Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Rant to Certain "Parents"

To the Parents who Bring their 5-Year Olds Kids to see Teen Slasher Flicks like My Bloody Valentine,

I'm appalled. Livid, really. You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. In fact, I question whether you should be a parent. It's so upsetting and heartbreaking. You think that it's ok to bring your child to sit in a dark theater and watch blood and guts being sprayed all over the screen? You can honestly sleep at night knowing that you've probably just given your little girl nightmares for the next few weeks, months. It would be like if I took my little niece to go see Hostel II. My 5-year old niece who can't even watch Snow White without crying. What the hell? You can sit next to your little girl all dressed in pink and watch bodies being chopped up and guts falling out. Really? Really? I'm horrified and so saddened that people like you exist. I'm so pissed and mad right now I can't stand it. When the lights come up in the theater after just witnessing so much gore, violence and bloodshed and you look around and see parents who have brought their little kids because they probably didn't feel like getting a babysitter or again are just too stupid to understand the concept of parenting.

I know there are some stupid people in this world, but that's beyond stupid. It's downright inhuman.

13 comments:

debbie said...

How do you feel about 10 year olds?
Zombie Girl???

:)

David Lowery said...

There was a six year old sitting behind us when we saw it, sucking his thumb the whole time. When it was over he said "I want to watch it again" but he sure didn't sound like he meant it. We were pissed too.

abc said...

seems like the theaters should take some responsibility too and not let the kids come in with the idiot parents. It's gross. gross.

Kat Candler said...

mark will back me up on this one, these kids were small. kindergarten, maybe? if that. i remember seeing beastmaster at a really young age (not that young though) and being pretty traumatized for a long while.

Anonymous said...

The cool thing about Zombie Girl (and one of the things I really liked about it) is that they actually addressed this issue in the film. In interviews, Tim League and Harry Knowles - two of the biggest gore hounds I know of! :) - even express uncertainty about letting her watch Undead.

But Emily (the "zombie girl" for those who've yet to see this film... now playing at Slamdance!) has a good mom that obviously spends a lot of time with her, and, I would guess, talks to her about the violent content.

Now, I could be wrong about this, but most often when I see a 4-8 year old (and let's admit, that's significantly different from 10 during those years...) at a horror/violent film, they seem to be there as accessories. Meaning, the kids seem to have been dragged along to the movie b/c the parents didn't get a baby sitter. These same kids are then usually making noise, running up-and-down the stairs, and disturbing other movie goers. Of course... their parents could care less. Just another sign that they are probably poor at raising children.

Anyways... everyone should go see Zombie Girl, and, to parents going to the multiplexes this weekend, either get a baby sitter, or go see Hotel For Dogs instead, ok?

-Mark

Anonymous said...

Well I have to be honest, We are totally horror flick fans in our household! And we do allow our kids to watch some scary movies, however we do screen them beforehand!!They aren't allowed to watch the Saw franchise until they are old enough to rent them themselves, we allow them to watch "thrillers" but not super gore flicks! And we do have them "turn their heads" when we know something is coming up that is not for their eyes, or will even skip through parts. The kids would all love to get to shoot at least one scary movie once in their acting endeavors but again this would be screened first!! When parents don't use good judgement that is when it's a problem, and it sounds like these parents didn't! I remember being about 6 and being taken to An American Werewolf in London. Oh yeah talk about nightmares! It was years before I could watch a scary movie without plugging my ears and closing my eyes! Stacey aka Mom to Kieran the Capri Sun drinking four year old...

ryan said...

There were tiny children in front of us when we went to see "The Strangers," and yeah, I was furious. I went and complained to the manager, and he seemed totally perplexed as to what I was even upset about, and kept asking if they were "making noise and being disruptive" (which they were), as if that was the only reason they might not let someone bring a small child into that film. Also, there was a little girl watching "The Descent" when I went to see that, too, who was visibly upset and scared and her parents wouldn't take her out. But yeah, anyone can be a parent (well, as long as they're not gay). You wouldn't BELIEVE what parents have done to some of the kids I work with; things like giving their babies and toddlers beer on a regular basis, or let their friends rape them for drugs. Yeah, good times. But anyone can be a parent!

Anonymous said...

it's a separate conversation altogether, but as a parent, i'm equally outraged at what in america are 'family friendly' films. i'm not saying throw them into slasher films, but i'm all for treating children like adults in-the-making and not as idiot dolls. forced to take my daughter to either bride wars or bloody valentine, can't say which i'd go with.

Kat Candler said...

my whole thing on kids ... let them be kids. there's plenty of time for them to deal with crappy stuff going on in the world when they get older. give them the years of innocence and wonder that they deserve.

Anonymous said...

i loved this article by ao scott from a few years back called And You'll Be a Moviegoer, My Son:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/05/movies/05note.html

scooter63 said...

OK, I have to get in on this. Kat, Amen! You know I completely am horrified at ignorant parents who do this. Right, Let them be kids. I saw American Werewolf (one of my favorites) when I was a freshman in college and it petrified me (in a good way). When I saw Natural Born Killers...the most disturbing film I've seen to this day) there were two middle school age girls who snuck in giggling next to me the whole time. Well, parents weren't with them...but we have created a society that says gore, torture etc is ENTERTAINMEN..and yes, we are desensitizing our children. I remember a friend of mine letting his fifth grade daughter go to a pajama party where they showed Pulp Fiction. When children grow up and their vocabulary involves profanity and crudity, I DO blame the parents for letting their children see this stuff. I am definitely no prude, but I think kids should stick with films that are PG and PG13. When I was in high school THE JERK was rated R. My Mom bought my ticket for R rated flicks when I wasn't old enought to...BLUES BROTHERS, CADDYSHACK.....these movies are TAME by today's PG13 standards.

I think the main problem is parents themselves haven't grown up. Sorry for the lengthy rant.

scooter63 said...

OK, I have to get in on this. Kat, Amen! You know I completely am horrified at ignorant parents who do this. Right, Let them be kids. I saw American Werewolf (one of my favorites) when I was a freshman in college and it petrified me (in a good way). When I saw Natural Born Killers...the most disturbing film I've seen to this day) there were two middle school age girls who snuck in giggling next to me the whole time. Well, parents weren't with them...but we have created a society that says gore, torture etc is ENTERTAINMEN..and yes, we are desensitizing our children. I remember a friend of mine letting his fifth grade daughter go to a pajama party where they showed Pulp Fiction. When children grow up and their vocabulary involves profanity and crudity, I DO blame the parents for letting their children see this stuff. I am definitely no prude, but I think kids should stick with films that are PG and PG13. When I was in high school THE JERK was rated R. My Mom bought my ticket for R rated flicks when I wasn't old enought to...BLUES BROTHERS, CADDYSHACK.....these movies are TAME by today's PG13 standards.

I think the main problem is parents themselves haven't grown up. Sorry for the lengthy rant.

Kat Candler said...

i'm all for opening children's eyes to the world of cinema. that's where my love for movies grew. seeing everything from DUNE to IRON EAGLE to KRULL to SPACE CAMP to THE SECRET OF NIMH to CONAN THE BARBARIAN. it all left a major impression, a major imprint on my life and my outlook of the world. but my parents were careful when to expose me to what.

i know that personally, i'd love to change what kids have the option to see in theaters these days. i'd love to find more adventure and excitement and exploration on a movie screen like i did when i was growing up. it's what fed my imagination after coming home from seeing XANADU or THE GOONIES or THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN.