The Devil’s Pass is very entertaining found footage horror film that most people have missed. It has mind blowing ending that I recommend highly.
The Devil’s Pass follows a group of American students who are investigating the true life mystery of nine Russian hikers who befell unexplained deaths while hiking in the Russian mountains in 1959. But what they discovered was something very terrifying.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
The Devil’s Pass plays with the real event called “The Dyatlov Pass incident.” The Dyatlov Pass incident refers to the unsolved deaths of nine Russian hikers in the northern Ural Mountains in Russia in 1959. During the night, something caused them to tear their way out of their tents and flee the campsite while inadequately dressed for heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. After the group’s bodies were discovered, the authorities determined that six had died from hypothermia while the other three showed signs of physical trauma. One victim had a fractured skull; two others had major chest fractures. Additionally, another team member was missing their tongue and eyes. The investigation concluded that an “unknown compelling force” had caused the deaths.
The Devil’s Pass is filmed in found footage style. These American students went missing, but they left behind video footages of their experiences. You are watching this found footage video.
The pace of the movie is bit slow. First half of the movie is about their journey to Russia and meeting different people on their way. Intensity starts to build up second half of the movie where they were camping at the spot where nine hikers went missing.
The best part of the movie is the big surprise ending. It is totally unexpected. It will blow your mind.
Although acting is just average and some of the characters are bit annoying, the movie is worthwhile to watch.
Spoiler Ending (Spoiler Alert!)
The Devil’s Pass has very creative theory about that happened to the nine Russian hikers in the northern Ural Mountains. The theory is that the Russians have discovered a time portal deep inside the mountain. The Russians were studying this time portal trying use it as advantage during the Cold War against United States. In order to study the time portal, they have sent people through the portal. From the experiment, they have discovered that these people are turning into dangerous creature with super strength, and it became very dangerous. So eventually, they have shut down the experiment and hide the time portal from the world. Until these 5 American students discovered it by accident.
First sign of trouble for these 5 American students was the avalanche and two Russians who are shooting at them. This tells us that the current Russian government knows about this hidden bunker and they are trying to scare them away from the bunker.
The movie gets very intense when the students discovered the hidden bunker deep inside the mountains. First strange thing that they discovered inside the bunker is the camera. It turned out to be the same camera that they are using to film. This was the first hint that the movie has time travel elements in it.
Eventually everyone dies except for the two students. At the end, they are trapped inside the room with the time portal. They had no choice but to go through the time portal since if they leave the room, they are going to get killed by the monsters. So they went inside the portal not knowing what is going to happened to them.
It turned out that they have travelled back in time to 1950’s when the Russian were experimenting with the time portal. Also their body has mutilated. The Russians brought them back inside the bunker with their video camera. This is the same video camera that they found inside the bunker earlier.
So they have been locked in the bunker for many years until these American students have discovered the the bunker. The mind blowing surprise is that these students were basically attacked by them.
In the Nutshell
The Devil’s Passe is found footage horror with mind blowing ending. To maximize the enjoyment, it is best if you go into the movie completely blind. Don’t even watch the trailer. I give 5 out of 5 stars.
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Genre: Found Footage
Rottentomatoes Rating: 53% / 29%
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