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Family's High Court action to have late mother's image removed from Hollywood horror film adjourned

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The High Court in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The High Court in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The High Court in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

A Co Wexford family`s High Court action against film makers who they claim used the image of their late mother in a Hollywood horror movie without their consent has been adjourned.

Members of the Purcell family have sued over the use of an image of the late Mrs Stacia Purcell (aged 66) in a film who went missing on October 30th 2013.

Following a widescale search involving the Gardai, her body was discovered some days later.

It is thought she fell into a river after suffering a heart attack.

The picture of Stacia, which was provided by her family and issued to the press to assist in the search, was used in the horror film Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort.

In proceedings against 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, WT6 Productions and UFO Film and Television Studios Ltd (Bulgaria) and UFO International Productions (Los Angeles) Ms Purcells children Anna Kehoe, Patrick Purcell, Catherine Doran and son in law Sean Doran sought orders preventing the use of her image in the film.

The family claim the image was used in the film without their consent or permission and has caused them great pain, distress, and suffering.

Their lawyers told the court that their upset has been added to as they discovered the image was used in the film in the week leading up to the first anniversary of her tragic loss.

They seek orders preventing the use of her image in the film in any further broadcasts or distribution of the film.

The family say the film is owned controlled, broadcast and distributed by the defendants.

On Wednesday at the High Court when the matter returned before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan the court heard the sides required more time in order to exchange documents.

On consent the matter was adjourned to early next week.

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