The true story goes like this: In the winter of 1959, nine hikers ventured into the snowy Ural Mountains of Western Russia. Two weeks later, they were found dead with horrific injuries, including fractured skulls and mutilated body parts.
For decades, there have been rumors and theories about how they died. Some involving aliens, government cover-ups, and all sorts of paranormal phenomena. But despite of all them, the mystery surrounding the hikers’ deaths went unsolved and eventually became known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident.
Fast forward half a century.
A group of American college students trek out to the same mountain where the famous incident took place in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the mystery. Oh, and they bring a camera to document their efforts and to make sure that if they die too, someone will at least have video footage of what happened to them.
From the moment they arrive at the site, strange phenomena begin meddling with their equipment. The first to go is their compass. Great, now they’re really lost.
Panic eventually sets in. It’s colder than they anticipated, food is running low, and now something mysterious is poking at their tent from the outside.
While out to find refuge, they stumble onto an underground tunnel buried deep under the snow, and this is when things get far more interesting. They discover all sorts of videos, documents, and evidence of human experiments that lead to the terrifying truth.
The acting is good enough for partial suspension of disbelief. The last 30 minutes or so take place inside the tunnel, and although the special effects are very impressive, it becomes a little too sci-fi for the film’s own good. However, they do deserve a lot of credit for creativity.
“Devil’s Pass” is pretty imaginative and although a large portion of it doesn’t sway too far from typical found-footage films, the ending is original and overall fairly entertaining.