Today I decided to sit down and watch Devil’s Pass (also known as The Dyatlov Pass Incident) on Netflix. I’ve been curious about this since I first saw the trailer a year ago, and was excited when Netflix added it to their list. The film was shot in Russia, and the snowy countryside really makes it a beautiful film to watch, seriously breathtaking. I’ve been a sucker for snowy horror movies lately, it must be something to do with the fact that it was 85 degrees in LA today. But I digress…
Devil’s Pass is about a group of young filmmakers searching for answers about the infamous Dyatlov Pass incident. This is the true part of the story, February 2, 1959 a group of nine ski hikers were found dead. Two of the men had their skulls bashed in, one woman was missing her tongue and part of her oral cavity, but there were no signs of struggle. Some of their clothes were radioactive and no one knows what happened. It’s an incredibly interesting story, and if you’re into weird history, you can read more about it here.
Devil’s pass is a little non linear at first, so it isn’t really something you can throw on while you’re doing the dishes. In the beginning the footage of our heroes gets interrupted frequently with news reports, including Russsian ones that are subtitled. At first, I thought I was in for a disappointment, the acting is sub par, and the dialogue was kitschy and unrealistic. However, as the movie went on, I found myself intrigued and on the edge of my seat.
As the crew moved up the mountain, they come across several strange things that causes most of them to want to turn back. Holly, our heroine, refuses. To say much about the movie would be giving it away. I will say that the writers did a great job of setting up situations without being too obvious. I’m usually pretty quick at noticing when something is going to be used later on, following the old adage of ‘if a gun is on the mantel in the first act, it must go off by the second’, but Devil’s Pass was much more unpredictable.
Devil’s Pass truly delivers a great story and the ending was amazing and genuinely surprised me. As the credits rolled, I found myself wanting to take a hike up to Dyatlov Pass, to find out what happened to those doomed hikers back in 1959.
My verdict: Turn on Netflix right now and watch this movie!