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. The script cleverly weaves in real historical events to make it a lot more intriguing, but the screenwriter seems to run out of ideas before the end, resorting to horror cliches and grisly effects that feel rather corny.
The true story took place in February 1959, when nine hikers disappeared while hiking in the snowy Ural mountains. When their bodies were discovered, they had mysterious internal injuries that didn't match their external wounds. The mystery has never been solved, so for her final project, American psychology student Holly (Goss) decides to investigate, travelling to Russia to shoot a documentary with film student Jenson (Stokoe), sound recordist Denise (Atkinson) and two perky mountaineering experts (Albright and Hawley). But when they start climbing to the icy pass, strange things begin to happen around them. Then they stumble into something shocking.
Director Harlin has a great time cranking up a sense of doom, with gleeful references to sinister Soviet experiments, alien sightings and even the existence of a yeti. The locals taunt these too-curious Yanks with tales about the "Mountain of the Dead". And their expedition is intercut with archive photos and footage of the original 1959 hikers. So there's a real sense that these intrepid students could find pretty much anything up there. And since we see everything through Jenson's camera, there's a real sense of wonder about the expansive beauty of the wintry Urals. Meanwhile, the lively young cast has a lot of fun bringing the characters to life through some soapy romantic entanglements and hints of various back-stories.
Continue reading: The Dyatlov Pass Incident [aka Devil's Pass] Review
James (Phillips) is a geeky misfit who has a sign above his head saying "loser". Literally. After his friend Ian (Grant) commits suicide, he receives a message from him that challenges him to learn how to talk to women. His friends (Leonidas and Grezo) encourage him to try, starting with an awkward chat at Ian's funeral with his school crush Hannah (Atkinson). He then starts a mentorship with cocky motivational speaker Ampersand (Conway), a disciple of womanising writer guru Zeus (Kemp). But this will require changing almost everything about himself.
Continue reading: How To Stop Being A Loser Review
A star of indie comedy Juno and a former Hollyoaks actress are to feature in live-action scenes in new videogame Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3.
The franchise's traditional live-action cut-scenes will be replete with 'famous' faces from all over the world, including Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Congo), Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King, Sammo Hung's Martial Law), Jenny McCarthy (Scream 3, Playboy magazine) and George Takei (Star Trek, Prisoners of the Sun).
Other notable appearances will be made by Gemma Atkinson (Hollyoaks), Andrew Divoff (Lost), Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), JK Simmons (Law and Order, Juno), Autumn Reeser (The OC) and Peter Stormare (Prison Break, Armageddon).
The game will also feature appearances by two mixed martial arts specialists, namely Randy 'The Natural' Couture (a former UFC heavyweight champion) and Gina 'Conviction' Carano (undefeated Elite XC fighter, American Gladiators).
"This is by far the most exciting cast we have in over 13 years of shooting live-action movies for Command and Conquer," said Chris Corry, executive producer at EALA.
"The calibre of the performances we received, both individually and collectively, have really raised the storytelling bar for the franchise. We are really excited that we will be delivering such a high quality production that is on par with movies and television shows."
JK Simmons, who is playing the anti-Communist US president Howard T Ackerman, said: "I think video games are one of the new frontiers for actors and using live action is just another way to connect more easily to the gamer rather than CGI or animation techniques.
"To be in a groundbreaking game like Red Alert 3 where we are using full-on shooting of live actors and to be with Jonathan Pryce, Tim Curry and Peter Stormare, it was a great opportunity for a character actor like me to have some fun."
Jenny McCarthy, who plays Tanya, Allied commando and the most beloved heroine in the history of the Command and Conquer universe, added: "I wasn't sure what to expect when I came in to work on a video game.
"What I realised is Red Alert 3 is not just a video game, it's absolutely an interactive movie. This is where the people at home get to move the story forward, and where seeing the plot thicken is a reward for a job well done. And that's really cool."
The game is set for release this autumn on the PC and Xbox 360.
Continue reading: Juno Star And Hollyoaks Actress Feature In New Videogame
Gemma Atkinson and DANNI MINOGUE are planning to trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for charity.
Other celebrities joining the pair on the walk will include Cliff Richard, Anton Du Beke and TOYAH WILLCOX.
GREASE actress OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN has organised the 142-mile trek to benefit breast cancer charities, meaning the cause is one close to Danni's heart as her sister pop princess Kylie recently recovered from the illness.
