Cinema Screens Paranormal Activity 4 Instead of Madagascar 3

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Cinema Screens Paranormal Activity 4 Instead of Madagascar 3

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Technical screw up exposes children as young as five to a poorly-received horror film.

Families attending a screening of Madagascar 3 at a Cineworld in Nottingham, England, had to flee the auditorium, screaming children in tow, when Paranormal Activity 4 was shown instead.

The mostly pre-teen audience's poor response to the film wasn't just down to the fact it's terrible; Paranormal Activity 4 opens with one of the more surprising moments from the first film, a bloodied female corpse being hurled at the camera, no doubt surprising those expecting the dulcet tones of David Schwimmer as a neurotic giraffe. The film carries a 15-and-up rating in the UK.

As Nastasha Lewis, a mother who attended the film with her eight-year-old son, Dylan, puts it:

"They started playing the movie and I thought - this doesn't look right. And then I recognized the opening sequence as a flash back 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. It's enough to make grown men jump, so you can imagine the terror in these young faces. Everybody just scrambled for the exits, all you could hear were children crying and screaming. Everyone was very upset. I've watched a few horror films in my time but the 'Paranormal Activity' films are the scariest since 'The Exorcist'."

"It was only about two minutes worth of the film but it was enough to scar them for life," she continued. "There were parents and kids in there, including some children who were younger than Dylan.

"The cinema needs to check the film before sending everyone in so they don't make this mistake again. I'm disgusted about it, mistakes like this simply should not happen."

A spokesperson for Cineworld has pinned the mistake on a "technical error," and promises the company is taking steps to ensure it never happens again. The company offered the affected families refunds and complimentary tickets, and invited them to a second screening of Madagascar 3 half an hour later.

Source: Yahoo News

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This pleases me greatly.

People actually consider paranormal activity scary? I have been under the impression that they're parodies that take themselves a bit too seriously sometimes...

Maybe thats why the entire theater turned to look at me when I burst out laughing during the first one....

Oh and the lady needs to chill out. Her child isn't "scarred for life" and mistakes happen. They'll have nightmares for a bit and then laugh at it as adults going "Wow, the things I was scared of as a child."

If all it takes is one scary scene from a movie to scar your kid for life, you need to let them out of the bubble a little more often.

Don't get me wrong, I'd be pissed off, too. Last thing I want is for my kid to have nightmare fuel for a week. But they'll get over it. At least I feel a little better that America isn't the only country that's so dammed melodramatic about their kids.

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

You need help, Professional help.

OT: I like too remind people that only a few short centuries ago, children were exposed too everything in life, the good, bad, evil, pure. BUT...

With that said. Really? I mean, I suppose it is possible that the film was in the wrong can, but still even that mistake is really stupid. I would be in great favor of the theater paying for therapy for everyone. I mean, those kids will have nightmares for months too come.

Well, these screw ups happen, especially with the rush towards digital cinema, a projectionist no longer has to physically thread the wrong film into the projector for this to happen. Still, the trailer sets should have differed greatly between the two films, and the error should have been caught as soon as they started showing trailers for R-rated films -or the equivalent- before the movie proper.

The real news is that these movies are still getting sequels.

ThePS1Fan:
The real news is that these movies are still getting sequels.

that sentence with that avatar..... pure gold

Gilhelmi:

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

You need help, Professional help.

OT: I like too remind people that only a few short centuries ago, children were exposed too everything in life, the good, bad, evil, pure. BUT...

With that said. Really? I mean, I suppose it is possible that the film was in the wrong can, but still even that mistake is really stupid. I would be in great favor of the theater paying for therapy for everyone. I mean, those kids will have nightmares for months too come.

I don't see why therapy is necessary at all. A few nightmares from a "scary" movie isn't going to destroy a child's sanity and send it into some sort of wild, dribbling state of psychosis(Exaggeration).

Everybody has nightmares right? Some can be quite scary. But I fail to see how that should be a reason for therapy...

Forgive me if my post seems aggressive, I am in a bad mood and it might be seeping into my posts.

Ryan Hughes:
Well, these screw ups happen, especially with the rush towards digital cinema, a projectionist no longer has to physically thread the wrong film into the projector for this to happen. Still, the trailer sets should have differed greatly between the two films, and the error should have been caught as soon as they started showing trailers for R-rated films -or the equivalent- before the movie proper.

that is true someone upstairs should have been playing attention to what movie they were playing and made sure the right movies get played in the right part of theater

Man, I would've paid to have seen all those kids crying their eyes out.

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

It's news stories like these that make me sure the world wants me to be happy. I feel warm and fuzzy on the inside...like the first time I watched Punisher: War Zone.

I like to move it, move it.
I like to move it, move it.
I like to move it, move it.
I like to... MOVE IT!
Mentally unfit, mentally unfit
The guy running the screening was mentally unfit

I actually remember that scene in the first Parnormal Activity being pretty lame, at least enough to sour me on the rest of the film. Your kids should forget such a weak jump scare by the time your out of the parking lot.

So a pointless sequel get shown in place of a pointless sequel?

It could have been worse, it could have been Shrek 5!

BTW I've only seen the first Paranormal Acitvity and was wondering if the second is any good? I like to have a good movie for Halloween.

Could be worse...they could've shown a scary movie.
Regardless I have a feeling this was done deliberately.

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

Best "First" post that I have seen in a while.

And yeah, lol.

Well at least they were only exposed to a comedy. God forbid if they were shown something violent, scary or pornographic.

TO EVERYONE DISMISSING THE "SCARRED FOR LIFE" STATEMENT:

The guy who designed Giygas, the destroyer of childhoods, based it off his recollections of a violent and horrific scene he had accidentally seen in a theater as a child.

