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Not content with the everlasting hatred of mere video game fans, legendarily bad film director Doctor Uwe Boll has apparently decided to make his long-awaited crossover move into mainstream condemnation.

According to an article in today's New York Sun, Boll is being sued by the New York Post Co. for trademark infringement. Whither the scuff up?

According to Mr. Boll's Web site and published accounts, the movie parodies the events of September 11, 2001, and other controversial topics. The film is based on a computer game of the same name. The conflict between the Post and the filmmaker apparently started on April 15, when the Post published an article announcing the movie's release.
The article called the movie "the first mass-marketed film to mock the tragedy of 9/11."


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website in question (and there's really only one; the second link is just a redirect) seems to us a clear parody of the New York Post's front page. The publishers of that paper apparently think they were targeted by Dr. Boll because of their negative article. We think it's far more likely to have resulted from the Bloodrayne director's singular lack of imagination. A fake paper to advertise Postal? The New York Postal? Get it?

Regardless of his inspiration, we think the site might be the most entertaining thing that Boll has ever produced. A direct line into the brain of its creator, with breathless quotes ("Scandal! Brazen Piracy!") and juvenile jokes ("No disabled people were harmed in POSTAL... not!"), we haven't seen this much evidence for the auteur theory since our last Hitchcock screening. Uncoincidentally, it's the perfect advertising vehicle for a movie based on a game which has lighting Gary Coleman's corpse as a major plot point.

While we normally support the right to badly parody, we can't help but hope that perhaps the New York Post might win this one. A judgment in court might prove the kind of bottom line hit to his company's fortunes that popular and critical opprobrium has not. Can America's longest running paper stop Uwe Boll? Did we mention Bloodrayne 2 is in pre-production?

Pic via the aforementioned parody site