Speaking to the Daily Star, The X Factor presenter said: "I joined the walk as a personal journey to try to understand why cancer is affecting so many people, to raise money to help find a cure, to celebrate the lives of friends and family who have been saved and to reflect on those I have lost."
Danni will be walking a 30-mile length of the wall, beginning on Sunday, while Gemma will tackle 42 miles, starting on April 19th.
This follows news that Kylie Minogue's breast cancer was initially misdiagnosed.
Speaking on Ellen Degeneres' US chat show, the songstress revealed that she had been given the all-clear by a doctor just before embarking on her SHOWGIRL tour in 2006.
A second check-up showed that she had been suffering from the condition all along.
Continue reading: Celebs Tackle Great Wall Of China Trek For Charity
Jungle lovebirds Cerys Matthews and Marc Bannerman have finally been reunited almost a week after I'm a celebrity finished.
Marc saw the Welsh singer for the first time since he left the jungle two weeks ago when he visited her country farm house in west Wales.
The pair flirted and cuddled in the jungle despite the fact that Marc had been in a relationship with his FOOTBALLER'S WIVES co-star SARAH MATRAVERS for two years.
Marc returned home to London early to see his now ex-girlfriend.
Since they returned home Marc and Cerys have both spoken to tabloid newspapers, netting a reported £100,000 each.
In his interview with the News of the World Marc said: "My heart tells me I need to be with Cerys. I hope to settle down and have children with the right woman. I think Cerys is that woman."
Meanwhile Cerys told the newspaper: "I'm in love with Marc and I think he feels the same.
"I'd like us to spend the rest of our lives together I've found a soulmate and because I'm a hopeless romantic I want to be with him forever."
Marc was spotted arriving at Cerys' home with two large holdalls.
Both of the celebrities concealed their faces and kept their heads down as photographers tried to capture their reunion.
According to the Daily Mirror, during the visit Cerys took Marc to The Sloop pub in Fishguard for a photo shoot with a celebrity magazine.
The pub was previously the location of Cerys wedding to her ex-husband Seth Riddle.
Meanwhile, Gemma Atkinson has revealed that she plans to launch a music career.
The former Hollyoaks actress told the Daily Star that she is going to Nashville to write some songs.
She added that they would be "ballady - soul and R'n'B. Something you can sing to."
Continue reading: Cerys And Marc Are Finally Reunited
Jason 'J' Brown has said he's tired of former model Janice Dickinson's crocodile tears when an I'm a celebrity... contestant is voted out.
Janice's tantrums and self-obsession have dominated the seventh series of the ITV1 reality show and after former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson left the show yesterday she bawled as if losing a dear relative.
As the 23-year-old actress left, Janice called after her: "Say hi to your mum and your friend and I owe you a birthday present."
She then began to make overwrought sobbing noises, leading an exasperated 'J' to comment: "We've got some crocodile tears here folks."
And talking to the Bushtucker Telegraph afterwards, the former 5IVE member said: "I just hope the public aren't blagged by the facade Janice puts on sometimes, like every time there is an eviction there's the cry of crocodile tears that start and they genuinely are fake tears.
"It's just the psychological tactics she's using, she thinks she's being clever and it's so blatant," he added.
'J' later told ex-Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews and actor Christopher Biggins, the show favourite: "I'm going to say to her, 'Please, if it isn't me that goes next, don't do that as it really ruins the send-off for me'."
All four of the remaining celebrities took part in the Celebrity Cyclone Bushtucker Trial, battling against a wind machine, water jets and slime to grab three stars in their most enjoyable test yet.
An exhilarated Biggins said afterwards: "I can die. I just loved it. What a blast, that was very, very exciting."
Continue reading: 'J' Tired Of Crocodile Tears
Cerys Matthews left the I'm a celebrity jungle last night, after 19 days in the camp.
The former CATATONIA singer told ITV that she was "gutted" campmate Marc Bannerman wasn't in Australia to greet her.
Describing their relationship she said: "We got on really well from the beginning" but admitted that they may have got carried away adding: "You're in this bubble and you forget everyone's watching. You think youre having all these secret experiences in there "
The Welsh songstress continued to say that she didn't know what to expect from the future.
