These real-life disaster documentaries are both compelling and frightening – like an accident scene where you try to divert your eyes, but can’t.
With an unprecedented fatality rate of one in four climbers, it has rightfully earned the title of the second most murderous mountain in the world. And yet, people still feel compelled to climb it!
“The Summit” tells a frightening story of K2 earning its name – in August 2008 when 22 climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2. Forty-eight hours later, 11 were killed or simply vanished into thin air. Like a horror movie come to life, it was as if the mountain began stealing lives, one climber at a time.
The recipient of the Sundance 2013 Editing Award and the World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award, as well as a Grand Jury Prize nominee, “The Summit” is a seamless pastiche of the climbers’ firsthand footage and after-the-fact interviews and reenactments.
It plays like an involving narrative film as it focuses on the mystery behind one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell, who was left behind in the death zone as his best friend searched in vain to find him, rescuing several others. As the legend surrounding McDonnell and the 10 others grows, fearless new climbers are drawn to test themselves against the deadliest mountain on Earth.
Check out the film’s official site and watch the trailer below.