Steven Greydanus describes a growing problem for moviegoers, and he’s absolutely right.
Have you ever been shocked at what you saw during the trailers?
Have your kids ever been frightened by a trailer before a family film?
When I was in the 2nd grade, I remember going to see “Superman: The Movie” as part of a friend’s birthday celebration and was utterly traumatized by a trailer for a remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” that was shown before the film. I cried throughout the entire movie and had nightmares for months thereafter. That was in the late 1970s, so this is certainly not a new problem!
I didn’t see too many movies as a kid, but when I started going to the movies with friends as a teenager, I was often frightened by ‘scary movie’ trailers. As an adult, I love trailers, I think they’re fun. But I still hate scary movies and I’m annoyed when they sneak one into a movie I go to see. I take my younger sisters to the movies sometimes, and inevitably there will be a scary preview. I think I may try to complain next time, never thought it might make a difference before reading Steven’s article…
I remember when I was 10 being taken to see “Ghostbusters 2.” Before that PG-rated comedy–which kids loved because of the animated Ghostbusters show that was popular at the time–they played a trailer for the distinctly un-PG rated “Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan.” I remember hiding my eyes and cowering behind the seat, plugging my ears because the screams scared me.
It was the scariest thing until I actually saw the movie about 10 years later…but that was scary for a whole other reason.