Echoing the wishes of previous evictee Gemma Atkinson, CERYS named CHRISTOHER BIGGINS as her preferred winner.
Meanwhile, JANICE DINCKINSON was hurt during the Celebrity Cyclone Bushtucker trial.
All four remaining campers tried to collect stars in a tunnel while battling jets of water and slime.
Supermodel Janice slipped over and had to receive medical treatment after hurting her hip.
Continue reading: Cerys Leaves The Jungle
Gemma Atkinson has become the seventh contestant to leave this year's series of I'm a celebrity... after spending 18 days in the jungle.
The former Hollyoaks actress cried a triumphant "Yes!" after the result was announced, leaving actor Christopher Biggins, former boyband member Jason 'J' Brown, former model Janice Dickinson and singer Cerys Matthews in the Australian camp.
Talking to presenters Ant Mcpartlin and Declan Donnelly afterwards, the 23-year-old said: "I've had enough and I want to see my mum."
She added: "If anything goes wrong you contact your mum don't you? But I couldn't do that. I'm going to run up my phone bill now."
"The whole thing's been great and I've enjoyed every minute of it," she continued. "There's no stress, nothing... but you get used to it and you miss the hustle and bustle."
When the Geordie presenting duo asked Gemma about the arguments that have typified this year's show, she said: "I think it's just a clash of characters, it's weird because it was all the older people rowing. It was quite funny and you knew it was going to explode.
"I think Janice liked to wind people up, but it was kind of in a funny way."
Gemma tipped Christopher Biggins - the bookies' favourite - or 'J' to win the seventh series of the show, which ends on Friday, and said she plans to keep her boyfriend, Wigan Athletic player Marcus Bent, with her "all the time" upon her return to England.
Continue reading: Gemma Leaves The Jungle
Former Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson has missed her chance to become queen of the jungle and become the seventh celebrity to be evicted.
Upon hearing the news the 23-year-old shouted "Yes!" before hugging her fellow I'm a celebrity campers.
While being interviewed by ITV, Gemma thanked the audience for voting her out saying "I was ready yesterday".
She added that she was looking forward to going home and seeing her mum.
The young actress has tipped either jungle buddy J BROWN or Christopher Biggins to win the show.
According to the Mirror, TV presenter Cilla Black has joined the campaign to make pantomime star Christopher king of the jungle.
The former BLIND DATE presenter told the newspaper that the actor is a "wonderful person" who she has been friends with for 24 years.
"Biggins is the life and soul of any party. But I think he is just grateful to be in there. And when he comes out I hope he gets a great film role. He is a tremendous actor and people forget that, " she added.
Continue reading: Gemma Says Goodbye To The Jungle
Gemma Atkinson and Jason 'J' Brown endured a frightening encounter with a host of unsavoury jungle residents on the new series of I'm a celebrity...
The former Hollyoaks actress and the ex-boyband member were face to face with cockroaches, ants, meal worms and eel slime during the Terror Train and the Temple of Doom Bushtucker Trial, but endured the unpleasant Antipodean visitors to earn three meals for the camp.
Presenter Ant Mcpartlin told the pair that six stars were fixed inside the Temple of Doom, into which they would travel.
"You've got to go in search of them," he explained. "Sit in the cart and then the cart with move through. It will stop four times - when it stops, the star will fall from the ceiling along with some other jungle nastiness," said Ant.
"You have 30 seconds to secure your star before the cart moves again. This happens four times and the final two you find at the end, they're not going to drop, they will be hanging there so feel around for them."
Before the trial began, 'J' reassured Gemma, saying: "When it happens don't think about it, just grab the stars.
"It's going to be nasty - there are going to be things crawling all over us Gemma, are you ready?" he asked.
A bucket of eel slime soon cascaded over Gemma, before a cockroach shower left her screaming: "It's down my top, it's eating me, aaagh! It's nipping my back, the b**tard."
While 'J' was unable to find the star protected by a nest of green ants, Gemma ignored a shower of meal worms to grab a third star, securing a third meal for the contestants.
Back at the camp the contestants joked about a Cerys Matthews-Marc Bannerman wedding, and Janice Dickinson, Anna Ryder Richardson and Christopher Biggins all received special messages from their loved ones.
Continue reading: Gemma And J Take Terror Train
Frankly, this thriller is a bit behind the curve in its storytelling, so even though...