Netizens accuse ‘Guni-guni’ of copying Thai poster

Posted at 08/21/2012 6:45 PM | Updated as of 08/21/2012 6:47 PM
Posters of "Guni-guni" (left) and 2007 Thai film "Alone).

MANILA, Philippines – The horror movie “Guni-guni” from Regal Films has been drawing flak on blogs and social media sites for allegedly copying the poster of a Thai horror film released in 2007.

A photo of a poster of “Guni-guni” side by side with that of “Alone” has been making the rounds on Facebook and other websites, with netizens noting a striking similarity between the two.

Both posters feature their lead star, wearing a black dress, back to back with an evil twin.

“Guni-guni,” topbilled by Lovi Poe, opens in Philippine theaters on Wednesday, August 22.

“Ay grabe walang originality,” said Facebook user Sai Orias.

“Disappointing,” added user Lawrence Banas.

The viral photo containing the posters of “Guni-guni” and “Alone” came on the heels of a plagiarism scandal hounding Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto, whose two speeches on the reproductive health debate were found to have been copied from different online sources.

In 2010, the Department of Tourism and the advertising agency behind the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” campaign drew flak for allegedly copying from Poland’s logo, “Polska.”

Different story

The similarity between the two films, however, seems to end with their posters.

“Alone,” from the same team behind the hit horror movie “Stutter,” tells the story of conjoined twins Pim and Ploy who fell in love with the same man. One eventually dies and haunts the other.

“Guni-guni,” on the other hand, revolves around an unborn child buried in the garden of a boarding house, where Mylene (played by Poe) is one of the tenants.

Below is a synopsis of the film provided by SM Cinemas:

“Thirty years ago, an unborn child was buried in the garden of what is now a boardinghouse in Cubao. It lies beneath the ground, unbeknownst to the tenants who live there. One of the tenants is Mylene (Lovi Poe) who appears like the perfect girl, nice, pretty and at the top of her Medicine class. But nobody knows about her past, not even the man who loves her most, Paolo (Benjamin Alvez). Paolo doesn't know anything about Mylene's family, her long, lost sibling or her estranged, nervous wreck of a mother. Nor does he know about the very long scar that runs across Mylene's body, nor of how incomplete she always feels. And he finds that the more he tries to win back her love, the more she retreats to her secret world that nobody could enter.

“One day Mylene asked to perform an abortion for fee, she feels conflicted about doing what' is right and, at the same time, being in dire need of tuition fee. Her decision ultimately leads to a dark outcome and awakens a force that has laid quiet for years in the boardinghouse grounds. Thereafter, she becomes tormented by nightmares of a dark twin, whose presence gets stronger as days pass, as strange things start to happen in the house. When one by one, the boarders die of unexplainable causes, Joanna (Empress Shuck) the resident psychic and Mylene's best friend struggles to understand the impending danger that she senses and decides to get to the bottom of the mystery; and as it unravels, they find themselves confronted by an angry soul that seeks justice.”