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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An interesting time at the movies last night. We went to see a preview of Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 3-D at Warwick Grand Cinemas.

We were the second family in line so once we got inside we pretty much had our choice of seats anywhere in the cinema. We chose the perfect viewing area and started to sit down before realising the seats were soaking wet. We moved to the row in front. There were about ten or so wet seats in a row so we assumed they must have just been cleaned. Pretty poor effort on the part of the cinema to leave a row of soaking wet seats without warning anyone.

There were four seats at either end of the row that were dry so they filled up but after that pretty much anyone who walked into the cinema spotted almost an entire row of prime viewing and headed straight for it only to be told by all those around that the seats were wet. Most of the time it was met with, “The seats are wet?” to which all around would say, “Yes, they’re wet”.

It was great pre-show entertainment as group after group made a beeline for the wet row.

The most interesting situation was when a middle aged guy turned up with his family, was told about the situation, but wasn’t prepared to believe anyone else so he just pushed past the people at the end of the row to touch every remaining seat.

Sure enough they were all soaking wet so he put his tail between his legs and headed out again looking somewhat foolish in front of what was by then a packed cinema. I know that there are times that we need to test what other people are telling us but surely when a cinema is filling up and the best seats are still vacant, there’s got to be a reason. Let’s hope he learned something about trusting what other people tell him.

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Win a Toy Story 3 Prize

Toy Story 3The day has finally arrived. Toy Story 3 officially opens in Australian cinemas today and thanks to Disney Pixar, you could win a double pass to see the latest Toy Story movie and some Toy Story 3 goodies.

This is an exclusive competition for Australian readers of and you can enter by filling in your name and email address in the form below.

The prize is a double inseason ticket to see Toy Story 3, a Toy Story 3 T-shirt, a Toy Story 3 mug and a book of Toy Story 1 and 2.

Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is in cinemas now.

I’ll be naming a winner on Monday the 5th of July. (Entries close at 8:00 a.m. Monday the 5th of July Western Australian time.)

I want to let everyone know they have chance to win so if you link to this post from your blog, Facebook or Twitter, you’ll get an extra entry. Just let me know in the comments section of this post how you’ve publicised the competition.

Keep reading for future competitions.

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Eduardo Verástegui and Bella

Eduardo.jpgEvery now and then I get to conduct a radio interview that I wish the whole world could hear. It’s not that I think I’m a great interviewer it’s more about giving the world the opportunity to hear from someone who is passionate about their mission in life.

This morning I had one of those interviews on 98.5 Sonshine FM.

I hope you’ll take the time to click on the audio player at the bottom of this post and listen. I’m sure you’ll be impressed with my guest. 

From studying law to becoming a model, a singer and an actor, Mexican born Eduardo Verástegui has had a very interesting life.

Movie goers in Australia will soon see Eduardo playing the role of Jose in the award winning movie Bella.

Bella has won numerous awards and honours including the prestigious People’s Choice Awards at the Toronto Film Festival.

I’ve seen a preview DVD of the movie and it is absolutely beautiful. If you get the chance to see this movie … do it.

Bella.jpgEduardo joined me on the phone today to talk about Bella but there was much more to the conversation. He spoke of having integrity and refusing to compromise. It’s something he knows a lot about. He didn’t work for around four years becuase he refused to take acting roles that would stereotype Latinos.

It truly was a pleasure to be able to talk to Eduardo and to hear his passion for the projects he undertakes.

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The Golden Compass

The Golden CompassYou probably got the emails telling you to avoid this awful atheistic movie. I know I did. Lots of them.

Some Christians called for a boycott of the movie and many others sent long winded messages to everyone in their address books to warn them of the danger of seeing this piece of cinema.

The Golden Compass is based on the book Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., the ninth president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has been fairly strong in his condemnation of Pullman and his projects.

Philip Pullman has an agenda – an agenda about as subtle as an army tank. His agenda is nothing less than to expose what he believes is the tyranny of the Christian faith and the Christian church. His hatred of the biblical storyline is clear. He is an atheist whose most important literary project is intended to offer a moral narrative that will reverse the biblical account of the fall and provide a liberating mythology for a new secular age.

So, is the movie really that bad? Will it cause us all to abandon belief?

Pullman is an atheist and his books certainly leave no doubt that he is not a fan of Christianity but apparently the film doesn’t quite pack the same kind of punch as his books.

One of the segments on my morning radio programme at 98.5 Sonshine FM is a fortnightly look at what’s on at the movies.

Aaron Kamp has been reviewing movies for some time and he posts his reviews at Cinemaniac. Every couple of weeks we look at what’s in the cinemas and what’s new on DVD.

Aaron headed off to the movies last night to see what all the fuss is about. He came away believing that it’s not the atheistic storyline that will keep people away from the cinemas, it’s the fact that movie’s simply not that good.

He agrees that the philosophy behind the books has been watered down and says that the kind of Christianity that it wars against doesn’t really exist anyway. Pullman has built his own idea of what faith is about and then proceeded to pull it down.

Aaron’s main concern with children seeing the movie is not it’s anti-God message, as that’s not really demonstrated through the film, but the message of distrusting and disobeying authority.

If you’d like to hear what Aaron had to say you can click the audio player at the bottom of this post to listen to our conversation.

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