Cinema Screens Paranormal Activity 4 Instead of Madagascar 3

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lacktheknack:

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.

I think its kinda hilarious. All manner of things I imagine them doing or saying in those few scant seconds.

Back OT. I bet that in a few months or so, we (for those who do) will read an entry on "Work Sucks" (College Humor) detailing a situation where an employee was unjustly fired followed by switching the tags on two films before they left.

Well... there is a SLIGHT differance between this... image
and this...
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Not sure how the projector operator could miss it...

"Projectionist Tyler Durden was unavailable for comment"

Milanezi:
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.

You couldn't be more wrong if you tried. Bullying is a universal issue. Adults experience it too but it's called workplace harassment. On the other hand, I'm sure the kids were scarred by the fact that they were watching a terrible movie rather than a scary one. Even as a parent I'd be laughin while consoling my kid by telling him that I'll show him a REAL scary movie some day and PA us just schlock.

5 year old Darryl: WAAAH! THIS IS SHIT! THIS IS HORRIBLE! WHY MOMMY?! YOU KNOW I ONLY WATCH AVANT GARDE INDIE FILMS!

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.

Fucking nightmare fuel. I'm going to have nightmares for months!

Something related to Paranormal Activity?

QUICK, EVERYONE POST HOW THEY DON'T FIND THESE MOVIES SCARY!!

*sigh*

You know, i already got that when everyone wrote it in the comments of PA2 Reviews...

On Topic:

As a parent i'd be annoyed, but as myself i am highly amused. Only thing that'd be funnier is to insert that scene into the actual Madagascar 3 copy.
But yeah, scarred for life? Unlikely.

Then again, german kids do get trained on this shit by TV

(Yes, this was shown in regular commercial blocks), even though i think starting at 7 or 8 PM)

Also, people tend to forget that most kids actually really like the scary stuff.

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

http://earthboundcentral.com/2009/01/the-scene-that-inspired-giygas/

Nope, actually.

Just strangulation and dismemberment.

dogstile:

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.

Fucking nightmare fuel. I'm going to have nightmares for months!

The best part is that you say this in this thread.

ITT: Bodies slamming the camera is a mild annoyance and comical doll faces are the most terrifying thing ever.

(Not aimed at you, just an observation of this thread.)

it was enough to scar them for life,

yeah um let's not lose our shit here

Athol:

OuendanCyrus:
This pleases me greatly.

For you good sir.

I'm glad I'm not alone. :D

Dude I love your avatar Charles Bronson in Death Wish is the shit.

OT: Unfortunate, but not horrible. Like one of the dudes above me, it surprises me that no one caught this during the trailers for adult movies. I don't think it is funny like some of the other posters above me as well. It isn't cool going into what is supposed to be a family friendly environment and having that happen. Also, don't they have people check before they screen it?

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

They actually did.
The last paragraph in the opening post sais so...
I liked Madagascar 1, haven't seen 2 or 3 and none of the PA movies either.

lacktheknack:

dogstile:

lacktheknack:

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.

Fucking nightmare fuel. I'm going to have nightmares for months!

The best part is that you say this in this thread.

ITT: Bodies slamming the camera is a mild annoyance and comical doll faces are the most terrifying thing ever.

(Not aimed at you, just an observation of this thread.)

In their defense, gamers are so used to jump scares that they don't realise how scary it would be to a kid. Doll faces? With that noise? That throws us way off our game.

But I agree, after reading everyones responses to your avatar and then to the film, it is indeed pretty funny.

Can someone explain to me why 5 year old kids were seeing Madagascar 3? You that has adult themes in it too you know.

You think that's bad? At my theater they had kids witnessing Grind house!

The kids will be scared for a week, but after that they'll have the power of bragging to their friends about this. "I saw an R-rated movie, i'm so bad-ass, I poop awesome!". Scarred for life? Unlikely, I mean what age were you when you saw your first R-rated horror film? I remember watching Night of the Living Dead with my family, but we're pretty strange anyways. I mean during Christmas time we would watch Die Hard instead of It's a wonderful life.

