October 24, 2012

Children traumatised when Paranormal 4 shown instead of Madagascar 3 in UK cinema (VIDEO)

Children expecting to see giggling zebras and comedic giraffes in a screening of Madagascar 3 were instead confronted by a terrifying corpse flying towards the screen when Paranormal Activity 4 was shown accidentally

OOPS. It's not even Halloween yet and already a bunch of UK children have been given the fright of their little lives.

A cinema full of kids were left traumatised when supernatural horror film Paranormal Activity 4 was accidentally screened instead of animated family film Madagascar 3.

"It opens on the most terrifying scene in the first film - where a body shoots full pelt towards the camera," said parent Natasha Lewis, whose attended the screening with her eight-year-old son.

"It's enough to make grown men jump, so you can imagine the terror in these young faces."
Film Review - Madagascar 3

Lewis said almost 25 families fled the theatre with their screaming children who were terrified at the traumatic images of a corpse hurtling towards the camera.

But it's rare that a mistake happens that so drastic it sends the audience actually running for the exits, with children screaming in horror.

"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 said.

America's Most Wanted: Gloria the Hippo (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith), Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock) from "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." Picture: AP Source: AP
A spokesperson for the Cineworld cinema in Nottingham blamed a "technical error" on the mix-up and apologised to the families involved.

"We take matters such as this very seriously and are currently working with technicians to ensure this does not happen again," the spokeperson said.

The theatergoers were given refunds as well as complimentary tickets and were invited to attend a later showing of Madagascar 3 free of charge.

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