Devil's Pass (2013) Script

Okay, I'm rolling.

My name is Holly King.

I'm a psychology student at the University of Oregon.

In 2008, I saw a news report about 30 elite scientists that had gotten together in a remote area of the Ural Mountains in Russia.

They were trying to solve a mystery that had baffled the world for almost 50 years.

It had become known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident after a leader of an expedition there in 1959 named Igor Dyatlov.

They failed, but I was riveted by the story.

So when my favorite professor, Dr. Kittles, assigned the class a project on that very same incident, I couldn't believe it.

I mentioned it to a buddy of mine, Jensen, a film student here, and he said that we should make a film.

So we applied for a grant, and... we got it.

Okay? Mm-hmm.

So tell us what happened.

Uh, I first heard about the incident when a Russian journalist named Yuri Yarovoi published a fictionalized account of it in a book.

Of course, they had him killed.

I mean, it didn't matter that he fictionalized it.

They didn't want anybody talking about Dyatlov.

And I began using the facts of the incident as a teaching exercise in psychology because there's so much that we know about what happened at Dyatlov's Pass, so many details, and yet the whole thing remains shrouded in mystery.

What are some of the explanations that you tend to get?

The most common, cold, scientific explanation I get is a condition called hypothermic dementia.

Hypothermic dementia.

Yup, that is literally what everybody says.

But, um, my favorite is, um, "paradoxical undressing."

That does actually happen, though, to people suffering with severe hypothermia.

They get disoriented, think that they're overheating, and then start taking off their clothes.

Come on!

Holly, these were nine experienced backpackers.


You're telling me that they all got severe hypothermia at the same time on the same night?


They'd been out there for three days already.

Why, then?

An avalanche is another frequent answer.

That is even stupider than paradoxical undressing.


If they could hear an avalanche, then why did they stay away from the camp for three hours with no shoes?

But in truth, there are innumerable answers to the question.

Most of my students will project their own fears onto it.

The Russian military.

I really expect my students to do more than to come up with a believable explanation.

I want them to put themselves in the place of those people so that they can try to understand why the victims did what they did.

That is the answer I'm looking for.

We're gonna find out the truth.

Even though they'll never find it.

What do you mean?

There is no truth.

The first leg of our journey will take us from Eugene, Oregon, to Chelyabinsk, Russia.

You're not gonna use that stupid dotted red line thing to show us traveling, right?


Our ultimate destination is the Kholat Syakhl, literally translated "the Mountain of the Dead," seriously, a name the Mansi tribe gave it due to many accounts of mysterious deaths and disappearances throughout history.

So we found ourselves an audio engineer, Denise Evers.

She was the only audio person on campus that could handle the, uh, physical requirements.

A lot of skinny dudes in audio.

Hey, what's wrong with skinny dudes?

Oh. Uh, sorry, my bad.

And then we found two capable guides.

I'm Andy Thatcher, president of the Northwest Trail Association.

I've climbed just about every mountain worth climbing in the U.S.

I've also hiked the A.T.

Sorry, the what?

The Appalachian Trail. Okay.

It runs from Maine to Georgia. It took me all summer.

So you think that you can handle this?


Okay, what makes you want to do this, Andy?

Well, like I said, I've climbed pretty much just about everything worth climbing in the U.S.

It's time for a new challenge.

Are you scared?

No. Really?

It's just that, you know, we're re-creating a trip in which nine people died.

Yeah, what, like, 50 years ago?

I mean, come on.

Even if it was the Abominable Snowman...


He's dead or moved on by now.

And you are? He's JP Hauser.

JP. Got it.

And you think that you're ready for this?

Man, he spent a year hiking in the Himalayas.

He's ready.

Really? Yeah.

Yeah, I took a little time off.

A lot of time off. Cool.

Like, Hauser like Hauser Hall?

Like the building that we're in front of right now?

That's the one. Cool.

That reminds me; I got to get to Philosophy.

I'll catch you kids later.


Now that we had our crew, it was time to get busy.

We studied our maps and secured our gear.

We gathered our rations and supplies.

And then we trained in the local mountains.

We were all getting excited and eager to go.

I hate these freakin' snowshoes.

But you look so cool in them, Jensen.

Hey, I think you guys are getting the hang of it!

Almost as much as I hate him.


And now it's January 25th.

Time to go.

The search continues today for five Oregon University students who disappeared last month in the Ural Mountains.

You may recall that three days ago, rescue workers uncovered items that apparently belonged to the students, including tents, backpacks, and other equipment.

Our Russian correspondent, Ivan Kudryavtsev, with Russian news channel 24, has more.

Thank you, Ivan.

The students were re-creating the ill-fated journey undertaken by Igor Dyatlov and eight other Russian hikers

50 years ago for a documentary.

The most promising lead recovered was the students' recording equipment.

Experts reviewed the footage without releasing it to the public, but today a group of hackers calling themselves ConspiraLeaks gained access to the footage and posted it on their website.

I opened the door, and the darkness swallowed me, just like in my dreams.

Hey, come on. Come on. Hey, hey, hey.

That was a dream.

I'm sorry.

It was a dream.

Jensen, we're never gonna get out of here.

I'm sorry.

So we've landed in Russia, and the next leg of our journey takes us from Chelyabinsk into the Ural Mountains to a town called Ivdel.

Nice tattoo, angel.

Got matching wings or just the one?

Just the one, and it hurt like hell.

Yeah, I bet.

Any others we should know about?

Maybe something you want to show the camera?

In your dreams, perv.

Now, tell us about that phone.

My phone? Oh, yeah.

It's equipped with a GPS. Reversal GPS, that is.

And when there's no cell signal, the GPS on here can navigate for us anywhere in the world.


I've got oil; I can't get it off with this, baby.

You know I didn't bring any fluid.

Don't do me like this.

Are you talking to your camera?

I'm talking to Lucille.

You talk to her like she's a girl?

Film guys get very attached to their cameras.

Don't listen to 'em, baby. They're just jealous.

Ah, thank you.

Very attached.

Spasibo. Thank you.


So what is it about all of that that makes you guys think, "I just want to strap on a backpack and spend a week out there?"

Well, it's a test, you know?

