Today we have the official trailer for "Dyatlov Pass Incident," an upcoming found-footage horror film that's directed by Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2). Check it out below.
Plot: Follows a group of American students on a trek to investigate the true life mystery of nine Russian skiers who befell unexplained deaths while skiing in the Russian mountains in 1959. To this day, their deaths have been one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.
The new movie has already been released in several European and Asian countries, but has yet to get a US release date.
The official verdict (of soviet-era investigation) was smth. like: "death as a result of facing an unknown compelling force the group was unable to cope with".
Theories included (in order of ascending lunacy):
2. Ultrasound and resulting panic attack.
3. Mansi hunters.
4. Escaped convicts.
4.1. Tourists got sh*tfaced on shrooms and killed eachother.
5. GULAG squad searching for escaped convicts.
5.1. KGB deathsquad - because tourists witnessed a failed rocket test or some sh*t with one of the components of a rocket falling near the camp.
6. Death as a result of accidental exposure to toxic rocket fuel from said failed test.
7. CIA spies smuggled into USSR to do spy stuff on Ural's secret facilities who accidentally crossed paths with the group.
8. Some members of the group, unbeknownst to others were undercover CIA and/or KGB agents tasked with a secret handover of nuclear materials to other undercover CIA/KGB agents. Handover went wrong, they got exposed and the other party went berserk on them.
11. Mansi gods.
12. Val Kilmer.
So there's six things that freak people out about this one:
1. The no-tongued woman
2. A mysterious orange tan on the dead bodies
3. The ripped tents
4. The hikers' lack of clothing
5. The crushing damage done to three of the hikers
6. The traces of radioactivity
The big fact that gets lost in the re-telling of this story is that the bodies weren't found until weeks later. It's not like somebody turned their back, then five minutes later all their friends were dead and half naked.
That makes the missing tongue a lot easier to explain. As disturbing as it may be, the first thing a scavenging animal is going to go for is probably the soft tissue of an open mouth, especially if it still smelled like the burrito the hiker just ate. Laying out in the sun surrounded by white snow for days also accounts for the weird tan.
The trauma and the destroyed tent points to an avalanche. Their state of undress can be explained by paradoxical undressing, a known behavior of hypothermia victims when their brains start to freeze and malfunction. In other words, it's the kind of behavior you'd expect from a group of injured avalanche victims wandering around in the middle of the night in the freezing cold.
What about the radioactivity? Or stranger details that turn up in some accounts, like orange lights in the sky? Well, there's the fact that none of that stuff turns up in the original doc*ments from the incident, and appears to have been added later by people who just can't resist making things spookier than they are.
It's those later accounts that have stuck in the public memory, because so many of the original reports were destroyed (this was the Cold War-era Soviet Union, which treated casserole recipes as state secrets).
So none of the details on their own prove anything other than a tragic hiking accident. The conspiracy-loving public widely reject this, too busy lighting their torches and getting their pitchforks to go hunt down an, "unknown compelling force."
People love to take things over the top, they're so desperate for some kind of escape from their normal mundane lives that they jump on any thing that can't ve explained and blame it on aliens or mystical powers.
Here's a proper mystery, even if there is an explanation to this, it's a lot less obvious than that...
Hey that was kinda cool cinema. Another cool mystery around to cold war time is the summerton man. Although this story has nothing to do with aliens, just a cold war secret agent. And thanks for sparing me from reading the explanation myself mink!