Devil's Pass
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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;… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Further evidence that seasoned directors enjoy the found footage gimmick as much as the first-timers seem to."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"I'm not suggest Harlin deserves better than the tepid frights of Devil's Pass, but chasing a tired trend with minimal storytelling heft doesn't do him any favors."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Very much like a puzzle that all comes seamlessly together, "Devil's Pass" wallows in formula before veering a sharp, hair-raising left turn just when the film needs it most."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Frankly, this thriller is a bit behind the curve in its storytelling, so even though it's a solidly well-made example of the found-footage genre, it feels derivative and tired."
‑ Rich Cline,
"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."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"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."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Despite drawing influence from a fascinating real-life event, this sloppily directed, largely tension-free found footage film sticks too closely to genre formula."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Harlan's film -- written by Vikram Weet -- is a routine low-budget genre picture, with blandly attractive young actors overmatched by the freakiness lurking in the wilderness."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"A deliciously ooky, X-Files-esque chiller that's a scary-fun hoot and a half; a lean, smart example of the found-footage flick."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Since found-footage movies are purportedly shot by the characters, hiring a muscular action filmmaker like Renny Harlin seems like overkill."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"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."
‑ Michael Leader, Film4
"Its grab at realism makes the artifice highly conspicuous."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"If you know nothing of this incident you'll be intrigued, as I was. But the explanation, which involves another curious tale from the 1940s that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists, is difficult to swallow."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"An hour of waiting for something to happen followed by 30 minutes of silliness."
‑ Miranda Kiek, Guardian
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