Man against the elements.

People survived for thousands of years without any of this kind of stuff.

Still got it in you to do without?

You bet your ass, I do.

You're awfully confident.

Well, you go out into all that anything less than confident, you're not coming back.


What about you, JP?


I just figure we only get one go-around, you know?

I want to try to do and see as much as possible.

And I've got everything I need in that pack to survive for months.

That pack?

Years, maybe. Yeah, that pack.

I mean, how many people can say that?

I hope that we don't need to survive for that long.

Well, you never know.

You never know.

Guys, say hi from Ivdel!

Hola! Hi!

We're spending one night in Ivdel so we can interview a man named Piotr Karov.

He was actually the tenth member of the Dyatlov group but got sick on the first day out and had to turn back.

Not long after, he had some kind of breakdown and has been in a psychiatric hospital here ever since.

Hey, hey. Don't--hey.

No! Don't touch the camera.

Turn that off! No recording!

I just want to get you saying that on camera.

You must go now, please!

Come on, Ivan! The Cold War's over.

We're friends now.

Why can't we interview Piotr Karov?

He's dead. What?

Now go. How did he die?



Sure are friendly, huh? Yeah.

Hey, Holly, top window.


Is that him?

I don't understand!

Whoa. Did you see that?

Was that for us? What did it say?

You guys--you guys saw that, right?

Yeah. What the hell?

I know I'm starting to sound like Jensen, but I believe that was Piotr Karov we saw in that window, and I really want to know what was on that note he showed us.

But since we can't see him and trains don't run here, we're trying to find a ride to a town called Vizhay, where we'll begin our hike.

You know, I'm not sure we should have sent Jensen to be our American emissary.

That guy could restart the Cold War.

Okay, so these guys say that there is a local bar just down this way that we should check out, because a couple of the locals might have family in Vizhay, so we might be able to hitch a ride.

Sound good?

Cool. Let's go.

A bar sounds good to me.

You took us the wrong way, man.

I did not!

This is the way he said we should go!

Oh! That's what I'm talkin' about!

Oh, yes, a bar. Jensen one, Andy zero.

Oh, look at that; you can't take your dogs inside.

Looks like you're going home alone.

That's hilarious. Boomtown!

Hey, Holly, you know why there's no drunk driving in Russia?

No. Ta-da!

Hey, hey, we should take a picture!

Come on. Yeah.

Yeah, I got a timer on my camera.

Only if we can do "thug life" on three.

If that's so, I insist.

Let's go.

Let's do it.

Okay, one... Cheese.

Two, three.

West Coast, thug life. Let's do it.

Do you speak English?

Of course. Ha!

Something to drink? Yes, please.

Jensen, we're looking for a ride here.

We are young, attractive people in a foreign land, and we would like a drink.

Where you going?


Now, about that drink...

Vizhay? What for?

We're making a documentary about the Dyatlov Pass Incident.


Then you must try this.

Oh. Oh.

Oh! Whoa, he's got something.

See what you've done now?

What do we got? VIP, gentlemen.

Oh, come at me, shot.

It's 'cause you're with me.

Oh, it's a shot? Oh, God.

You're with me, so you get special treatment.

That's why.

Can I get a cigarette with mine?

Yeah, I think there's plenty around.

What do you think, Holly?

The unmarked bottle of doom.

Dusty bottle. The rape bottle.

Yo. Shh, shh.

Oh, my God, do you smell that?

Yeah. Oh, God, no.

It stinks. It stinks.

Maybe not so full. Fill it up.

That is big.

Let's do it.

Okay, should I pass 'em around?

Wait. Wait. Wait.

Oh. Oh.

Hello. More?


Oh, God. It's gonna be messy.

It's college all over again.

It's about to get messy up in this bitch.

Can we take? Please.

Gentlemen. Thank you.

Come at me, shot. Get on me, shot.

To the success of your trip.

Thank you.

Um, nostrovia. What?

Well, I may not know anything about the people or the culture or the history or the women of Russia, but I did my homework on good bar etiquette, so...

Okay. All right.

Cheers. Cheers, guys.

Oh, God.

Oh, that's some serious shit. It's so good.

What are you guys, pussies? Oh, my God, that burns.

What is that?

Uh, samogon.

Samogon. - Samogon.

Oh, it's, um-- it's like Russian moonshine.

Yeah. So why serve us samogon?

Uh, they had it right here before they left.

Who? Who had it here?

Dyatlov--they drank this before they left.

♪ Dun, dun, dun, dun ♪ Stop it. It's not funny!

It's not a bad omen at all, right?

No, come on. It's just a coincidence.

I believe we will take one more round, my friend.

Yeah. Rack 'em up.

You're making movie? That's right.

And going to Vizhay, yes?

Yeah. Do you know how we can get there?

I will take you.


Oh. You will? Okay.

We leave tomorrow.

Yes, that's great. Can you take all of us?

No problem.

I told you, man, it'd work out.

Okay, can we get, uh, this guy a drink?



Thank you very much.

No problem. I am Sergei.

See, this isn't so bad.

Who put Jensen in charge of transportation?

At least we got the ladies, bro.

Keep dreaming.

How far is it to Viz--

Vizhay? About 40 miles.



At least we have enough potato to choke donkey.

Come on, Denise. Let's go.


My eyelids are frozen shut.

It's not funny! What do I do?

Here, hold still.

Go easy on her, Andy.

Here, hold on.

Ow! Shit.

Hold on. One more.



There you go. There you go. Better?

Yeah, thanks.

You okay?


Oh, man.

Cold out here? It kind of feels--

You got a bit of-- your eye--

It feels kind of cold.

All right, let's go!

Whoa! No, man.

What? That's not cool.

I'll give you 1,000 bucks if you lick that bumper.

I'll give you $1 if you blow JP.

Come on, guys.

Hey, you're gonna love this.

Turns out that Sergei is here to visit his aunt.

How exciting.

No, she says that she was part of the first rescue team at the scene at Dyatlov.

Wait. Really?

Yes, I can ask if she speak to you if you want.

Yes, yes. I want. I want.

I'll be in movie, right?

You bet. She speak English?

Better than me.

