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Chernobyl Diaries Producer Lashes Back!

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Chernobyl Too Soon

Okay, so remember that Chernobyl support group that's offended by Oren Peli's new horror movie Chernobyl Diaries?

Well it turns out that they haven't even seen the film… and Oren is asserting that another support group has seen it and has praised them for how they've handled the disaster in the film!

Oren spoke about the utmost respect he has for the 400k victims, saying that Chernobyl is merely the backdrop to the horror story:

"As for the claim that our film exploits anyone — we could not disagree more vigorously. First of all, the criticism and accusations are coming from a group that has not seen the film, whereas conversely the praise for it is coming from those who have indeed seen it. The film, though fictional, may in fact shine a light on a tragedy too many have forgotten."

Apparently the group, called Chabad's Children of Chernobyl, actually wrote him a letter filled with "admiration" and "kudos" for the flick!

Plus Oren straight up says the villains of the movie are not even mutated "victims" of the Chernobyl disaster at all!

So what do U think? Did Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. jump the gun when they previously bashed the film for sensationalizing the tragic event?

Should they take the time to actually see it first??

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6 comments to “Chernobyl Diaries Producer Lashes Back!”

  1. 1

    IMO the charity should view this event not as a hostile thing but proactively use it to help expose the horrible historical event and many people that suffered (and died) or are still having problems to a new generation probably not that familiar with it . Many "young" adults have no real knowledge of Chernobyl so if one in five or better yet one in three go home and Google Chernobyl then something positive with actually come from the horror film.

  2. anna says – reply to this


    Actually its deplorable. Yes people are completely blind to history and young kids these days don't know their ass from their face, but to make big Hollywood bucks from a tragedy is pathetic. Come up with something else. I had to fly to MOSCOW from KIEV (which is 30 miles from Chernobyl) when I was 1 month old when it happened. I was born in March of 1986 and it happened in April. My father and grandmother still take thyroid medication every single day because of the after effects of it. People dies, people got sick. People left their homes and abandoned their entire town in one day becasue of this. So to make another stupid fucking movie about douchebags in Chernobyl is just a joke.

  3. teknochode says – reply to this


    Re: anna – Oh for cryin' out loud, get a LIFE…

    By your logic? We're not allowed to make a movie on or near the water because a boat sank once.

    Was it a tragedy? Yes. Did a bunch of people die, and a bunch of people got sick because of apathy and human error? Yes. Guess what… THAT'S LIFE. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS. It's unavoidable whether you make a movie about it or not.

    This is a campy popcorn horror thriller. It's not an essay on humanity. Christ. Relax.

  4. Banshee says – reply to this


    Re: teknochode
    You say "this is life" and to deal with it etcetera, but if somebody made a film about zombie Holocaust victims it would be problematic. Say a film was made about 9/11 victims becoming zombies and attacking the people of New York. What about that? Just because it didn't happen where you live, doesn't mean people aren't still offended by the idea of a film being made in which innocent victims of a man-made disaster are portrayed as cannibalistic mutants.

  5. Adrian says – reply to this


    The aggressors 'arnt even mutants'? Spoiler Alert?

  6. Kate says – reply to this


    You don't need to see the film to be offended by it. To see comments like "so people got sick, so people died" is just disgusting and shows how little they know about the tragedy. People are still extremely ill, babies still born with birth defects, and still dying. Oren Peli has the resources to make a film educating those on what happened, but using those resources to make a horror film which makes a mockery of those who were killed. On these boards I've noticed that those who are actually educated on what happened/is still happening, are highly offended.