2. 'Chernobyl Diaries'
In many ways, the "shaky-cam" sub-genre is like the reality TV of movies - despite limited replay value, the films are inexpensive to produce, easy to market and financially lucrative. Unfortunately, it's a formula that results in bargain-basement fare like "Chernobyl Diaries," a thoroughly lackluster horror effort that completely wastes an intriguing setting (the abandoned town of Prypiat, which sits in the shadow of the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine) and a reasonably suspenseful buildup with a ridiculous payoff that sees the film's young, pretty cast being chased by mutant killers straight out of the "The Hills Have Eyes." Of all the approaches the filmmakers could have taken this was by far the least imaginative option, and the gall required to take the setting of a horrendous real-life tragedy and use it as the backdrop for a dumb slasher flick is borderline offensive.
- Chris Eggertsen