Can you translate something for me?

Here, take the camera. Yeah, sure.

Let's get inside and meet his aunt.

What's her name?

Alya. She was a schoolteacher.

What is it?

The note that Igor held up.

Like this? Yeah, I think so.

What does it mean?

"Stay away."

Tell us what happened.

My brother Vallik, Sergei's father, found first body.

I still remember how he was screaming when he turned her over.

Go on.

It didn't take long time to find the others.

A trail.

A trail of bodies.

We found two.

And the woman led to big tree where they had built a fire.

There we found two and four more in the ravine.

We were so sad but not surprised.

Then we found nobody had survived.

But this scene was so strange.

I felt the people getting nervous.

I felt it too.

Something was wrong with that place.

I walked away, just wanted to get away from it.

That's when I found two others on the north side.

There was something wrong with them, more wrong than the others, and something in the snow near them.

A machine.

So strange.

Sorry. Let's--let's cut a minute.

So you found 11 bodies.


You--you're sure?

I know what I saw, young lady.

I will never forget it.

It's just, the report, the photos of the scene, everything says that there were only nine.

The report?

You believe what everyone tell you to believe?

Or you believe your own eyes?

I will drop you at trailhead.

We really can't thank you enough, Sergei.

I told you.

What did you tell me?

Aliens. What else could this be?

What about the military?

You said yourself they were conducting experiments back then.

Well, I'm changing my vote to aliens now.

Yeah, that makes way more sense, Jensen.

How about it, Andy?

What do you think of Jensen's alien theory?


Hmm, he's the strong, silent type, huh?

I don't think Andy agrees with your theory.


Do you think you have enough footage of me?

Get some of the mountains.

But you're so much more interesting, JP.

Hey, Andy, Denise cannot take her eyes off you.

Yeah, I get that a lot.

Oh, Jesus.

You're such an asshole.

So, guys, is it everything that you hoped?


Hell, yeah.

JP, at a loss for words?

Is that it?

Is that what?

The Kholat Syakhl.


The Mountain of the Dead.


As you can see, the weather changes quickly.

And it has.

My snowshoe again.

Piece of shit.

I would not want to die here.

Weather should get better over the next hill.

Get some Beefaroni going.

Jensen! Yo!

Just one more shot!

Come on.

You guys, this is awesome.

So, Mr. Hauser, tell us about cooking on the trail.


Well, we like to keep it as simple and light as possible.


I give you...

♪ Dun dun dun ♪ Dehydrated mountain chili.

It's delicious.

You know I'm a vegetarian, right?



Well, I don't know.

You're lucky I have macaroni and cheese, huh?


All right.

So all we do is boil some water.

You're using snow, though.

Yeah, well, we need to conserve our fresh water.

But don't worry; boiling snow will kill any bacteria that's in there.

That smells amazing.

JP, sir, you are a king of kings.

Dude, you might want to wait so you don't... burn your mouth.

Oh, Jensen!

Ouch. Idiot.

Why would you give me that when you knew how hot it was?

You're so dumb.

I still can't taste anything.

Serves you right.

Got a little surprise for everybody.

What's up?


I was holding out on you.

Oh, that looks good.

You've had that the whole time?

I sleep fine anywhere.

I got a little surprise for you too, Denise.

Really? What's that?

Yeah, I made it earlier when I was chopping up some wood.

Thank you.

Nice. That is not coming in the tent.

What do I do with it?

I can show you later if you want.

I'm sure you can.

How many nights we got with these guys?

Uh, two.


How's everyone's Beefaroni?

It's good. Gourmet.

Want some? No, thanks.


Oh, Jensen. Show me your beautiful eyes.

That is sexy.

Is it sexy?

How's your, uh-- how's your first experience on a professional film set working out?

Oh, is this a professional film set?

This is a profess-- this is best as it gets, top of the game.

It's fun, man.

How you holdin' up with the hike?

Fine. Yeah?

Easy. Yeah, really?

I could do it in my sleep.

Come at me, hike. Come at me, hike.

Come at me, mountains.

We were thinking you could lead the expedition tomorrow.

I think we're gonna stick with A-Thatch.

I think that's probably pretty smart.

It's his confidence that does it for me.

I heard there's a few other things that do it for you, huh?

Jesus Christ.

I didn't even hear that, and I'm glad.

You didn't want to hear it. It was hilarious.


Isn't it beautiful?


The northern lights.

Oh, right.

Yeah, it's very... lovely.

How's your tongue?


You know, if you're not interested in the aurora borealis, Denise's tent is over there.

Believe it or not, I'm not actually perving on Denise right now.

Okay. What are you doing?

In the week leading up to the incident, there were reports of orange lights in the sky.

Six totally separate witnesses.


That's what most people think.

The official response was

"unusual atmospheric conditions."

So, um, moonlight reflecting off clouds, things like that.

But you don't believe that.

Hey, you guys should get some sleep!

If we get an early enough start, we should hit the site tomorrow.



Big day.

Yeah, um, I'm just gonna be a minute.


What was that?

What was what?

That sound.

Never mind.

Holly, get up! What?

Something was here! I'm coming.

You got to see this.

It's just Jensen; he's screwing around.

Holy shit. What the hell?

Okay, we're rolling. Denise?

I don't like this.

Denise, if anything was gonna happen, it would have happened last night.

You don't know that.

I wouldn't put you in any danger.

I know that it's weird, but that's why we have to get it on film, okay?

All right, whatever.

Can you guys wait a sec?


You're a dick.

Okay, so we woke up this morning, and we found something weird: footprints lurking between these two rocks and around the tents.

The shape is weird.

See how big that one is?

And then the other one is even bigger.

Two different sets, two different people.

Whoa! People?

I'm not talking about yetis, Jensen.

Oh, come on!

Look at the size of these things.

What else could do that?

I don't know. A bear, a snow tiger?

What the-- a snow tiger?

Snow tigers are all extinct, genius.


It gets weirder.

Anyone hiking in this kind of snow needs specialized boots.

They need to have a lot of grip, so they either have spikes or very defined grooves.

But these are smooth.

Whoever it was, they were barefoot.

Now, Andy tells us that as low as the temperature gets at night here, you'd lose your toes in ten minutes.

