Hollywood film explores incidents at Dyatlov Pass
The film will explore the story of how nine ski-hikers perished in the Ural Mountains more than 50 years ago and how the subject has fevered speculation in Russia, leading some to label it "Dyatlovmania," the Telegraph reports.
Soviet investigators originally described the incident as involving "an elemental force [the hikers] were in no state to overcome," according to the Telegraph.
In 1959, nine students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk failed to return from a ski hike. Four weeks after pitching their tent, the first bodies were found from the group, which was led by Igor Dyatlov, a student at the radio technology faculty. They were found at a camp made at Kholat Syakhyl, which translates from the language of the indigenous Mansi people to "Mountain of the Dead."
The hikers' tent was slashed from inside with a knife and most of their belongings were inside. The bodies showed signs of hypothermia and blunt trauma, as well as broken ribs, crashed skulls and facial injuries.
Some of the victims were in their underwear, with burns on their hands and feet and a strange, orange-crimson tan.
Some reports said that flashing lights were seen in the sky and post-mortem examinations allegedly showed small traces of beta radiation, which led some to consider the idea of military experiments.
The case was declared classified by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and the area was declared off limits, the Telegraph reports.
Since then, conspiracy theories have multiplied.
The film features a group of 21st century American students shooting a documentary about the incident, only to find history repeating itself.
"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," Harlin said, the Telegraph reports.
There is no release date for the film.
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