Netflix’s hit movie Bird Box has come under fire for its use of footage from a real-life rail accident.
The 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster, which is the fourth-deadliest rail accident in Canadian history. The tragic disaster happened on July 6, 2013 in Quebec and left 47 people dead.
And footage from the horrific accident is seen near the start of Bird Box, to show how the world was descending into chaos because of invisible entities that caused people to kill themselves.
Locals have voiced their anger about the use of the footage which left so many families devastated.
Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Julie Morin, issued a statement to the Canadian publication The Globe and Mail about the use of the footage in a fictional context.
“I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that they are going to remove them,” Julie said. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”
It turns out the Lac-Mégantic rail accident footage was bought from a stock-footage vendor, and has also been used in the Netflix original series Travelers.
While Netflix has not released a statement about the footage, it has confirmed the footage is from the train explosion and have no plans to remove it from the film.
“Why would it need to be removed from BirdBox or @TRVLRSseries? It happened. It was recorded. It can be licensed. Sweeping it under the rug won’t change history,” tweeted one fan.
“The point is, don’t use footage of a disaster where people died in your shlocky horror movie because it’s in extremely bad taste to do so
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