There comes a point in every child’s life when he or she has to learn about certain things that may make him or her a bit uncomfortable. That’s what growing up is all about. People die. War exists. Babies are made in ways that seem unfathomably disgusting. While you threw away your Go-Gurt because you didn’t feel like having that flavor today, somewhere else in the world a child died from starvation. And sometimes, when you least expect it, shit just gets SPOOKY. From Yahoo:

A cinema full of children waiting to see ‘Madagascar 3′ were shown supernatural horror film ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ by accident.

Shocked families at Nottingham’s Cineworld had to rush their children out of the auditorium as they realised that the wrong film was being projected.

But not before a scene at the very start of the film – featuring a bloodied female corpse being thrown at the camera – upset children as young as five, among around 25 families watching.

Natasha Lewis of Bulwell in Nottingham, who took her eight-year-old son Dylan to the screening, said: “They started playing the movie and I thought – this doesn’t look right. And then I recognised 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.

Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa. AHHHH! Sorry, kids! That sounds like an incredible opening scene and I’m sure one day you’ll look back on this experience and laugh and laugh, remembering where the seed of your night terrors and inability to function normally in society was first planted, but right now you’re still probably a bit shaky. That’s ok! It hurts to pull off a band-aid! But it had to be done. Congratulations. Today you are men and women.

Comments (42)
  1. ““They started playing the movie and I thought – this doesn’t look right. And then I recognised the opening sequence as a flash back to the first movie, which I saw a couple of years ago.”

    And, umm…it wasn’t animated. That wasn’t setting off any alarms?

  2. the old paranorm switcheroo.

  3. Sure, but doesn’t Spooky Buddies begin with the exact same scene?

  4. Scared and half naked in a movie theatre… poor kid. Reminds me of a dream i could’ve had.

  5. So for days I have been hearing this high-pitched beep, like the (loud) electronic equivalent of a faucet leaking, at random intervals in the middle of the night. And I was CONVINCED it was some awful Paranormal Activity bullshit going on–so convinced that as I lay awake at 4 a.m., awaiting the next terrifying beep, I would imagine placing the camera on the dresser, recording through the night, and watching it the next day only to find myself levitating and standing unmoving beside the bed for hours, beeping. THE BEEP IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE ME! But then this morning I realized it was a smoke detector of which I was heretofore unaware. Yay, I’m sleeping tonight! But not if I keep thinking about Paranormal Activity, I guess.

  6. Guys, I am waiting to start my job interview ahhhh! That’s pretty scary right? Lobbies are scary? Paranormal lobby activity 5!

  7. When I was a wee lad, you know what my favorite movies were? the Nightmare On Elm Street series (in order of greatness: 3, 1, 5, 4, 6, 7, 2). Children LOVE scary movies, these parents need to RELAX.

    • I agree!! I loved the Jason movies! My mother would have been forced to carry me out if this was child me, but usually i saw movies with my dad and he would have been like oh this Madagascar movie is great(since he brought me to kids movies to nap he wouldn’t have known off the bat)!

  8. So who’s suing who? That’s always how things like this end up.

    • Newbie! Because you’re new and nobody else seems to want to properly welcome you (because they’re assholes), let me just say, welcome! Also, as a welcoming gift, I’m going to let you get away with that who/whom slip-up. But just this once! You’re on notice!

      • Hi, facetaco! You know, I’ve been following videogum for a little while now, and your comments always stand out.

        But I do need to clarifiy that I DO understand the proper use of who and whom; I just didn’t want to appear uppity in one of my first posts here. I promise to be more grammar-proper from now on.

  9. This has nothing to do with Paranormal Activity, but I just want to thank the good people at the target-ad groups that knew I wanted to see a skyscraper promo for Magic Mike, the greatest movie of all time.

  10. When I was in 3rd grade, my dad decided to watch Candyman 2 during family dinner. It terrified me. I kept trying to say Candyman three times in mirrors just to prove it wasn’t real, but I stopped after the second Candyman many many times over a pretty long period. When I finally got to three, I made sure that my parents were both in the room, so they could get murdered with me? Served them right for letting an 8-year-old watch that movie.

  11. Yeah, kids dealing with scary things is a fact of life (IS it, KajusX & Chainsaws? REALLY?!). Different things scare different kids.

