A catastrophic accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, injuring and disfiguring scores of workers and sparking fears of an acid rain cloud across Russia and Europe.
The film focuses on six tourists who hire a guide to take them on a trip to the abandoned town of Pripyat, the former home of workers at the plant.
But representatives of Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. - a charity which provides funds, training and medical supplies to communities severely impacted by the incident - have voiced their anger over the transformation of the real-life disaster into a Hollywood film.
A spokesperson tells TMZ.com, "It is terrible that such a tragic event as Chernobyl is being sensationalised in a Hollywood horror film. Thousands of people have died and over 400,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Today over 5 million people still live on contaminated land.
"The horror is not mutants running around, the real horror is the effect that Chernobyl continues to have on the lives of millions who have been devastated physically, emotionally and economically. If you feel compelled to go see this movie, take the adrenaline you get from the horror to go do something good and make a difference in the lives of those still living with Chernobyl every day."