''Chernobyl Diaries'' is a 2012 {{Horror}} film directed by Bradley Parker, produced by ''Film/ParanormalActivity''s Oren Peli, and starring Jesse [=McCartney=], among others. It is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the book]] ''The Diary of Lawson Oxford'', also written by Oren Peli.

The film follows a group of tourists exploring the ruins of Pripyat, the town just outside the {{UsefulNotes/Chernobyl}} power plant. After managing to make their way into the city, the tourists and their guide are periodically assaulted by unidentifiable monsters that threaten [[DwindlingParty the lives of all characters involved]].

!!Tropes featured in Chernobyl Diaries include:

* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Radiation doesn't cause the kinds of mutations seen in the film not to the dogs, not to the fish, [[spoiler: and certainly not to people...]].
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Despite the Soviet Government's track history of indifference to their citizens, everyone was evacuated from the surrounding area.
* TheBackwardsR: On [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/bf76473dcc94bc05b783d3d567832f5f/tumblr_mv5fnyAmLR1rnswq3o1_500.jpg one version of the poster]], which if pronounced in actual Cyrillic would read "Sneyapovul Diayaies"
* BearsAreBadNews: DoubleSubverted; the bear doesn't do them any harm. However, it foreshadows the arrival of much greater dangers.
* CatScare: Double subverted with the bear, as it's not the half-expected ''small'' animal, but also doesn't attack.
%%* DownerEnding: Wait, what?
* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler: Everybody's dead by the end of the film]].
* FoundFootage: The group watches a video on Chris' cell which uses the style of FoundFootage films at one point, giving the survivors an idea of what they might be up against.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Amanda gets thrown to the escaped patients at the end because she knows they exist.]]
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler:After the van is sabotaged,]] the group sits inside at night with the dome light on. Not only are they draining the battery with no nearby options for a jump start, but make it near impossible to see what's outside, and the light would at the very least attract the feral dogs Yuri mentioned only come out at night.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The whole thing is really Paul's fault, but he does care about his brother.
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* LastStand: [[spoiler: Offscreen, a Russian soldier has one when he tries to fortify himself inside an abandoned bus.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: So your little brother is going to marry his fiance! Congratulations, now let's force him to go on a tour of Pripyat instead of someplace more romantic, complete with armed Russians soldiers trying to make sure no one goes in, [[spoiler: and get him and the woman both killed while you're at it]].
* NonIndicativeTitle: There is nothing in this film could be considered a diary, record, or account of any sort. It isn't even a FoundFootage horror film, though it is shot like one.
* OnlySaneMan: Chris, to an almost ridiculous extent.
* RussianGuySuffersMost: [[spoiler: Yuri dies offscreen, but his corpse gets by far the worst treatment.]]
* SoleSurvivor: Subverted. [[spoiler: Amanda is the last of the main cast to remain alive, but not for very long.]]
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