Is SyFy’s New Vampire Flick Ripping Off True Blood?
Premiering Saturday, July 14th, is SyFy’s new Original Movie, True Bloodthirst. The moment I read the title, saw the title image (above) and watched the trailer for this flick I instantly thought of HBO’s hit show True Blood. From what I am seeing so far, it looks like SyFy is mimicking True Blood in a big bad, probably illegal, way.
First, the title of the movie has True Blood right in it, just with "thirst" thrown at the end. Is that a huge deal? Not really, but when you look at the title image next to True Blood’s, it becomes a problem. They are almost identical. See for yourself when they’re up against one another:
Yeah, that’s very close to being identical.
The really big issue though is the plot description and trailer – from the looks of it they took True Blood’s exact storyline and simply moved it to the future.
True Bloodthirst description:
"Bucharest, Romania. The not-too-distant future, but an entirely different city. The human population is dwindling. The vampire population, meanwhile, is exploding. Having emerged from the shadows a decade earlier, vampires now walk openly amongst the human population, as a precarious peace exists between the two. A peace made possible by the introduction of a synthetic blood substitute, dispensed by the Romanian government, making traditional vampire feeding, and preying on humans, no longer necessary. But even so, it's not a peace that everyone is entirely comfortable with..."
And the trailer…
Know what's really interesting about the tainted blood storyline in this film? The fact that it already happened in the True Blood comics (which are based on the show), in a series titled "Tainted Blood." Yea... bad bad SyFy.
I don’t think I am being paranoid when I say they are ripping off True Blood here. When you combine the title, the title image and the movie description, you have an entire film based on the HBO’s True Blood. I wonder if they did it on purpose for some reason. Hmmm...
But what do you think? Do you believe that True Bloodthirst is a rip off of True Blood? Let me know in a comment below.