At Dread Central we LOVE the unexplained. Mysteries, disappearances, you name it. Decades before three fictional campers vanished in The Blair Witch Project, an incident happened in Russia that resulted in the mysterious deaths of nine people in the northern Ural Mountains. The night was February 2, 1959. The mystery lingers to this day.
According to Screen Daily reports from EFM are that Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Covenant) will direct an as-yet-untitled thriller set in Russia’s Ural Mountains.
“The fact-based film is about a mysterious incident in 1959, when nine experienced hikers were found dead. The film will be about contemporary students on a trek to investigate the mystery.”
Producers will be Alexander Rodnyansky, Kia Jam, Harlin, and Sergei Bespalov.
Harlin said: “I was fascinated by this story, which remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of modern paranormal lore. The facts, the script, and the very dramatic setting convinced me that there is a thrilling movie there, just waiting to rivet audiences.”
The project will start shooting on location in Russia in March.
Curious? Want to know a bit more? In a nutshell the Dyatlov Pass incident (as it is known) refers to an unsolved mystery that occurred in the northern Urals which saw a group of ski hikers tear open their tent from the inside and leave barefoot in a heavy snowstorm. Though there was no sign of a struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, one was missing her tongue, and clothing belonging to the victims contained high levels of radiation. Soviet investigators concluded that “a compelling unknown force” had caused their deaths.
Spooky? You betcha! More as it comes.
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