Which would explain a yeti.

It's not a freaking yeti!

How do you know?

'Cause yetis don't freaking exist!

You don't exist! For God's sake, Jensen!

Okay, we're rolling.

None of the footprints lead into or out of the camp.

It's like something dropped out of the sky, walked around in barefoot while we were sleeping, and then took off again.

Do yetis fly too?

They might.

Hey. Can we pack up now, please?

Andy, are there really snow tigers here?

No, there's no freakin' tigers here.

Come on.

We don't have to cross that, do we?


You guys all right? You've been quiet all morning.

Yeah, we're fine.

You don't seem fine.

We just don't like being messed with is all.

Do you think that we're messing with you?

No, we think Bigfoot was checking out our campsite last night.

How could we possibly fake that?

Oh, you're right, Holly.

No one's ever faked footprints in the snow before.

Freakin' amateur, man.

He's right, Holls.

It's cool to cut loose and have some fun, but look around you.

This is the last place in the world you want to have everyone freaked out.

You don't know what you're talking about.

So needless to say, we're all a little on edge this morning.

Holly! Do you hear that?

So we're searching where we think those strange sounds came from.

We've listened to the tape, and no one can even begin to explain what it is.

And then we found these, just like at the campsite.

No tracks in or out.

We're getting a little freaked out.

Holly! Come look at this!

More footprints!

What is it?

It's a weather tower.

They put them in remote areas like this.

That propeller at the top measures wind speed.

Well, not anymore, it doesn't.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. What are you doing?

Look at the footprints.

Whatever made that sound was here, and I want to know why.


Hang on. What the--

Are you okay? You all right?


You sure? Uh-huh.

Holly, wait. A tongue?

This isn't safe, Holly.

Yeah, that's what it looked like.

It's not nothing. It's a tongue.

We should just leave right now!

Denise, can you just--

What about the footprints?

It's probably from an animal.

Please, can you just give us a minute?

Hey, hey, hey, come on.

Look, she's just messing around with us for her stupid movie.

Come on.

Okay? Yeah.

Are you okay?

Yeah, yeah.

I'm just a bit freaked out. That's all.

Well, you know, everyone's a little rattled, but--

I heard about this mountain pass in China where birds fly into walls and people and animals go crazy and die.

And it's all because the wind generates a four-megahertz sound that makes people go insane.

Do you think that--

That the wind is making us crazy?

No, Jensen, we all saw the tape and heard whatever it was.

Please, tell me what's wrong.

I've heard them before.

Jesus, Jensen.

I had a, um--

I had a really bad trip when I was in high school.

Like, on acid?

Okay, I've never done it.

It's, uh--it's fun at first.

It's kind of like, um, all your brain cells are firing at the same time for the first time in your life.

Then it got a little weird, and I heard them.

And they were chasing me, and I was just running.

And the next thing I remember, um, the cops were picking me up and I was in the middle of the street, screaming about demons.

And... now I'm out here with you, and here they are.

Okay, sweetie.

When I was a kid, yeah, I used to have this dream about this place.

It was exactly the same-- the mountains, the snow, everything.

And it was like there was this magnet pulling me toward it.

And, you know, I'd get out here, and then there's this door.

A door.

And I don't want to open it, but I have to.

And then, like, on the other side, there's just this darkness, like blackness, and it swallows me up.

And I used to wake up, like, absolutely screaming, and my parents said that I was having, um, those night terrors.

And they took me to a shrink, and he put me on pills, and nothing worked, okay?

And then I saw that news report about the scientists, and I just knew.

I said, "That's it. Oh, my God.

That's the place that I've been dreaming about."

And this is how I know that we are all gonna do what nobody else has been able to do and we are gonna figure out what happened to those people, okay?

You were just meant to be here too.

Uh-huh? So how's that for crazy?

You've been hanging out with me for too long, man.

You're supposed to be our Velma.

What's that?


The dog?

Yeah-- No, no, Velma.

You know, she's--

In the gang, she's, like, the smart, the intelligent one, with short hair and--

Thank you.

She says, "Jinkies." I've never seen it.

Okay, whatever.

Hey, unless you guys want to camp here, we should get going.

I definitely don't want to camp here, okay?


This mountain really is amazing.

Did I already mention how much I hate these freakin' snowshoes?



Guys, wait!

Come on, slowpoke.

Guys, wait! This is it! We're here!

A break. Oh, thank God.

Are you sure?

I've seen the pictures a hundred times.

This is it. This is where it happened.

This is Dyatlov's Pass.

Can you pass the other one over?


53 years ago today, nine people set up camp on this very ground, ate dinner, and went to bed.

At some point between 9:00 and 11:00 that night, something that Russian officials could only identify as "an unknown compelling force" caused all nine of them to flee from their tent in such terror that they ripped through it and fled into the night.

It was 17 degrees below zero.

You're gonna love this footage, Andy.

You look like a TV chef.

Oh, yeah? Which one?

The gay one.

That's harsh.

That's real cute, Jensen.

Rustem Slobotkin, 23, the first of them to fall.

Igor Dyatlov, 23, the group's leader and the most experienced hiker.

It was probably his idea to try for the tents.

Zinaida Kolmogorova, 22.

She was just a year older than I am now.

She got the closest to the camp before succumbing.

The only victim showing any sign of a struggle, she was missing her tongue and a large portion of her oral cavity.

Lyudmila Dublinina, 21.

Nicholas Thibeaux-Brignollel.

Alexander Zolotarev.

Alexander Kolevatov.

The cause of death for all the victims was determined to be hypothermia.

But Rustem and Nicholas also had severely crushed skulls, and Lyudmila and Alexander Zolotarev had a number of broken ribs.

But none of the bodies had any defensive injuries, no external injuries whatsoever.

Somehow something managed to crush the skulls of two men and shatter the ribs of Lyudmila and Alexander without leaving so much as a bruise.

Also, Alexander's body tested positive for high levels of radiation.


Where out here did Alexander encounter so much radiation?

And why only him?

Georgyl Krivonischenko, 24.

Yuri Doroshenko, 21.

While the others ran, they sat quietly by their dying fire and calmly froze to death.

What's up, Andy?


Doesn't look like nothing.

The GPS is all screwed up.

It should have alerted us when we got to site.

We're lucky you spotted it.

And I supposed you think that that's my fault too.

I don't know. Did you screw with it?


Well, if she did, she managed to get ahold of my watch too.

My altimeter is toast.

And look at this. That compass is a Suunto.

It got me through the Himalayas, and it's always worked perfectly everywhere but here.

I think we should go.

What? We just got here.

Look, we don't have to go back yet, but we're flying blind without a GPS or a reliable map.

Well, what's wrong with the map?

We shouldn't be here yet.

What do you mean?

According to the map, we've covered 14 miles today.

There's no way we could have gotten here before midnight.

So what? So we were fast.

Look, let's just pack up and keep moving until the compass stops acting up.

There's obviously some kind of-- I don't know--magnetic field in the rock here or something.

We can start up somewhere new, and nobody'd be able to tell the difference.

It won't match the footage that we shot before, though.

Screw the footage, Holly.

Something obviously is wrong. We should just leave.

If we start packing now, we can make it.

No, no. No, no, no, no.

I don't want to camp here either, but by the time we get packed up and get moving, we're gonna be hiking in the dark.

It's no good.

Guys, it's for one night.

You know, people lived for thousands of years without watches and GPS.

I think that we could make one night.

It's what we all came here for.

All right. All right, I'll start dinner.

Thank you.


I'm ruining date night over there.

Starting to feel like a third wheel.

I just don't understand what she sees in somebody like him.

I mean, he's just such an arrogant...

Confident. Self-important...

Rugged. Douche bag.


Yeah, you know, there is room in that tent, I'm sure, if you want to go and join them.


Maybe for you too.

I'm sure you'll have a boyfriend as nice as Andy one day, so...

What are you doing?

Nothing. I'm just gonna...

Oh, shit.

Thank you.

Thank you.

This is one of the reasons that you can't meet anyone.

No, I can't meet anybody because everybody thinks I'm dating you.

Oh, you wish.

Um... look, I was thinking about what Ranger Rick said about this being a magnetic field.


What if it's not?


Why don't you tell the folks at home what you got there?

So this is a fairly basic Geiger counter.

Um, without getting too complicated, it detects levels of radiation.

As you can hear, there is definitely radiation in this area.

It could be, uh, uranium in the rock here.

It's nothing dangerous, but it's--it's way more than we should be seeing.


And the source of it is definitely coming from here.

Let's check it out.

Over this way.

Watch your step.

Oh. Yeah.

Lucille does not like this.

I think that we found something.

Hey, Jensen.

See how the ice is thinner there?

Yeah. The snow.

Yeah? What about it?

It looks like someone's been here.

Maybe, like, even in the last few days.

Be careful.


Here, right up here.

Holly, be careful. Okay.


Jensen, I don't think that this is a rock.

Oh, shit. Are you getting this?

I'm getting it. I'm getting it.

Jensen, this--

Shit. Be careful.

Can you see this? Yes.

Keep going. Keep going.

Come on.

What is that?

I don't know. It's--

Oh, my God.

Oh, Jensen. Do you see that?

Tell the camera what you see. Oh, Jensen!

What do you see? Come on!

It's like a cave or something.

Oh, my God, Jensen, it's--

You got to put the camera down and come help me.

There's a door.


Put the camera down.

Got to get this on film.

This is so weird.

Of course it's weird, Jensen. Look.

It's a door in the middle of a mountain.

It locks from the outside.

It's designed to keep something in.

Yeah, but what?


Look, man, come on!

The Russian government has spent a lot of time and effort building a big, solid door in the side of a mountain to keep whatever's inside in there.

I don't think we should be--

Jensen, what the hell are we here for?

Do you want to know if the "unknown compelling force" is a yeti or an alien or a...

Soviet-engineered superman?

I want to know what happened here, and the answer is behind that door!

So would you just help me open it, please?



It's moving.

It's already open.

It's--it's frozen shut at the seams.

Well, that's good.

That means that we can-- we can get it open.

We just need to melt the ice.

Let me get the guys.

We'll get some hot water, and we can--

No, no, no, not them. What?

Jesus. Uh, no, because...


They're already really jumpy, okay?

And this is just gonna freak them out, and...

I just--

I don't want to move camp, okay?

So we'll tell them about it tomorrow.

We'll just leave it now, and then we'll come back, okay?

Hey, guys. What's up?

Want to go to bed?

Yeah, sure.

Good night.

All right.

Night, Holly. Good night.

You guys have a good one.

Night, guys.

What are you reading?

Slaughterhouse Five.

You don't like Vonnegut?

No, I love that book.

I was just thinking about it yesterday.

It's good. Very impressive.

Have a seat, Professor.


Just let me put this down.

You know... it's impossible to get warm when you're sitting on snow all the time.

Yeah, I think my ass has been numb since we left Vizhay.

So did you guys find anything with the Geiger counter?

No, perfectly safe.

Well, that's good, I guess.

I mean, I know you were hoping to find something for your movie.

There's still time.

Young love.

I wouldn't be too sure about that.

Um, Thatch is a good dude, but I'm not sure he's boyfriend material.

Really? I think they look cute.

It's because he's a master of the trail hookup.

The trail hookup?


There it is. Oh, man.

Uh, the trail hookup.

You get a girl out in the middle of nowhere, especially where it's cold.

She needs someone to snuggle up with...

How romantic. Oh, God.

That's not the worst of it.

He has herpes?

No, not that I know of.

Uh, you know that camera on his phone?

Oh, no. He records it?

It's not just for shooting landscapes, yeah.

It's like a digital notch in the bedpost.

No, Denise!

Oh, she's going down.

So where's your trail game?


I'd like to introduce you to my young friend Colonel Whiskey.

Hello, Colonel.

Yes, please.

John Patrick Hauser, are you trying to get me drunk?

Well, it's either that or wait for a little paradoxical undressing.

I'll take a little bit of that.



Hey. Hey.

You believe those two?

Don't worry; it's just a trail hookup.

What's a trail hookup?

You're still in the running, Casanova.

