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: April 07, 2007, 06:27:30 PM

The bold part of the article explains my subject title...

I'd be annoyed that I had to wait a half hour for the film to start but
I think the kids will be fine.

It's pretty funny, IMO...

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lifilm0407,0,6961940.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

Theater apologizes for horror film mixup
BY JULIET CHUNG
juliet.chung@newsday.com

April 6, 2007, 10:03 PM EDT
The operator of the Holtsville theater that showed the graphic opening scene of a horror movie to an unwitting family audience apologized Friday and said it would work with the theater's managers to prevent a reoccurrence.

National Amusements, operator of Island 16 multiplex and 1,500 movie screens in the United States and abroad, said the R-rated "The Hills Have Eyes 2" was "started in error" at 8 p.m. Thursday instead of the scheduled PG-rated movie, "The Last Mimzy," but declined to elaborate on the nature of the error.

The Wes Craven horror flick was scheduled to play in the same theater at 10:25 p.m.

"National Amusements extends its deepest apologies to the children and families in the audience," spokeswoman Wanda Whitson said in a statement. "We are working with our theater's managers to correct this situation and ensure that it does not happen again."

Island 16 moviegoers criticized National Amusements Friday for not going into further detail and said the company had a responsibility to disclose what happened.

"That's not even something I would go see by myself," said Frank Doll, 31, of Mastic, who was in the audience with his children when the opening scene started without warning, before the film's opening credits.

The real problem, he added, was the sequence's lingering effects on his 3-year-old son, Frankie. "The Hills Have Eyes 2" opens with a shot of a nude, chained woman giving birth to what appears to be a mutant creature with clawed hands.

"My wife is eight months pregnant and he's been asking, 'Is that what mommy's going to have?'" Doll said. "We've been trying to explain that all day."


Alan Bieler, 62, of Medford, said he would excuse the theater for unexpectedly showing part of a G- or PG-rated movie to a family audience.

"But PG to R," he said, then paused. "That's too much."

The film ran for about 10 minutes before theater employees located by some parents turned it off. They gave customers movie vouchers and started the scheduled film a half hour late.

Former projectionist Brian Frankel, now a business agent for a Long Island stagehand union, said such errors were rare and that more common mistakes include scheduled movies being shown upside down or out of order.

Despite the mix-up -- and the television crews stationed outside the theater -- attendance seemed strong at Island 16 Friday. Shortly after 11 a.m., a group of small children accompanied by their parents thronged in the multiplex's main hall.

Anthony Rizzo, 38, of Holbrook, said he was concerned a similar mix-up could occur in front of his three young daughters, who waited to watch "Meet the Robinsons."

But, he said, "If it happens in the first 10 seconds, I'll be out the door."

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#1 : April 07, 2007, 06:34:54 PM

What's a 3 year-old doing in a PG movie?

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#2 : April 07, 2007, 06:44:38 PM

Parental Guidance

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#3 : April 07, 2007, 07:23:09 PM

Parental Guidance

Ture, they never qualify that to say "good" or "proper" guidance.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.

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#4 : April 09, 2007, 11:46:36 AM

Why did the parents let their kids sit there for 10 minutes watching every minute? They should have walked the kids out before they could watch the entire birthing. I have not seen the movie but a naked woman chained should have been a clue that it was the wrong movie.


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#5 : April 09, 2007, 12:41:56 PM

During the birthing scene...

Husband: "Honey, something just doesn't feel right about this."

Wife: "Just give it time, babe. Movies like this start slow."

Kid: "Mommy, your belly scares me!"
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