Zombie Flicks and 5 year olds?

  1. I went and saw Dawn of the Dead yesterday. (Great Remake by the way). A lady, and I use that term loosely, had a child in there that was all of 5 years old, possibly younger. This poor little guy started crying his eyes out in terror and the lady very reluctnatly took him out of the theater. If she brought him back in I didn't see or hear them. What in the world possesed this person to bring a child (who actually should have been in bed at that time of night) to a film that contained copious amounts of violence, cannabalism, sex, nudity, exploding heads , blood galore and more. I complained to the theater but they said as long as the parent/ guardian went into the movie with the child there was nothing they could do. That seems very wrong to me. It wasn't the fact the boy disturbed my movie, it was the fact that that poor thing will probably have nightmares. And its hard to forget the absolute terror in his cry. Am I wrong to be outraged? Should a child so young be subjected to such violence because his "adult" caregiver fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down? Find a sitter or stay home for crying out loud!!! :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
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  3. by   Katnip
    Yeah. Unfortunately it's very hard to regulate stupidity.
  4. by   nursedawn67
    I agree, but I guess some people don't think the way we do. That poor kid will be frightened for nights to come. I hope his mom gets some common sense and helps him work through those nights.
  5. by   nekhismom
    I can't imagine doing that to my son. I can't even watch those horror movies, so how could I expect my son to watch??

    He does like Jurassic Park, which I can't stand, but he started watching that without my knowledge or permission with my little sister. That's scary enough (too much for me) but he doesn't seem scared most times.
  6. by   suzanne4
    How stupid!!! I won't even watch any of those movies myelf!
    :uhoh21:
  7. by   Nurse Ratched
    I have to say that my parents didn't "censor" our viewing very much. We knew from the time we were pretty small what was real and what was make-believe. That said, we probably weren't quite well-behaved enough to take into a movie theater (Drive-ins were much more plentiful back then! )

    I might note that I saw the original Dawn of the Dead at the drive-in at the ripe old age of 8 .

    Disclaimer: I have no children and would probably be horrified at this if I did .
  8. by   Brickman
    I saw the Exorcist at the drive in when I was 4. Yes it did give me nightmares, but I have to admit that I rather enjoy a good scare. :uhoh21: I don't recall any kind of restrictions on what I saw groing up and can honestly say that I don't beleive I was traumatized by horror movies.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I think it was Rustyhammer that said this, correct me if i'm wrong:


    You have to have a license to FISH but none to PARENT.
  10. by   wrmbreeze
    That was way out of line. I was offended that when I saw DOTD tonight, there was a child in there who looked about 10. I think that parents need to stop and think what those types of movies do to their kids.( I have 2 children and before I let my kids watch anything scary we have long talks about what is real and what is make believe) But my child also likes 13 ghosts and I thought that was a little scary. We watched it in the daytime and made a rule before we started that we would stop it if at anytime she got scared. She didn't get scared at all and she said she liked the way they were made up. There was nudity in that movie also, but I had already talked to her about nude stuff so she could ask questions if she needed to. My thing is that I see parents every day that don't bother discussing things like this with their children before allowing them to watch. I think its all about the communication..IMHO
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Imbeciles seem to breed well.


    what can you say. Nothing illegal about what that parent did. But stupid? Heck yea.
  12. by   RNsweetie
    That is so sad.
    I was watching TV last night and that comercial came on and I was glad my daughters (5,7 and 9 were in bed because it scared me!
    I am with you :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire

    along that same line, I was talking to another parent at school and her older daugher (6) went to a sleep over and ended up commin home crying because they were allowed to watch that movie The Ring....... I ask WHAT THE HECK WHERE THE PARENTS THINKING!!! :angryfire :angryfire
  13. by   hock1
    I loved, loved, loved scarry movies even in my tender years, but 5 years old? Yikes.
  14. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from NurseRatchet26
    I went and saw Dawn of the Dead yesterday. (Great Remake by the way). A lady, and I use that term loosely, had a child in there that was all of 5 years old, possibly younger. This poor little guy started crying his eyes out in terror and the lady very reluctnatly took him out of the theater. If she brought him back in I didn't see or hear them. What in the world possesed this person to bring a child (who actually should have been in bed at that time of night) to a film that contained copious amounts of violence, cannabalism, sex, nudity, exploding heads , blood galore and more. I complained to the theater but they said as long as the parent/ guardian went into the movie with the child there was nothing they could do. That seems very wrong to me. It wasn't the fact the boy disturbed my movie, it was the fact that that poor thing will probably have nightmares. And its hard to forget the absolute terror in his cry. Am I wrong to be outraged? Should a child so young be subjected to such violence because his "adult" caregiver fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down? Find a sitter or stay home for crying out loud!!! :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
    Sounds like a very selfish caregiver to me. She wanted to see the movie and didn't have someone else to watch the child so to heck with it...go anways. Disgusting! (and as an aside, I can't tell you the last time my husband and I went to see a movie because we haven't been able to find reliable sitters)

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