I'm not sure if I want that guy's sloppy seconds.

Well, you could always curl up with Lucille, right?

Hey, man, you laugh, but... if it was legal in the state of Oregon to marry a camera, then I would do it.

But unfortunately it's not, so we're gonna have to keep our relationship professional.


Well, I am going to... go to sleep.

Right on.

Good night. Good night.

Sweet dreams.

Look, I'm sorry we accused you of faking those footprints.

It's all right.

If I didn't know that I didn't do it, I would have thought exactly the same thing.

No, we jumped to a conclusion that we shouldn't have.

I expect that of Slap-Nuts over there, but I know better.

Well, if you want to make it up to me, you could give me something warm to snuggle up with.

Seriously? Yeah.

Um, yes.

It's, uh, 6:00 a.m.

That makes it the third day of the trip.

And it's time to meet Denise.

What are you doing?


Making a little home movie.

You're ready again?

Don't look so surprised.

I'm not surprised. I'm impressed.

Impressed? Mm-hmm.

Oh, no, no. Turn that off.


Turn it off. Come on.

Don't act like you haven't had sex on camera before.


Well, what better way to remember the best part of the trip, huh?

Oh, the dinner we had in Ivdel?

You mean getting fucked in Ivdel?


Shit. Andy, what the hell was that?

What was that? You heard that, right?

Yeah, fuck. Shit.

Uh, guys? Here.

Everybody okay?

What was that?

What the hell is that?


Denise, grab your equipment!


Denise, get out!


Oh, my God!

Come on! Let's go!

Come on, Denise!

Go! Go! Go! Go!

Andy! Go!

Andy! Denise, no!

Get up, Denise!


Oh, God, it's Andy!

Oh, shit.

Let's get him out of here.

Oh, God, get under his head.

Okay. Come on.

Denise! Denise!


She's gone!

Denise! She's gone!

No way, man.

She could still be breathing somewhere.

She's gone!

Settle down. She's gone!

You left her!

You left her!

Screw you!

She was just another trail hookup to you, wasn't she?

I said shut up right now!

He's right!

There's nothing we can do for her!

They goddamn killed her!

It was an avalanche!

Oh, wake up, man!

They tried to kill us.

They tried to bury us so it would look like an accident!

You crazy bastard!

Shit like that doesn't happen in the real world, okay?

Are you telling me you didn't see those charges, huh?

Or was that a herd of Ukrainian exploding mountain goats?

You don't know what happened!

How would anyone find us out here?

Look around, you joker! Okay, stop!

I had to apply for permits and submit travel plans!

JP, they knew exactly where we were and when we'd be there.

They waited until we were asleep.

Jensen is right!

Somebody is trying to kill us!

Jesus, Holly, you too? Oh, God.

Okay. Tell me, who is it?

The military, man!

This is serious, grade-A...

Shut up!

Both of you, shut up, okay?

I don't want to believe that Denise is gone, but she is, okay?

And now we have to pull together and focus on not losing anybody else.

Andy, what--what do we do? What--

My pack. My pack. There's a first aid kit.

Okay, okay, okay, what now?

Tell us what to do.

You guys have got to reset my leg.

It's the bone.

Oh, okay. Jensen, take the camera.

I can do this. It's okay.

Be careful with my leg. I'm just gonna--

Sorry! Sorry!

Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.

Okay, Andy, Andy, I need to--

I need to cut the pant leg, okay, so you just--

Okay. Out it. Out it. Out it.

I'm gonna be really quick. Okay, okay.

Just don't--

Just--just be brave.

I promise I'm being gentle.

Shit. Shit, okay.

Andy, just stay calm. It's gonna be okay.

Okay, okay. It's fine. It's fine.

I'm just gonna do it this way.

Okay, JP, in a second, I'm gonna need you to get something that we can--

Oh, my God. Okay, okay, okay, okay.

How is it? Okay. It's okay.

How is it? It's okay. It's okay.

I really can't do this, JP.

It's okay. I got it. It's okay.

It's--it's not as bad as you thought.

It's-- Okay.

Jensen, please go get a piece of wood or something we can make a splint with.

Let me see it. No, no, no, no, no!

It's not as bad as you thought.

You're gonna be okay. All right, hold on.

It's gonna be okay. I promise you. I promise you.

I'm just-- I'm just a little squeamish.

This is gonna hurt a little.

This is just gonna hurt a little, okay?

You got to reset it. You got to reset it now.


All right, brother.

I'm gonna go on three, okay?

Take some deep breaths. Get ready. Okay.

Okay. Get ready.

Just do it anyway. All right, on three.

Ready? One.

That wasn't so bad. That wasn't so bad.

It's done. It's done.

Not for you. It's done. It's all over.

Okay. Oh, shit.

Okay, okay, okay. Okay.

It's okay.

Is this thing really on?

Oh, sh--yeah. Turn it off!

I don't want people to see me like this!

Turn it--

I told you that won't work.

I paid for the international plan.

This is so stupid. We need help.

We have to send up the flare.

If whoever did this sees the flare--

Nobody did this!

I don't know, JP. I mean, maybe Jensen's right.


This is why Andy risked his life to go back and get the pack, okay?

It's late enough in Vizhay that somebody will be up.

They have to see it.

Do you have to do that?

No matter how this ends, I want there to be a record of what happened to us so we don't end up another Dyatlov mystery.

If we're gonna do this, can we at least get some cover first?

I don't think that we can move Andy.

What was that?


That look. What the hell's goin' on?

We found something before when we were out with the Geiger counter.

What did you find?

A door.


We've been freezing in this freaking snow all day and there's a freaking bunker here?

We couldn't open it anyway, and the radiation was-- was strong.

How strong?

Not dangerous, but...

You're unbelievable.

Did you plant the footprints?

No, I didn't plant footprints.

I don't believe you.

Fine. Don't believe me.


If somebody did start this avalanche, the reason why is in there, right?


Let's send up the flares.

We'll get some people out here, and that way, whoever is doing this has no option of killing us anymore.


Come on.



Orange lights in the sky.

JP, I'm so sorry.

I should have told you, but you were just-- you guys were so worked up about the compass and--and the map.

And I didn't mean for any of this to happen.

