Montreal children shaken after theatre accidentally plays horror film instead of Detective Pikachu

Children at a Montreal movie theatre who were expecting to see Detective Pikachu were instead left shaking in their seats when staff accidentally aired a horror film.

Screen Rant‘s Ryan George happened to be at the screening and live-tweeted the incident. His online play-by-play began when kids in the audience began crying while watching trailers of Joker, Child’s Play and Annabelle Comes Home.

The movie that followed the trailers was The Curse of La Llorona, a film about a troubled mother and her kids who enter a supernatural world and encounter La Llorona, a ghostly creature known for stealing children. 

The Curse of La Llorona, which has a 13+ rating in Quebec, is described on IMDb as a film with moderate violence and gore with severe frightening and intense scenes. 

“A woman drowns her own children and herself, and then her spirit drowns and attempts to drown other children,” the website said. “There are a great many jump scare scenes throughout the movie. La Llorona is definitely one of the scarier of the conjuring films, than the recent ones.” 

Once the theatre realized they had made a mistake, they shut off the film.  The audience was then ushered out of the theatre and relocated to another where Detective Pikachu was paused on screen, mid-movie.