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Indie filmmakers claim CHERNOBYL DIARIES pilfered their idea

Brad McHargue

May 23rd, 2012

Still from Chernobyl Diaries

While I absolutely adore the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series, I don't have very high hopes for CHERNOBYL DIARIES, the newest film from Oren Peli. Based on a story he wrote and directed by Bradley Parker, CHERNOBYL DIARIES follows six tourists into the abandoned city of Prypiat, a Ukrainian city that became a ghost town after the Chernobyl disaster. As is typical with movies of this ilk, they soon realize they're not alone.

In the end, I hope I'm wrong. I hope it's an excellent or, at the very least, competent horror film that manages to keep me engaged for an hour and a half whilst I laugh gleefully at the unfortunate fate of our six foolish protagonists.

While the plot of the film isn't anything unique, one can argue that the setting is. No films centered on the Prypiat and the Chernobyl disaster immediately spring to mind, and if they do, they certainly employ a different angle in their execution. A few years ago, independent filmmakers Nick Gardner and Jeremy Morison created a teaser trailer for a film called PRIPYAT that featured archival footage and scenes of exploration within the decaying city.

Apparently, after the trailer was completed in 2010, it managed to make its way to various studios without their consent. Gardner and Morison are unaware of who saw it, but they believe that CHERNOBYL DIARIES is a rip-off of their trailer.

Below you will find a comparison trailer and the official trailer for their film. What do you think? Are they similar enough to warrant an investigation? Or is this just a case of two similar ideas with different executions? The notion of "urban exploring" has been around in horror for a long time, so it's not a stretch to say that this could just be a huge coincidence. However, the fact that their trailer was distributed without their consent does lend credence to their claim.

Source Horror-Movies.ca

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