A group of children expecting to see a new animated movie fled in terror on Saturday when the theater accidentally played one of the goriest horror films of the season.
"They started playing the movie and I thought - this doesn't look right," Natasha Lewis, who took her 8-year-old son Dylan to the screening on Saturday, told The Sun. "It's enough to make grown men jump, so you can imagine the terror in these young faces."
Employees at the Cineworld cinema in Nottingham, England claim a "technical error" caused the the theater to show Paranormal Activity 4 instead of the more kid-friendly Madagascar 3, according to Yahoo Movies.
The roughly 25 families attending the screening immediately grabbed their children and bolted for the exits.
"It was only about two minutes worth of the film but it was enough to scar them for life," Lewis, 32, told The Sun.
Certainly a terrible experience, but something remains unexplained. The Washington Post asks the tough question:
Does this mean that everyone who was waiting to see “Paranormal Activity 4” a few auditoriums over got to see the first two minutes of ”Madagascar 3”? Surely that experience was equally disturbing.
Apparently audiences everywhere can relate to the kids' urge to evacuate from the auditorium. Paranormal Activity 4 received a 27 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatos.