The Dyatlov Pass incident is a famous (at least on the Internet) incident back in 1959 in the Soviet Union. Nine hikers go up a mountain called “The Mountain of Death,” and they’re found weeks later under suspicious circumstances. Their tent had been ripped open from the inside, and some of the bodies were naked, scattered across almost a mile of the mountainside. Some appeared to have been struck with the force of a speeding car, with crushed chests and skulls, leading the investigators to conclude that a “compelling unknown force” had killed them. Traces of high radiation were left on some of their clothes. The government classified the report and no further word was heard of it until the nineties.
Now there are numerous problems with that summary, little inconvenient facts like the whole radiation thing not showing up in the original reports but seemingly tacked on later. If you’re so inclined you can find perfectly compelling analysis online that concludes this was a routine case of campers ravaged by hypothermia. But the story makes for a compelling kernel for a film, one that is going to begin on site filming in Russia in March. Here’s the first poster:
The bad news is that Renny Harlin is the one in charge of it. You may have guessed that from the fact that the film is currently called “Untitled Renny Harlin Project” on the poster like an intern screwed up mail merge. Bragging about Cliffhanger really isn’t a winning strategy. If you go there when asked what your two biggest films are, you probably should just mutter under your breath after the first one. Sure, Die Hard 2 was decent … and then I can’t think of a second good film by the guy so I head to IMDB, and find this fantastic picture:
I have less than no words.