You--you followed a step-by-step plan that killed nine people.

What did you think was gonna happen?

I don't know.

I just--

I've just always been drawn to this place, and I don't know why.

I can't explain it.

I didn't mean for this.

Do you think that anybody saw the flare?

I don't know.

But if we have to sit out here much longer, I'm gonna rip that goddamn door off its hinges, radiation or not, okay?

Okay, looks like it's blueberry pancakes or mac and cheese.

You got to go with blueberry for breakfast.


Hey, Jensen.

Yeah, what's up?

Hey, man.

Man, I'm sorry about Denise.

I really am.

You can think whatever you want to think, but I'm--I'm sorry.

Yeah, me too.

Holy shit, somebody's coming. Look.

Help! We need help!

We saw flares!

Are you all right?

Our friend is hurt!

Don't look. He's lying.

What? They don't have any packs.

How'd they get here so fast?

They were following us.

You see? I told you.

They're the ones that set the charges.

Go. Who?

The military. Go.

We're not leaving you, Andy.

Look, just go! I can't go anywhere.

Help me lift him up.

We'll get you up. We'll get you up.

I can't go anywhere! One, two, three.

Okay, okay. He's right.

Shit. I can't go. I can't. I can't.

Just go. Go without me! Go now!

Jensen, the door.

Okay, got it.

JP, you're gonna follow us, okay?

Wait. Wait.

Give me the flare gun out of the pack.

Give me the flare gun.

Hurry up.

We got to go now. Go.

I'm not gonna leave you here.

We'll send help.

Oh, shit.

Jesus, they're shooting at us. What the--

Oh, Jesus.


Go! Oh, my God!

Come on! JP!

Get up! Get up!

Jensen! JP, come on!


Come on, Holly.

Get up!

Open the door.

Oh, shit, shit, shit. Shit, shit.

Open it!

It's already open. It's just frozen shut.

Guys, guys!

Oh, shit! Oh, shit!

Open it! Get inside! Get inside!

Come on!

Get in!


Shut the door! Shut the damn door!

Lock it!

It locks from the outside! Help me hold it closed.

JP? Uh, yeah?

Are you okay? No, I'm bleeding a lot.

Put pressure on it.

JP, it's all right.

Just stay still for a second.

I dropped the camera.

I need to find the camera.

Okay, I--I got it.

Oh, my God.

What do you see?

Uh, it's a tunnel.

We--we're in a tunnel.

Ah! Help.


What do you see?

Um, um...

Oh, it's a switch, a power switch.

Flip it!

Okay, okay. Fine.

It worked. Oh, thank God.

It worked. Come on.

We need to barricade the door.


Because if it locks from the outside, they can get in whenever they want.

No one's coming in here, man.

They're not gonna waste the bullets.

Goddamn it, Jensen. Just--

No, look. Have you looked around?

No one is coming to save us.

We're on our own.

They know that in a few days, we're gonna dehydrate.

Then they don't have to worry about any mess.

So that's it, then?

They just lock the door and come back in a week?

Unless we can find a way out.

Can you walk? Yeah.

Okay, uh, careful. Be careful.



We go straight. Okay.

Jensen, stay close.

Okay. Just go slow. Go slow.

Turn around! Go! Shit!

Shit, other tunnel! Other tunnel!

Other way.


What? What? What? What?

I just felt something.


Something is here.

Just follow me.

Something is here, Jensen, I swear.

No, it's not.

No, there's nobody down here, guys.

Come on.


Which way?


Just take it easy. Go slow. Go slow.



The lights are still on here.

Stay close.

Okay. Oh, shit.

Don't go too far ahead.

Keep going. Keep going.

Oh, Jesus.

What is this place?

It's a--a lab, I think.

At least it was.

What happened in here?

Who knows?

Sit down. Let me see. Let me see.



Use this.

Yes, okay.

This is gonna hurt.

I'm sorry.

Just rest here for a few minutes.

Uh, I fou-- I found an opening.

Be careful.

Yeah, no problem.

Look at this place.


Ho--Holly, come here. Look at this.

What is it?

It's, uh, a logbook, I think.

I know this word.

You do?

Yeah, I saw it lots of times when I was researching this.

What does it mean?

"Killed in action."

Of course it does.

Can you read anything else?

Just the dates.


1959, the year the hikers were killed.

And then it stops.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

What? It's a boat.

It's the Eldridge.

The USS Eldridge from the Philadelphia Experiment.

What Philadelphia experiment?

Come on.

Have you been under a rock or something?

In 1943, the United States government commissioned experiments on that ship.

What kind of experiments?


Oh, my God.

There were rumors that people wound up fused to the ship, but no one has ever seen anything like this.

These pictures are, like, top, top secret.

Someone could have been killed for these.

Oh, my God.

Okay. We need to get out of here.

Uh, yeah.

JP, can you move?

No. Oh, shit.

I'm not leaving you here, okay?

So think of something.

Just find a way out, okay?


When I do, I am coming back and I am dragging you out myself, okay?

Let's go.


Jesus Christ.

It's a, uh-- it's a naturally formed cave.


I don't think they tunneled this one out.

It looks like it's been widened a little, but that's it.

What are you, a spelunker now?

Look at this.

That's got to be a nuclear power cell.

That's why there's electricity here.

Alexander was here.

This is where he picked up the radiation.

Shit. There has to be a way out.

Be careful.

Oh, my God.

He's dead.

Oh, no way. Still works.

Here. Give me that.

I told you someone had been here recently.

Who is he?


Well, why is he down here?

If you were thinking about killing five Americans to keep a secret that had been buried for 50 years, wouldn't you send somebody to make sure there was still a secret to keep?

What--what are you doing?

Checking something.

Oh, shit.

That thing we found in the weather tower...

That was his tongue?


Wha-- How did it get up there?

He must have let something out.

That's why the door was unlocked.

They could have been doing some kind of experiments on them, maybe?

You said there was a lot of that going on.

Oh, my God.

Holly, look at the bullet holes.

This wasn't a lab.

It was an execution chamber.

Oh, Christ.

Holly, what--what is that?

It looks like one of the soldiers from the book out there.

I don't understand.


