Typically when you take your young ones to the movies to watch a children’s film, you can rest assured that the previews before the show will be family friendly.
This was not the case in the United Kingdom before a screening of ‘Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun’ at Empire Cinema in Ipswich, England. BBC reports that trailers for upcoming horror films ‘Brightburn‘ and ‘Ma‘ played for several horrified children before ‘Peppa Pig‘ hit the big screen. For context, the trailer for ‘Brightburn‘ features a woman pulling a piece of glass from her eye.
‘Ma’s‘ trailer is no better, as a man is mutilated by a by a truck on the road. Mother Charlie Jones detailed her horrific experience witnessing the trailers alongside her two-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son:
“Normally I would expect her to be singing and dancing when watching something like [Peppa Pig] but she was just really subdued,” Jones said.
“I tried to cover her eyes during the trailers and told her they were silly films for mummies and daddies, but there were lots of kids crying and she was very confused and started crying too.”
An Empire Cinema spokeswoman released the following statement on the matter:
“As soon as the staff on site were made aware of the situation, the programme was stopped and trailers were taken off-screen immediately. We do sincerely