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Children waiting to watch a cartoon about ducks left sobbing in the cinema aisles after being shown a horror film trailer where students are murdered over Christmas


  • Trailer for 15-rated Black Christmas played ahead of screening of Migration 
  • Vue cinema, in Eastleigh, Hampshire, blamed a ‘technical scheduling error’

Children waiting to watch a cartoon about ducks were left sobbing in the cinema aisles after they were shown a horror film trailer where students are murdered over Christmas

Youngsters had settled down to watch U-rated Migration about a family of mallards migrating to Jamaica at the Vue cinema in Eastleigh, Hampshire, when the trailer for 15-rated 2019 horror flick Black Christmas began to play and showed someone being stabbed with an icicle. 

Panicked parents dashed out of auditorium to find staff to turn off the gory clip, but many were left having to console their horrified children.

Vue cinema has apologised for the mishap which has left some youngsters mentally scarred and having nightmares. 

Jeana Palmer took her children Molly, 11, and Isaac, 10, to watch the animated film on February 8.

Youngsters had settled in to watch U-rated Migration about a family of mallards migrating to Jamaica at the Vue cinema in Eastleigh, Hampshire

Youngsters had settled in to watch U-rated Migration about a family of mallards migrating to Jamaica at the Vue cinema in Eastleigh, Hampshire

But a trailer for 15-rated 2019 horror flick Black Christmas began to play and showed someone being stabbed with an icicle

But a trailer for 15-rated 2019 horror flick Black Christmas began to play and showed someone being stabbed with an icicle

The 36-year-old was left ‘disgusted and on edge’ after the 2019 horror film trailer played.

She said: ‘As soon as the music turned, I knew it was inappropriate.

‘My son found it really upsetting and has continued to see certain images from the film at bedtime and is suffering with sleep.

‘The film itself was quite innocent but because of the trailer beforehand he was scared of parts of the film that otherwise he would never have been scared of.’

She added: ‘I wouldn’t have minded if the film had a higher age rating, but it was a U, so it wasn’t appropriate in the slightest and there was one child as young as four in the cinema.’

The trailer for Black Christmas features multiple acts of violence – including someone being stabbed with an icicle, as well as a second person being stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife.

It also includes an implied neck break as well as sharp jump scares.

Ms Palmer noted that when she raised the issue with the cinema’s manager – first when the trailer was playing and again after the film had finished – she claims she was met with a ‘lack of empathy’.

She said: ‘I, along with a couple of other parents, spoke to the manager just wanting to get a justification for what happened but he was very vague and defensive.

‘Apparently, he’d received emails that this had happened at more than one venue and said it was out of his control.

Panicked parents rushed out of the Vue cinema's auditorium and asked staff to turn off the trailer (Pictured: Vue cinema in Eastleigh, Hampshire)

Panicked parents rushed out of the Vue cinema’s auditorium and asked staff to turn off the trailer (Pictured: Vue cinema in Eastleigh, Hampshire) 

The trailer for Black Christmas features multiple acts of violence - including someone being stabbed with an icicle, as well as a second person being stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife

The trailer for Black Christmas features multiple acts of violence – including someone being stabbed with an icicle, as well as a second person being stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife

‘We were later offered free tickets by the head office, but it doesn’t seem like a good response to a complaint.’

A spokesperson for Vue said: ‘Due to a technical scheduling error from a provider, a non-planned film trailer was shown ahead of a small number of Migration screenings on February 8.

‘As soon as we became aware, the trailer was immediately removed across all screenings.

‘We are working with the film distributor to make sure this does not happen again, and we apologise to the affected customers.’



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