Double Vision: 'Six Feet Under' and 'Black Dahlia'

10316__posters_lIf imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then whoever designed the box cover for the first season DVD of HBO’s dearly departed Six Feet Under (at left) must be feeling good and buttered up right about now, thanks to the movie poster for the hotly anticipated thriller The Black Dahlia. It’s not just me who sees the similarity, is it?

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  • Mike in Moncton

    Whoa…isn’t that copyright infringement?

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  • Ed

    Michael, I see it as a metaphor for Valerie Cherish’s T.V career, not Six Feet.

  • dma69

    Really, really creepy.

  • Christopher

    I see that as a direct reference to the long, Joker-smile cut the killer made on her face. There’s suimilarity in the way the image has been taken, and I’m sure the Six Feet Under was an inspiration, but as for any intentional theft? I don’t really think so. They could have shown Mia Kirshner’s head touching her feet in a Saw ripoff. But I think they chose what was important about the way the Black Dahlia was found (that creepy smile cut into her face) and made something to try to draw interest that would also make the image resound later when those who don’t know about the case watch the movie.

  • Todd

    I don’t see that much of a similarity beyond the position of the heads, and that I guess both are supposed to be dead.

  • Stephanie

    Does anyone remember when and where Six Feet Under will go into syndication?

  • Lesley

    Dang, that pesky Carver strikes again!
    In all seriousness though, I dig the Dahlia poster, its quite lovely, in a sad, disturbing kind of way. And yeah, it is similar to the Six Feet Under thing but still quite different.

  • John

    If you think that was a bad rip off of Six Feet Under, what about the promos for Patricia Arquette’s show “Medium” with the black and white image of the two hands being pulled apart? It’s identical to the opening credits of Six Feet…

  • Esther Kustanowitz

    Someone else mentioned the carver, and these posters both seem to evoke Nip/Tuck for me. But since SFU came first, it wins the copyright battle, right?
    And besides, I think the reason I think of Nip/Tuck is because we need to forget Patrick Dempsey: Julian McMahon is Doctor Ex-Demon McDreamy.

  • Brett Colbo

    All I care about is seeing Mandy from ’24’ in a role that suits her. Mia Kirshner is going to steal the show from Hilary Swank… just seeing those haunting previews is enough to make me check out the naked-lesbian-assassin in another mesmerizing performance.

  • Brian

    Six Feet Under is supposed to be shown from the pilot episode on Bravo this fall.

  • Tom

    Don’t see it. Why not go after the “John Tucker Must Die” poster and the cover art for “She Wants Revenge.” I think it’s the same girl from the same photo shoot.

  • Miranda

    No, it’s not copyright infringment. You can’t copyright a poster design.
    I think it’s been long enough since the “Six Feet Under” design, and I doubt the similarity is intentional. The “Black Dahlia” design is cool and disturbing, and I like it.

  • Tyler D

    Has anyone watched the Black Dahlia trailer? Apparently part of the mystery surrounds the idea that Hilary Swank’s character sleeps withs Mia Kushner’s character because she wants to know what it would be like to be with someone who looks like her. In what world would anyone buy that Hilary Swank looks anything like Mia Kushner?

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