These things, they-- they don't look right.

Maybe that's what he let out.

What the hell was that?


That door wasn't open before, was it?

What's that noise?

Be careful.

Come up here.

What was that?


Oh, God.

Something's here, Jensen.

Oh, no.

Oh, my God.

Is that blood?

We need to get-- we need to get out of here, okay?

Whoa. What is that?

I don't know. Some kind of light?

No, underneath it.

Let me see that.

That--that's the same as this camera.

There's still battery life.

Check what's on there.

No recording!

I just want to get you saying that on camera.

You must go now, please!

Come on, Ivan! The Cold War's over.

We're friends now.

I don't--I don't--

Can we fast-forward before the battery dies?

He's dead. Now go.


Check what's on there.

- No recording!

I just want to get you saying that on cam--


That's--that's impossible.

No, no, maybe not.

Remember the, um-- the Eldridge from the Philadelphia Experiment?

It was supposed to have teleported from Philadelphia to Norfolk.


So it's supposed to have arrived in Norfolk ten minutes before it left Philadelphia.

Now you're telling me there's a goddamn time machine?

No, I'm telling you that no one-- not our top scientists, not the government, not theirs-- knew what was going on.

They didn't know what they were screwing with.

Holly, all of these experiments were abandoned.

The crew of the Eldridge, the ones that weren't fused to a bulkhead, they went insane.

Some of them-- some of them even changed, mutated.

People weren't meant to do these things.

JP. Shit.

Jensen, come on!

Come on!






What are you doing? Get over here!

Oh, God!

Where'd they go?

They--they came back for me.

And they're gonna get you if you don't get your shit together right now.


They're on the ceiling! They're on the ceiling!


Oh, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ.

Oh, no! Oh, no!

Look out, he's up there! He's up there!

Jensen, where'd it go?

I don't know.

Where'd he go? Get JP!



I'm gonna get her away from that door!

When I do, you run! Got it?

Got it!

Run! Watch out!

Come on! Come on!

Let's try the tunnel! Right behind you!

Go! Go!

Jensen, this way!

Holly. Holly.


Go. Go.

Why'd they let us go?

Why'd they stop?

I don't know. We should be dead.

Why didn't they kill us when they had the chance?

What the hell is that?

It's like a giant fossil.

What are they doing?

They're waiting for us.

JP--I said that I would go back for him.

No, we can't go back for him. You saw what they did to him.

If we open that door, they're gonna do the same thing to us.

We're trapped, and they know it.

We're in here because this is where they wanted us to be.

Holly, are you seeing that?


Do it again.

You recorded that, right?



I knew it. I knew it.



Those creatures, the way that they just disappear, become intangible.

They can teleport... but not through the doors down here.

That's why they all lock from the outside.

There's got to be a connection between those things and this place.

They came from here.

They came through this.

That makes sense.

It's kind of like a giant wormhole, like, a--a transporter.

But how did it get here?

I don't know.


The Mansi, the natives.

Alya said that they'd been here for thousands of years.

I don't know how this thing works, but I bet these drawings are theirs.

So they built a teleporter.

I don't know. Maybe.

Hell, maybe they just found this thing down in the cave and put the drawings on it.

It could be some kind of alien technology.

Maybe they were trying to weaponize it.

What if there are more portals like this around the world?

If those things came out of one of them, it could explain all kinds of unsolved mysteries: the Eldridge, the Mothman sightings in Point Pleasant.

Who knows what else?

Flashlight's dead.


Jensen, I can't see.

It's okay. Just take my hand.

There you go. You got it.

Okay, watch your step. Okay, okay.

We're going up to the door.

Okay, sit--

Reach out in front and sit down.

Okay, you got it.

Okay. All right.

It happened.


I opened the door, and the darkness swallowed me, just like in my dream.

Hey, come on. Come on. Hey, hey, hey.

That was a dream.

I'm sorry.

It was a dream.

Jensen, we're never gonna get out of here.

I'm sorry.

Is the camera on?

I can see the light.



I have an idea.

Not tic-tac-toe again, Jensen.

We're just killing the battery.

No, no, no.

The gate.

What about ripping holes in the space-time continuum and obliterating our puny human brains?

That's my plan.

You see...

it's got no controls.

It has no buttons, which means that it either goes to one fixed place or anywhere.


That's all I can think of.

But what if you-- you picture somewhere clear in your mind and you concentrate on it and that is where it takes you?

You can just think, "There's no place like home," that easy.

That easy.

And we won't wind up fused to a mountain or something?

I don't know. I hope not.

We're gonna die here, Jensen.

It's this...

or them.


What do we do?

Um, well, um...

I'm doing a lot of guessing here.

But I think it should be someplace that--that is still fresh in your memory, someplace nearby, someplace that you can-- you can picture clearly.

Outside the mountain.

Wait. You mean the other side of the door?

It's certainly the freshest thing in our minds.

And now that the door's locked, it will protect us from those things, right?



I'm scared.

"Everything is all right, and everybody has to do exactly what he does."

What's that from?

Slaughterhouse Five.

I never read it.

Don't let go.

♪ Unrest in the street ♪

♪ Unrest in your mind ♪

♪ Unrest in the constellations ♪

♪ We were always the restless kind ♪

♪ Unrest this restless heart ♪

♪ With stellar circuitry ♪

♪ There are no accidents ♪

♪ There are no friendly fires ♪

♪ So pull out all the wires ♪

♪ Unrest this restless heart ♪

♪ With stellar circuitry ♪

♪ The nights are getting longer ♪

♪ The days are getting colder ♪

♪ Remember when you told her ♪

♪ The time for growing older ♪

♪ Was not tonight or ever ♪

♪ So hush the signifier ♪

♪ And pull out all the wires ♪

♪ Pull out all the wires ♪

♪ Pull out all the wires ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Disobey the future whispers ♪

♪ Only harm the ones who listen ♪

♪ We can stop the oxidation ♪

♪ Disobey the future whispers ♪

♪ Only harm the ones who listen ♪

♪ We can stop the oxidation ♪

♪ Disobey the future whispers ♪

♪ Only harm the ones who listen ♪

♪ We can stop the oxidation ♪