Check and mate.

OT: Could have been worse. My family went to "Night at the Museum" and they started playing "Ghost Rider" instead.

In all seriousness, this was pretty dang unfortunate. There's not very many cinema tech issues that have worse mix-ups than this.

Some of these comments... you guys make me uncomfortable...

Think of the children
You had only one job
Some men just want to watch children cry

xD

ThePS1Fan:
The real news is that these movies are still getting sequels.

Actually from what I heard Madagascar 3 turned out pretty good.

MagmaMan:

ThePS1Fan:
The real news is that these movies are still getting sequels.

Actually from what I heard Madagascar 3 turned out pretty good.

A girl in my class turned around to us and told us to go see Madagascar 3, she was looking after her cousins and took them to see it (on the request of the parents) and she said it was hilarious, I will definitely have a look.

OT: Scarred for life? The PA movies aren't scary, they are startling and a few of those ain't going to scare your kid...John Carpenters The Thing, go show that to them, that's not scary AT ALL!

lol at all the internet tough gaiyz saying "lol showing a comedy film?"

just because it isn't scary for you, doesn't mean it isn't scary for someone else, i know some people who find it comedy while some find it horrifically scary, just depends on what gets you i guess. curious to see what some of you think is scary though in movie terms.

OT: while it's good the cinema gave them a refund + showing within the next half hour, the kids will be fine, nothing like growing a little hair on your chest from seeing disturbing images as a child ;)

It would of been better if it was Sinister. Instead of a plain ol jump scare, show the opening scene of a family (including a child) with bags over their heads being slowly hung from a tree. Then I could possibly understand the whole "scarring them for life" thing... >:D

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

For you good sir.
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I'm glad I'm not alone. :D

Here's the thing that bothers me, before every movie there's like 30 fucking minutes of previews and other nonsense and they always coincide with the rating of the movie you're going to see.
If this truly was a mistake did no one go...hey they're showing teen stuff and possibly the low R stuff...shouldn't we be seeing like Disney ads and other cartoonish shit?

I'm sure this will be a real ordeal for some of these kids...

and as someone who considers the only thing more insufferable than children in general to be children in cinemas, my heart is filled with jubilation and the thought of their trauma.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Maybe they should of watched a little bit of


instead of Madagascar 3 during this time of year.

I watched movies like Poltergeist and played Doom when I was young. Kids these days freak out too easily.

Mistake .... right. I'm sure the person/people playing the film were laughing their ass off when everyone started running for the exits.

Beffudled Sheep:
People actually consider paranormal activity scary? I have been under the impression that they're parodies that take themselves a bit too seriously sometimes...

Maybe thats why the entire theater turned to look at me when I burst out laughing during the first one....

Oh and the lady needs to chill out. Her child isn't "scarred for life" and mistakes happen. They'll have nightmares for a bit and then laugh at it as adults going "Wow, the things I was scared of as a child."

No, they are serious. However they are about as scary as Twilight is. Sure it is frightening realizing all those stupid people actually like the shit, but other than that it is a boring movie.

Beffudled Sheep:

Gilhelmi:

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

You need help, Professional help.

OT: I like too remind people that only a few short centuries ago, children were exposed too everything in life, the good, bad, evil, pure. BUT...

With that said. Really? I mean, I suppose it is possible that the film was in the wrong can, but still even that mistake is really stupid. I would be in great favor of the theater paying for therapy for everyone. I mean, those kids will have nightmares for months too come.

I don't see why therapy is necessary at all. A few nightmares from a "scary" movie isn't going to destroy a child's sanity and send it into some sort of wild, dribbling state of psychosis(Exaggeration).

Everybody has nightmares right? Some can be quite scary. But I fail to see how that should be a reason for therapy...

Forgive me if my post seems aggressive, I am in a bad mood and it might be seeping into my posts.

Well for 95-99% you are correct. Everyone gets nightmares, and most of the children will not have problems after a few weeks/months. But really 1-5% might have future problems.

I should have specified this, the Theater should OFFER therapy too anyone who might need it. Parents included, I have seen some studies that suggest that the parents might actually suffer more physiological injury because their children were perceived danger, even if not real, the physiological effects are still there.

Gilhelmi:
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I am not a parent and didn't have any of my own so I'll take your word on the parents being the bigger receiver of trauma. Honestly though I don't see why the parents are so scared. Maybe I'll understand once I have my own kids but I honestly don't understand how over-protective parents can be. Life is an experience with many trials and moments of suffering. Freaking out over things as small as this I believe will do more harm than good to future generations. If you have some kind of scientific evidence that points towards over-protectiveness being better though I will definitely take it into consideration.

lacktheknack:
TO EVERYONE DISMISSING THE "SCARRED FOR LIFE" STATEMENT:

The guy who designed Giygas, the destroyer of childhoods, based it off his recollections of a violent and horrific scene he had accidentally seen in a theater as a child.

Check and mate.

OT: Could have been worse. My family went to "Night at the Museum" and they started playing "Ghost Rider" instead.

In all seriousness, this was pretty dang unfortunate. There's not very many cinema tech issues that have worse mix-ups than this.

Some of these comments... you guys make me uncomfortable...

Uncomfortable? Have you seen your avatar? Holy fuck I was about to go to bed, fat chance of that happening now. Christ.

OT: This actually happened to me as a kid, but with sky movies. I'm fine, kids should be too.

dogstile:

lacktheknack:
Some of these comments... you guys make me uncomfortable...

Uncomfortable? Have you seen your avatar? Holy fuck I was about to go to bed, fat chance of that happening now. Christ.

What? It's two characters from Full Metal Jacket with doll faces stitched on. I don't think there's anything creepy about that at all.

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