Edit: I do feel sorry for the parents. No chance to get busy when the kid wants to sleep in their bed all the time. :(

dogstile:

lacktheknack:

dogstile:

Fucking nightmare fuel. I'm going to have nightmares for months!

The best part is that you say this in this thread.

ITT: Bodies slamming the camera is a mild annoyance and comical doll faces are the most terrifying thing ever.

(Not aimed at you, just an observation of this thread.)

In their defense, gamers are so used to jump scares that they don't realise how scary it would be to a kid. Doll faces? With that noise? That throws us way off our game.

But I agree, after reading everyones responses to your avatar and then to the film, it is indeed pretty funny.

Another interesting side note is that I've exposed small children to that video of my avatar (it was an accident) and they thought it was the best thing they'd seen all day.

We can conclude three things here:

1. Adults work with jump scares much better than kids.

2. Kids can work with WTF way better than adults.

3. I'm an oversized child.

gmaverick019:
just because it isn't scary for you, doesn't mean it isn't scary for someone else, [...] the kids will be fine, nothing like growing a little hair on your chest from seeing disturbing images as a child ;)

You sound sane in the head!^^ I am appalled by some individuals...

The same kind that watches the news and joke and scoff at genocides and such... :(

Christ lady, kids are a bit more resilient than you give them credit for. I would assert that not a single kid in there was scarred for life and I'd wager more than two liked what they saw but were terrified by their parents response.

lacktheknack:

dogstile:

lacktheknack:

The best part is that you say this in this thread.

ITT: Bodies slamming the camera is a mild annoyance and comical doll faces are the most terrifying thing ever.

(Not aimed at you, just an observation of this thread.)

In their defense, gamers are so used to jump scares that they don't realise how scary it would be to a kid. Doll faces? With that noise? That throws us way off our game.

But I agree, after reading everyones responses to your avatar and then to the film, it is indeed pretty funny.

Another interesting side note is that I've exposed small children to that video of my avatar (it was an accident) and they thought it was the best thing they'd seen all day.

We can conclude three things here:

1. Adults work with jump scares much better than kids.

2. Kids can work with WTF way better than adults.

3. I'm an oversized child.

A kid thought that was the best thing he/she had seen all day?

dogstile:

lacktheknack:

dogstile:

In their defense, gamers are so used to jump scares that they don't realise how scary it would be to a kid. Doll faces? With that noise? That throws us way off our game.

But I agree, after reading everyones responses to your avatar and then to the film, it is indeed pretty funny.

Another interesting side note is that I've exposed small children to that video of my avatar (it was an accident) and they thought it was the best thing they'd seen all day.

We can conclude three things here:

1. Adults work with jump scares much better than kids.

2. Kids can work with WTF way better than adults.

3. I'm an oversized child.

A kid thought that was the best thing he/she had seen all day?

...Crap, I can totally see that. Time to start building the bunker.

How much if it actually played? 2 minutes in parents should have been going to say that it was the wrong movie.

Oh come on
I saw the Alien movies when I was EIGHT.

Some people like exaggerating a bit to much. I would have asked my kid if he wanted to see it, and if he said yes I would have stayed and openly mocked the entire thing.

Its not even scary, it just relies on shock value.

Ah yeah, a body being flung at the camera is definitely scaring for life.

Kids are such wussies nowdays, did the boys not shout out in joy over gore? I know I did back in the days when such trivial things did not fuck us up.

This is clearly a case of parents overracting, of course the cinema could be sued for false marketing by showing the incorrect movie.

Oh lawdy and when I thought my local Cineworld is awful (one time the screen was like manify and another time they mess something up that a employee was standing outside telling up that can't show any films today due to technical issues).
Man too bad this didn't happen on Halloween night as it would of made an excellent trick!

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.

