Actually, we're surprised it took Hollywood this long to cash in on the Chernobyl disaster, as the video game industry has been at it since at least 2007 (with the first-person shooter, "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl"). However, it still feels kind of … icky, and not just in that "horror movie" way.
"Chernobyl Diaries," which was conjured by Oren Peli of "Paranormal Activity," follows a group of youngsters vacationing in Europe (sigh) who decide to make a stop at the abandoned Ukrainian city that housed the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, a no man's land still plagued by radioactivity after the catastrophic explosion that released large quantities of contamination into the atmosphere in 1986. It's not just radiation levels they've got to worry about, though, as they soon discover that they're NOT ALONE amongst the ruins of the ghost town.
Sure, there's lots of "horror" potential with this premise, but did they have to specifically make it Chernobyl? Couldn't it have been a fictional city that had experienced a similar sort of accident that left it abandoned and plagued? It's sure to be a topic of debate, especially if the movie ends up being a hit.
Check out the trailer for "Chernobyl Diaries" below and see how you feel about it. The film will be vying for your Memorial Day weekend attention on May 25.