Shalom Life | December 22, 2014

‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Was Filmed in Nazi Tunnels

Oren Peli’s latest film, ‘Chernobyl Diaries’, utilized abandoned Nazi tunnels since the real Chernobyl is still deemed unsafe.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: May 29th, 2012 in Culture » Film » News

‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Was Filmed in Nazi Tunnels

Oren Peli’s newest horror release, “Chernobyl Diaries” takes place in- you guessed it- Chernobyl. Unfortunately, Chernobyl is still deemed unfit for humans due to still-present nuclear dust from the disaster, so the filmmakers had to be inventive in choosing a replacement location.

The crew selected an abandoned Soviet Air Force Base and a series of tunnels under Belgrade, Serbia.

“There were bunkers where they had the Nazi headquarters and that place was very, very creepy. It was very narrow and wasn't built with safety lights, so, at one point or another, we bumped our head on the door jambs,” Peli tells WENN.

"It was very dark and very musty with a bizarre negative energy there," he continues.

“Chernobyl Diaries” director, Brad Parker, discussed how the location aided in frightening the cast.

"It was a lot of fun for me and to a certain extent they enjoyed it too. They didn't have to push the acting boat out too far because they were just responding to what was going on. We would leave them in the dark or have them walk down a scary tunnel and not tell them what was around the corner,” Parker began.

"There was really a sense of tension in their voices that's really palpable. We would literally have our humanoid-like creatures waiting in a cavern or a tunnel out of sight so the actor would not know about the actual scare and where it was coming from. They were totally taken off guard and our locations were really scary... There were bad vibes in the walls. It was really creepy and being in these cold, dark, dank, scary places was terrifying enough."

Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (30-21) Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (30-21) TrendingNatalie Portman Explains How 'Star Wars' Almost Ruined Her Career Natalie Portman Explains How 'Star Wars' Almost Ruined Her Career TrendingAdam Levine's Maroon 5 Rock Out at The People Magazine Awards [VIDEO] Adam Levine's Maroon 5 Rock Out at The People Magazine Awards [VIDEO] Trending
 

Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (30-21)

December 19, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (30-21)

Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and beautiful Jewish women of the year.

Read More

Analyst Suggests Qatar 'Give' World Cup 2022 to Gaza

December 19, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Analyst Suggests Qatar 'Give' World Cup 2022 to Gaza

Tom Gross argues that the move would be beneficial for Palestinians in Israel

Read More

Natalie Portman Explains How 'Star Wars' Almost Ruined Her Career

December 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Natalie Portman Explains How 'Star Wars' Almost Ruined Her Career

The 'Black Swan' actress says no one wanted to work with her after 'Star Wars'

Read More

Liberace's Hologram to Go On World Tour, Starting in Las Vegas

December 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Liberace's Hologram to Go On World Tour, Starting in Las Vegas

The deceased performer will be entertaining a whole new generation of fans.

Read More

Adam Levine's Maroon 5 Rock Out at The People Magazine Awards [VIDEO]

December 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Adam Levine's Maroon 5 Rock Out at The People Magazine Awards [VIDEO]

On Thursday evening, Maroon 5 wowed the audience with a live performance of 'Animals'

Read More

Oops! Drake Confused Adam Silver for Donald Sterling

December 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Oops! Drake Confused Adam Silver for Donald Sterling

At the Toronto Raptors Drake night, Drake mixed up some important names.

Read More

Ambassador Dan Shapiro Urges U.S. Collaboration with Jerusalem College of Technology

December 19, 2014 | By ShalomLife Team
Ambassador Dan Shapiro Urges U.S. Collaboration with Jerusalem College of Technology

Shapiro visited the college for a private demonstration of several ground-breaking technologies developed by students

Read More

This British Politician Is Trying to Put an End to Racism & anti-Semitism on Twitter

December 19, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
This British Politician Is Trying to Put an End to Racism & anti-Semitism on Twitter

Luciana Berger, the subject of some 2,500 anti-Semitic tweets earlier this year, wants the platform to ban racist words

Read More

More Headlines