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HBO's Miniseries Chernobyl Looks More Terrifying Than Any Horror Movie This Year

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HBO's Miniseries Chernobyl Looks More Terrifying Than Any Horror Movie This Year

Every year, tons of horror films are released and it doesn't take long for people to claim that it's the scariest movie of the year.

Viewers have praised flicks like Ari Aster's spine tingling Hereditary, Jordan Peele's incredible Us and Stephen King's movie adaptation IT.

But HBO is about to release something that's a lot more terrifying than those movies.



Chernobyl is a miniseries that looks into what happened when the nuclear reactor disaster hit the small Ukrainian town in 1986. The reason why this is set to be the scariest thing released this year is because it actually happened.

People in the past haven't been eaten by a shape-shifting clown that lived in a storm rain, but there were people who were gravely affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

In fact, 28 people were killed when the nuclear reactor exploded and a further 15 were killed indirectly.


Some of those victims bravely put themselves in front of danger to prevent another reactor from collapsing, which would have caused radiation to be spread all across Europe.

The trailer offers an insight into how outrageous the story is.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

We get to see what it was like when the initial incident happened, attempts to cover up how bad it was, impacts the radiation had on first responders and the incredible work that was done to contain the issue.


It genuinely looks like a post apocalyptic zombie series at some points - that's how horrible the situation was at the time.

Stellan Skarsgård plays Boris Shcherbina, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the USSR. He was the man put in charge of the disaster as it was unfolding.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

In Chernobyl he had the seemingly impossible task of trying to keep everyone calm while also realising just how bad the situation was becoming.


He told Deadline: "Nobody would see it as a privilege to spend five months in a dilapidated nuclear plant, unless it was to play in a script like this by Craig Mazin, work with a director like Johan Renck, collaborate with a producer like Jane Featherstone, jam with an actor like Jared Harris and finally be at the feetof Emily Watson whom I have been missing for some 20 years."

The miniseries will premiere on HBO on May 6 in the UK and honestly we cannot wait.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, HBO, Chernobyl

Stewart Perrie
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