Cinema Screens Paranormal Activity 4 Instead of Madagascar 3

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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...

Screw paranormal activity Your avatar has scarred me for life.

OT: The kids will eventually get over it. I thought I was scarred for life when I saw childs play as a kid. I had some nightmares but I got over it.

Yes. YES. THIS... YES.

I'm guessing this happens more frequently than is reported. But having it reported is so... cathartic. I want this to be every day's headline: "kids scared shitless, parents mad, cinema complacent". Great.

This has genuinely made my day.

...I just read that back. I am a terrible person.

There are multiple here who are pleasured by the idea that children were scared. Either you have bad taste in jokes or you need to reevaluate you lives.

Anyway, I think "taking steps to ensure it never happens again" means that some guy just got fired... hard. That's practically something that should get you fired anyways since other screw ups like this could violate laws and contracts regarding movies and licenses.

These kids must be traumatised...
Being made to watch such a bad movie, they'll be scarred for life.

I think that this news is so sweet it gave me diabetes.

I've worked in the projection booth and I know exactly how that can happen (if they use the same system we did). Paranormal Activity was running once or twice in the evening on that screen and Madacascar was during the day, the projectionist threaded the wrong film between showings ><

Corruption of the innocent. Is they're really any type of evil with more payoff. Not really.

Let the night terrors begin!!!

What can I say.... ohh the poor children. I'm not here to spare feelings.

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.

Yeah, I don't think I've seen something that was honest to god bright light through colored celluloid in /years./ Granted, from what I've heard about UK cinema, I wouldn't expect local theaters outside of the major cities to be as up to date as the ones in Florida (we seem to be right up there with New York and California in the "getting new technology early" department), but still. I think someone chose the wrong playlist XP

Then again, I'm not sure how these digital projection systems work. I've heard that at least some of the early ones came on dedicated hard drives which had to be swapped out for each movie because two hours at 2K or better resolution took up so much memory that it was the only feasible way to distribute the things. Anyone know if they still work that way?

As others have mentioned...Scarred for life, from one stupid scene?

No way. They'll have some nightmares or whatever, but as long as the parents don't EXPECT the kids to be scarred for life, the kids will, barring some fucked up unlikely scenarios, turn out just fine. It's the parents that immediately try to institutionalize their kid or get them therapy that will cause the most lasting damage to them.

There are two absolutely terrifying scenes from movies from my childhood that I distinctly remember being appalled by, and while both gave me lasting nightmares, neither of them affected me even into middle school, let alone into high school or beyond.

I've only seen the first Paranormal Activity and that movie totally made me jump from my seat... Because something finally happened and I was afraid I missed it after sitting through so much boring.

Paranormal Activity the scariest movie since the Exorcist? Really?

Ah this is absolutely hilarous.

And "Scarred for life"? Really? They'll get over it.

I saw scary movies as a kid when I wasn't supposed to, and I turned out just fine. Now where did I put that bloodied murder stick?

lacktheknack:

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.

[That video is horrifying, sir. You are a mortifying person!]

No offense, but I saw the "EEEHHHH EEEHHHHH" above your avatar and noticed the hat. (The RCMP's red uniform includes it) I thought it was a jab at the Canadian tenancy to say "eeh" every now and then.

For the record, I haven't said "eeh" since I saw that avatar the first time.

ON TOPIC! I also agree with the earlier statement that Paranormal Activity is a bit spooky. Te first movie (and only) I saw had me looking over my shoulder on the way back to the apartment. (Lived in the same building) and I felt a little worried when the heavy front door closed.

Might have been the alcohol though. Man, I was a heavy drinker back then.

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

Imagine if they showed Pet Cemetery by accident. That would have scared the kids so badly to be sure. I feel bad for the kids though because I know how bad it can be when you watch a scary movie at a young age. Bad babysitter plus Pet Cemetery plus her not knowing I wasn't in bed equals me not sleeping well for a week.

OT: I share the sentiment of others in this thread in that people actually think that Paranormal Activity is scary? I will admit that the first was one scary, but after that I felt that it wasn't that scary.

BeerTent:

lacktheknack:

dogstile:

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.

[That video is horrifying, sir. You are a mortifying person!]

No offense, but I saw the "EEEHHHH EEEHHHHH" above your avatar and noticed the hat. (The RCMP's red uniform includes it) I thought it was a jab at the Canadian tenancy to say "eeh" every now and then.

