - sucks! This American-Russian co-production offers a fictional solution to the real-life story of what happened to nine Soviet ski-hikers who met mysterious, unexplained deaths in the Urals in February 1959 which I wasn't interested in.

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer


Yet another bunch of american kids pick up some cameras and go where they shouldn't go. I don't have a problem with the hand-held camera approach at all. Some of my favorite recent horror flicks were shot like this, it's just that this storyline approach is quickly grow so so old.

Devil's Pass plays like all the others, whilst featuring some gorgeous sightings and it's actually pretty well crafted.

Many people have been complaining about the twists and whatnot, but I didn't mind the crazy mix of things, it's actually what could've set it apart from others. Problem is that it's all very underwhelming and they were obviously bitting more than they could chew on this one. No matter how cool or good your intentions were, the budget held things back a lot by the end.

Still, fairly entertaining albeit cliché as hell.

Francisco G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

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