    I remember when I was 9 and my sister was 6, friends of my parents came to visit with their son, who was about 8 or 7. Barely younger than me. Definitely older than my sister. My sister and I were watching Labyrinth, AGAIN (we loved the Muppets and Sesame Street and Jim Henson, and we were aware that Labyrinth was a movie and not real and all the creatures had peoples’ arms up in them, etc).

    For context, the spot in the movie where we were at when the family arrived was very early on, when Jennifer Connolly first pleas from her bedroom to the Goblin Prince and it cuts to that shot of all the sleeping goblins. It’s a pretty funny scene of the goblins because Jennifer doesn’t say the words right and all the goblins get frustrated or flat out have hearing problems and are scolded. VERY Jim Henson.

    The mother was all like, “Oh no no no. My son can’t watch this movie. He’ll be scared.” It looked like the mom was more concerned than her son was, who was just kind of sitting there. The mother was insistent, even while her son was straight up watching the movie with us, already engrossed. But no. This lady saw that and was like OH NO NO NO, and my mom had me put on something else for us all to watch while they had cocktails or went to prepare food or something (probably both).

    Anyway. I guess that wasn’t a story about kids being scared, but rather parents being scared that kids will be scared.

    Oh. I guess I can also say that even though I was cool with Labyrinth, I was SUPER-afraid of scary movies for at LEAST the first 19 years of my life, and the Get A Life Halloween episode gave me nightmares, and even the Simpsons Tree House of Horror occasionally raised my hackles (coincidentally, both of those examples had to do with episodes in which the walls of houses bleed and ominous voices boom and echo through the halls).

    • The Count on Sesame Street scared the crap out of me, so I’m never in a position to criticize any kid’s neurosis.

    • I was once catapulted into horrifying nightmare land by an episode of Punky Brewster (that scary-ass shit with the cave and the spider and Alan’s face in the wall). And also by a video of a live birth.

      You never can tell.

      • Alan’s face in the wall with (what I want to recall as) scary contact lenses scared me stupid. SO scary. Also, SNICK’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ was a show I watched, but I did NOT enjoy. I watched it to confront my fears, knowing I had to at some point.

        • That was some fucked up shit, right? Dang, Punky.

          I do that now, actually, the fear confronting, by rewatching the clip from Superman II of that lady being pulled into the computer and made into a cyborg with a terrible wig. But it still freaks me out, so I don’t know how well confronting your fears works. I think I was happier with them unconfronted, frankly.

    • I was definitely older than ten when I first saw Labyrinth and I still LOVED it (Jim Henderson and David Bowie is a magic mix) but I kinda wish I’d seen it when I was younger, mostly cause I’d have more years to watch it over and over again.

  12. something something my bar mitzvah something something corpses something something “Today I am a man!”

  13. BAAHAHAHA! I get a huge kick out of seeing children scared. I wonder if I’m a horrible person?

  14. I’m not up to date on my British slang. Does “full pelt” mean what I think it means?

  15. I had a far more harrowing experiance. When I saw Prometheus with my brother we quickly became suspicious that something was wrong because all the trailers were for family films and animated movies, I even walked out and double checked that we were in the right theatre since it was a large multiplex. And then we were confronted with the reality of our situation as Madagascar 3 started to play in graphic 3D. It took half an hour for the staff to switch the films (I know modern projectors don’t burst into flames and cinema’s are busy but maybe one person could double check that the film being played is the right one), half an hour of a contrived plot and painfully unfunny Chris Rock voice acting, before I could finally relax and with some alien body horror.

  16. Why is everyone worrying about the kids being scared? I thought spooky things communicated with kids first? They are like paranormal bloodhounds. They’ve seen it all before they’ve lost all their baby teeth. Also pretty much every other horror movie begins with some kid saying they’ve seen or heard something strange and the adults refuse to acknowledge their feelings and concerns.
    Short list of examples:
    Poltergeist: “They’re heee-eeere.”
    The Exorcist
    Paranormal Activity 3: Somebody under the age of 12 has to agree to marry a ghost/demon/travelling salesman.
    The Sixth Sense: Somebody saw dead people, and it wasn’t Bruce Willis.

  17. Great. Have a good day.

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