If you’ve noticed more than a few similarities between the recently released “Unfriended” and indie found-footage thriller “The Upper Footage,” you’re not the only one. Plot, execution, and even marketing campaigns appear eerily reminiscent. Horror website iHorror released an article addressing the elephant in the room, complete with a lengthy quote from “Upper” director Justin Cole. According to Cole’s note, common elements transcend mere coincidence.
However, Cole isn’t the only individual who has reported a similar story. Further evidence derives from Douglas Jordan-Benel, writer of a screenplay entitled “Settler’s Day.” Jordan-Benel claims his film idea was ripped off, and used to create “The Purge.” You can read his entire statement here.
A little more digging revealed that Blumhouse Productions was responsible for producing both “The Purge” and “Unfriended.” Coincidence? Possibly, but these accusations certainly are thought provoking, bringing “The Purge” and “Unfriended” under scrutiny. Copyright is difficult to prove however, especially with film. Inspiration from past works is commonplace, but obvious deception is an entirely different entity.