So because he merely remembers something from his childhood, it means he is scarred?

In my childhood i also suffered a scary experience that left me with nightmares and fear for quite a while. It still didn't scar me because just like a scary movie, you eventually grow old enough to realize that fiction can't harm you.

Fail logic is fail.

Athinira:

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.

So because he merely remembers something from his childhood, it means he is scarred?

In my childhood i also suffered a scary experience that left me with nightmares and fear for quite a while. It still didn't scar me because just like a scary movie, you eventually grow old enough to realize that fiction can't harm you.

Fail logic is fail.

I wasn't being totally serious. It was a fun little connection I'd thought I'd bring up.

For the love of God, don't make me break out the pink text.

Owyn_Merrilin:
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?

Yeah, I worked in Film Distribution for a while, thankfully I got out of that train wreck of an industry while I could a few years back. So, my knowledge is a bit dated, but here goes:

Yeah, the first series of Digital Cinema projectors had to have their drives swapped -and consequently powered-down- if you wanted to swap films, but this was as far back as the late 90s and early 20th century, and most theaters could not afford the $4 million USD price-tag for each projector anyway. The only theaters running those machines were studio-backed theaters, since upwards of 75% of the ticket price that you pay goes directly to the Distributor company. This is why they charge $5 USD for a bucket of popcorn, kids, because Tom Cruise needs $20 million USD a film, and cannot spare a dime for the minimum-wage theater employees, nor for families just trying to have a night out.

As the technology increased, the price came down. When I left the industry, a new digital projector was introduced at Trade West for only about $500,000 USD, and since all North American theaters are supposed to switch to digital by the end of the year, low-end projectors are going at about $200,000 a piece with package deals of eight projectors or more. Of course, the low-end projectors only work for physically smaller theaters, etc.

But the main issue with the first generation digital projectors at the time was not storage space for the film, but rather color brightness and what is called the "Foot-Lampert" measure. When light is emitted by a source, it is measured in Lumens, when it is reflected off of something, it is measured in Foot-Lamperts. The old digital projectors could barely hit the industry standard of 16 Foot-Lamperts at a "Euro Flat" aspect ratio of 1.66: 1, while most American films and screens are "Flat" aspect ratio of 1.81: 1, meaning they have to project a physically larger image at the same distance. All 20th Century Fox films have a "Scope" aspect ratio of 2.31: 1, further putting the old digital technology in the hole.

These issues have been addressed, though. And the mass production of digital projectors for North America will bring the price down, and in Europe and other places where the standard cinema aspect ratio is 1.66: 1, I imagine there will be some even cheaper models available.

But you make a good point, showing the wrong film in any particular theater is as easy as selecting the wrong playlist on your iPod.

Hahaha, I love all these posts saying "Psh, your weak-ass kids should toughen up, why I would have loved that when I was six, I woulda been like 'I'd rather watch this movie!', rawr, I'm awesome."

No, you would have been screaming and crying too and you know it. We all would have. I remember seeing Watership Down when I was a kid and that shit freaking me right the fuck out. I still shudder when I think about it. Nowadays the Saw movies bore me.

Little five year old kids, expecting a colorful cartoon movie about talking animals, who instead have a gigantic twenty foot dead body hurled at them are going to lose their shit and it's not their fault. They're freaking little kids.

NOT... and I want to make this perfectly clear... NOT that this isn't HILARIOUS because it IS. I'm just saying, stop posturing.

itsthesheppy:
Hahaha, I love all these posts saying "Psh, your weak-ass kids should toughen up, why I would have loved that when I was six, I woulda been like 'I'd rather watch this movie!', rawr, I'm awesome."

No, you would have been screaming and crying too and you know it. We all would have. I remember seeing Watership Down when I was a kid and that shit freaking me right the fuck out. I still shudder when I think about it. Nowadays the Saw movies bore me.

