This weekend, "Chernobyl Diaries" hits theaters. The film tells the story of six tourists who hire a tour guide to take them to Prypiat, the now deserted town near the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (the community was abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986). There, the group discovers that disfigured humans and other creepy figures still haunt the premises.
"Diaries" is the latest in a long line of projects looking to capitalize on the semi-popular found-footage genre (no surprise that it was written and produced by "Paranormal Activity" mastermind Oren Peli). Unfortunately, not everyone finds the movie's plot to be entertaining.
"It is terrible that such a tragic event as Chernobyl is being sensationalized in a Hollywood horror film," a representative from Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. told TMZ. "Thousands of people have died and over 400,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Today over 5 million people still live on contaminated land. The horror is not mutants running around, the real horror is the effect that Chernobyl continues to have on the lives of millions who have been devastated physically, emotionally and economically."
The accident, which occurred on April 26, 1986, started when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced an extreme power surge, causing a series of explosions that sent radioactive material into the air.
"Coming to America"
Writer Art Buchwald sued Paramount Pictures, claiming that they stole his idea for 'Coming to America.' Buchwald won the lawsuit.
"The Passion of the Christ"
The movie's screenwriter, Benedict Fitzgerald, sued Mel Gibson over not paying him enough money for the film. They settled out of court.
Another movie that spawned a ton of legal trouble: writer/star Sacha Baron Cohen was sued for defamation as well as using footage of people without their permission.
"The Hangover, Part II"
What hasn't 'The Hangover, Part II' been sued for at this point? First the filmmakers were hit with a lawsuit alleging that they copied Mike Tyson's face tattoo without permission. That was dropped, but then they were sued again by a stunt man who suffered injuries on set. (That lawsuit is still pending.) A man also sued the filmmakers, claiming that they stole his life story and used it for 'Hangover, Part II.' Yeesh.
"Natural Born Killers"
The family of a Louisiana store clerk, who was shot by a young couple on a crime spree, sued Oliver Stone, claiming this movie inspired the crimes. <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1217642.stm" target="_hplink">The lawsuit was eventually dropped</a>.