Kids ‘distraught’ after accidental screening of horror trailer at Hatfield Odeon
PUBLISHED: 17:33 11 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:45 12 April 2019
Little cinema goers were crying and frightened today after they were accidentally shown trailers for adult horror movies at Hatfield Galleria’s Odeon cinema.
The 2pm screening of colourful kids’ animation Wonder Park, rated PG, took a terrifying turn thanks to a mishap in the cinema.
Trailers for adult films were screened before managers were told by shocked parents that they were showing the wrong reels.
Mums and dads got in touch with the WHT after a horror trailer was shown, believed to be either a 2019 reboot of “Child’s Play”, a horror classic about a demonic child’s doll, or similar horror “Annabelle Comes Home”, also about a supernatural doll.
Kerrie Dover, who was there with her six- and eight-year-old sons, said she was the first person to go and tell managers.
“All the kids came out screaming,” she said.
“They totally messed the whole thing up,” said one dad who had brought his young son along.
“There’s lots of distraught crying children outside, it was really quite scary.”
Cinema goers were offered refunds by an apologetic manager but the father, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he hadn’t wanted to queue up.
Kerrie felt the wait was too long, and that the alternative film offered, “Peppa Pig Festival of Fun”, wasn’t going to be of any interest to her eight-year-old.
A spokesperson for Odeon Cinemas said: “We’ve apologised for a scheduling error at our Hatfield cinema today.
“Once the team were made aware, the programme was quickly stopped, and our team apologised and offered full refunds as well as complimentary tickets to all those who attended the screening.
“We look forward to welcoming them again soon.”
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