Children Exposed to Graphic Horror Movie

I don’t know if you saw in the news that some children in the UK were left traumatised when supernatural horror film Paranormal Activity 4 was accidentally screened instead of the animated family film Madagascar 3 at their local cinema.

Youngsters reacted in horror as a ‘flashback’ scene from the original Paranormal Activity showed a bloodied corpse being hurled at the camera.

Around 25 families at the Cineworld cinema in Nottingham scrambled for the exits with their crying children – some as young as five – when the film started.

Natasha Lewis, 32, had taken her eight-year-old son Dylan to see the film.

The full-time mother, from Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, said: ‘Dylan wanted to see the new Madagascar film as he’s seen the others and they’re his favourite. He was really looking forward to it.

‘We sat down and it was meant to start at 10am, but it took until 10.30am for the lights to go down and for the trailers to start.

‘They started playing the movie and I thought – this doesn’t look right. And then I recognised the opening sequence as a flashback to the first movie, which I saw a couple of years ago.

‘It opens on the most terrifying scene in the first film – where a body shoots full pelt towards the camera. – Daily Mail

We had a similar situation some time back. We went to see a family movie and then the screen burst into life with 40 Year Old Virgin. We’d already thought that some of the movie trailers were inappropriate for kids and we’d discussed complaining about what they’d been promoting in a family movie session.

As soon as the wrong movie started I headed out with a few other parents to alert staff. The parents who remained in the cinema covered young eyes.

The cinema staff quickly turned the movie off and started screening the one we were there to see. Our incident didn’t make world headlines but it was still a very unfortunate incident.

Have you ever been in a similar situation? Was it the cinema’s fault or had you walked in to the wrong cinema?

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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