Devil's Pass

Devil's Pass (2013)

Also Known As: Dyatlov Pass Incident, The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Opened: 08/23/2013 Limited

IFC Center08/23/2013 - 08/29/20137 days

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Genre: Thriller

Rated: R for some violence/disturbing images, and for a sexual reference.

History always repeats itself.


Fact: In February of 1959, nine Russian hikers ventured into a remote area of the Ural Mountains in Russia.

Fact: Two weeks later, all nine were found dead.

Fact: What happened to them is a mystery that has baffled investigators and researchers for decades. It has become known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident.

Rumors have attributed their deaths to everything from alien encounters and government conspiracies to supernatural causes. To date, no one has been able to adequately explain what drove nine experienced hikers from their tents so frantically that they ripped through the material from the inside; or how their bodies came to be exposed to such dangerous amounts of radiation that it was still detected weeks later. And no one knows why they were discovered hundreds of yards from their camp, half dressed and with internal injuries including broken ribs and fractured skulls, but with no external wounds at all. The body of one young woman was even missing her tongue.

Present Day: Five ambitious American college students are issued a grant to return to the site of the original events in the belief that they can uncover and document the truth of what happened at Dyatlov's Pass. But what they find is more shocking than anything they could have imagined. Their trek through the Ural Mountains, retracing the steps of that ill-fated journey, is plagued by strange and increasingly terrifying phenomena, all of which suggest that in spite of their desolate surroundings, they are not alone. The forces behind the Dyatlov Pass Incident have been waiting for them.

The students' recently recovered footage -- the only clue to what happened to them -- was deemed too disturbing for public eyes. But, like everything else connected to Dyatlov's Pass, the truth has found its way out.

About Renny Harlin

Renny Harlin has established himself in Hollywood as a filmmaker with the ability to identify and develop a wide range of material. His credits span multiple genres and include both action-oriented blockbusters and critically acclaimed dramas. Harlin's films have generated over a billion dollars in Box Office receipts, in the theatrical market alone.

Harlin just completed his newest film titled, "The Dyatlov Pass Incident" (2013), which is a found footage film based on the real events of the 1959 incident in which nine Russian Hikers went missing in the Ural Mountains and were found two weeks later, dead from what Russian Officials can only determine as an "unknown compelling force". The film was shot in Russia, in early 2012, in very close proximity to where the original events took place. The story follows five American college students who travel to Russia, present day, to retrace the steps of the original group. The film will be released theatrically in the Spring of 2013.

At the end of 2011, Harlin directed an episode of the popular USA Network show, "Burn Notice", and then was immediately invited back for the Season Finale. After only ten months, Harlin had directed four episodes of "Burn Notice" including a Season Finale, and a mid-Season Finale; an episode of "White Collar"; and the Season Finale of "Covert Affairs"; all for the USA Network. Harlin also traveled to Ft Lauderdale, Florida to direct three back-to-back episodes of the USA Network's new action thriller titled "Graceland" to begin airing in the Summer of 2013.

In recent years, Harlin directed films such as; "5 Days of War" (2011), a drama centered around the war between Russia and Georgia, which focused on an American Journalist, his Cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire. The film stars Rupert Friend, Richard Coyle, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Andy Garcia and Val Kilmer. Harlin also directed the action thriller "12 Rounds" (2009), for WWE Films and Fox Atomic, produced by the Mark Gordon Company. "12 Rounds" was released theatrically by Twentieth Century Fox, and in June 2009, the DVD Release debuted as #1 in DVD sales, Blu-ray sales and Rentals simultaneously. Also, Harlin's film, "Cleaner" (2007) debuted as a Gala screening at The 32nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival, the 55th Annual San Sebastian Film Festival and the 18th Annual Stockholm International Film Festival. "Cleaner" is a dramatic thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes and Keke Palmer. Jackson plays a former cop turned crime scene Cleaner who unwittingly cleans up a murder scene and disposes of all evidence.

Harlin has mastered the thriller genre with numerous films. First, in 2004, when he joined forces with Warner Bros. to create the domestic and international box office hit, "Exorcist: the Beginning" the prequel to the legendary film. Then with the 2005 psychological thriller "Mindhunters" for Dimension Films. The film had a stellar cast including Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, LL Cool J and Clifton Collins Jr. In 2006 he went on to direct commercial teen-thriller ensemble "The Covenant" for Sony Screen Gems, in which he Cast several actors, who at that point had never been on-screen, like; Taylor Kitsch, Chace Crawford and Sebastian Stan.

Harlin initially distinguished himself by directing "A Nightmare on Elm Street IV: The Dream Master", a film that, at the time of its release in 1988, became the highest grossing independent film of all time. He followed that with the dark comedy "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" and the box office smash "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" starring Bruce Willis. In 1993, Harlin directed and produced the blockbuster "Cliffhanger". The action thriller starred Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, and Janine Turner and helped establish Harlin as one of Hollywood's premiere action directors.

Harlin went on to direct and produce 1997's critically acclaimed "The Long Kiss Goodnight" which starred Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.

In 1999, Harlin thrilled audiences with the Warner Bros. summer hit "Deep Blue Sea". Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, and L.L. Cool J, "Deep Blue Sea" grossed over $160 million worldwide. Harlin reunited with Warner Bros. in April 2001 with "Driven", an open wheel racing film featuring Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, and Estella Warren. The film revolved around a veteran racer who is lured back to the tracks to help a fast-rising rookie.

Harlin's career has also included successful efforts as a producer. In 1991, Harlin made his producing debut with the critically lauded "Rambling Rose". The film starred Robert Duvall, Lukas Haas, Laura Dern, and Diane Ladd. Harlin received an Independent Spirit Award for best independent movie of the year and Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Dern) and Best Supporting Actress (Ladd).

Harlin has also produced the romantic comedies "Speechless", which starred Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, and Christopher Reeve for MGM, and "Blast From the Past", which starred Alicia Silverstone, Brendan Fraser, Sissy Spacek, and Christopher Walken for New Line Cinema.

Harlin's production company Midnight Sun Pictures is based in Los Angeles, where he also resides.