For the record, I haven't said "eeh" since I saw that avatar the first time.

THAT HAT ISN'T BROWN! D:

While yes, us Canadians do say "eh", this is just me selecting an avatar and title to freak people out.

It's working beautifully. >:D

lmao that's awesome. i wish i was there to witness this hilarious event.

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

That right there is the true horror. "WAAAAAAH! Mummy! This film is mundane, tripe and the director is a talentless hack!"

Pulp Fiction should have been playing

This is a joke right? I saw Madagascar and the idea of having to watch it again is scarier than all the PA movies combined. The parents should be thanking the cinema for showing something more wholesome.

People don't become scarred for life from a scary movie no matter what that giygas guys claims, you have to have serious problems other then seeing something off putting to get that kind of emotional trauma, all the movie did was give him a lazy mans imaginative kick to work off of.

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.

i agree with you. the theater did everyone a favour and they hate them for it. this is why we cant have nice thigns :(

Oh, what a terrible run in of bad luck. But hey, it could have been worse; they could've been showing a horror movie or something like that.

This is a great story. First world problems.

It could have been worse; they could have ended up seeing Madagascar 3.

Come on, the film isn't even scary.
Seriously, a person getting thrown at the camera? Sure, it would've made the kids jump and maybe even made a few of them cry from the surprise, but "scar them for life?" Please... Maybe if they'd seen a really gruesome scene from one of the Saw films, that could've scarred them, but a cheap jump scare?

Wow...it's like parents letting their kids go see the original Night of the Living Dead not knowing it would scare the shit out of them. Sometimes kids need to be scared by something, makes them tougher, see the harshness of the world and appreciate what they have and don't have to deal with.

On the same hand, it's kind of bad when the only way to get people to watch PA4 is to put it on during the screening of another movie...it was just so damn disappointing...adding more to the lore than it explained...and all but securing a PA5 that will probably be out this spring, or next fall

I saw paranormal activity 1 and it was all cheesy that scene is no worse than a bad screamer.
doubt the kids will have any long lasting physiologic issues from it, but they might have a bad nightmare or two.

if You want to scar someone have them read cupcakes
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Oh, gods. That must have been terrible for them.
...So why am I laughing so much?!

OT: I don't think a kid would get scarred for life. When Final Destination 1 came out, it shocked me for a while but I got over it. Sure, I hate the movie now and I admit it's not scary at all. But still, it's nothing more than a mild bad experience. It's not like everyone got raped at the theater or something.
Don't get me wrong. I understand why they're upset. I'd be too. But come on, don't blow that out of proportion.

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

Haha I died laughing from this! I'm sorry for those parents, but this is hilarious!

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.

You're the one that needs professional help, if you think accidentally seeing a scene from a C-grade horror movie warrants therapy.

Huh. That seems like something I would do. Well, you know what they say. A little childhood trauma builds character.

That must have been hilarious to see. XD

I'll bet you it wasn't an accident and the person who played the film just wanted to a laugh. Either that or he needed to vent his frustrations.

But yeah, I never really understood how Paranormal Activity is scary. Sure, it made me jump a few times due to jump scares, but that was it really.

My mom is terrified of those movies though. :/

Enough to scare them for life? How fuckin' weak are kids today? They'll get over it in less than a week you fuckin' imbecile.

Also, this wasn't a technical error. I bet someone did this on purpose. And I applause the person that did it.

Well, at least they got their start in horror with something about as scary as Ghostbusters. Good to ease the kids into it, y'know?

"The cinema needs to check the film before sending everyone in so they don't make this mistake again."

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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.

Wasn't that because he watched an entire, extremely graphic rape scene?

Apparently the trailers for mature rated movies (as opposed to the kind they tend to show for kids films) and the announcement before the film started saying, which film was playing wasn't enough for them to notice and notify a member of staff.

I'm laughing soooooo hard :) They should let the young ones see the movie! I mean, it's all anti-bullying, tolerance and love bullshit nowadays, kids are all growing strange and weak, at least the scare would grow them some balls. When I was their age (well, somewhere around 5-7 years old) I would watch not only the obvious Disney and Looney Tunes, but also Robocop, Terminator and my favorite back then PREDATOR. Not tha Paranormal Activity is any good or sacry at all though, but it would have a funny impact on kids hahahaha.

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