Little five year old kids, expecting a colorful cartoon movie about talking animals, who instead have a gigantic twenty foot dead body hurled at them are going to lose their shit and it's not their fault. They're freaking little kids.

NOT... and I want to make this perfectly clear... NOT that this isn't HILARIOUS because it IS. I'm just saying, stop posturing.

Here he!

For those who claim it wouldn't have freaked them out, maybe you should go have a chat with one of your parents and ask them about seeing horror movies.

What you might not get is finding a ragdoll corpse being flung at a screen as not scaring takes a degree of desensitization and emotional maturity that a little kid isn't going to have. Yes, your all right that said kids will recover and be normal adults and the like, though the experience can, and will be (don't lie, unless your a psychopath) a bit haunting.

Also understand the parent's perspective, minus the overprotection that is arguable bred in from not wanting their kid to die before growing up or not growing up well, who likely don't want to, or feel they should, have a talk with their kid about what they have seen and attempt to calm them down from what was suppose to be a nice family outing. Yes, shit happens and a parent needs to talk to their kids when it does, however, the theater does have a responsibility to not show age inappropriate material to kids under the understanding they would not have the mental facilities to process what they are seeing, and it will (not might) disturb them.

I assume in England, where this happened, there aren't that many previews and trailers in the screenings. I remember as a teen going to see Johnny English (its a piece of shit by the way) and that almost happened. I and everyone else in the audience saw 10 seconds of a trailer for some psychological triller when it cut out and then trailers for rating appropriate films started playing. Like to think the guy behind the curtain went 'opps' and then switched the reels or something.

First question: Why the fuck one wouldn't notice that error sooner.

Second question (and more important one): Why the fuck is there another Paranormal Activity. And why's it called PA4 and not PA7. There was the bear one and the alien one and another one...

And then I recognized the opening sequence as a flash back to the first movie

Second movie.

the 'Paranormal Activity' films are the scariest since 'The Exorcist'."

I'd kill myself if that sentence were true.

"It was only about two minutes worth of the film it was enough to scar them for life,

Pussies.

Beffudled Sheep:

Gilhelmi:
snip

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.

It is in their nature. In centuries past, Children grew up much faster. By age 12 you were mostly an adult, maturity wise that is. These, childhood is in many ways is being extended, mostly for the worse (though banning child labor was a good thing).

Back too point, Parents do not always know how too act when these situations arise. They see a dead body (real or not, does not matter) and react too protect the child from the danger of whoever killed them.

Sorry if my point is a bit confused, I am a bit sleepy.

Oh, they'll definitely be scarred. Not because it's a horror flick, but because it sucks.

Seriously, Oren Peli might have struck gold with the first movie, but dragging out the whole "KATIE IS EEEEEEVIL NOW!" schtick does not make for a good series or saga in any shape or form. He's had the same problem with "The Chernobyl Diaries".

Gilhelmi:
snip

I agree with this extended childhood being a bad thing. I don't believe kids and teens should be thrown completely to the wolves but they shouldn't be shielded from the truths of the world (pain, death, etc.). I once knew a girl that was homeschooled her entire life until her first year of high school. She didn't know what a war was and had never heard of the holocaust or anything similar. When we studied such subjects in history she flipped out and her parents complained to the school. I shook my head in pity.

But back on topic I think the parents themselves need to grow up. They must have had some very horrible lives if they want to stop their children from true life experience. Every danger, real or perceived, has a lesson to teach and these parents are denying their kids experiences that will actually help them live.

kajinking:
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.

Nope, one hit wonder.

OT: I can understand the parents being upset, but it wont scar them, it'll just leave them feeling disturbed for a few days at most.

God you guys are so hardcore, not being scared at a fictional movie! I'm sure as children you were never scared of anything and never had nightmares.

Yeah, this isn't scarring and the lady is hugely exaggerating, but really guys, do you have to come in here and announce how tough you are for not finding a film scary that others do? Like really, you're trying to make yourself look good by comparing yourself to a bunch of kids? I don't get it.

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