We were watching the NASCAR race on Sunday afternoon (Yes we were watching NASCAR and we do it often, let the heckling begin) and a trailer for the movie Piranha 3-D. If any of you have seen the trailer you will know what I am about to say. It is a horror movie that looks like a modern Jaws; I guess it is actually a remake of a late 70s movie. People are attacked by the fish with horribly large teeth and pulled down into the water. They don’t show any blood, but there is plenty of screaming and running.
I can’t believe that they would put on trailers for horror movies like this when children will be around watching the TV, especially during sporting events. How many times on the weekends do you have the TV on a baseball or football game and are not sitting or standing right next to your child. In our case on Sunday I was able to get Jack out of the room before he saw to much, because this wasn’t the first time we have had this happen.
A few years ago during the World Series they were advertising another horror movie, I believe it was for the Grudge or Grudge 2, but don’t quote me. Jack was much younger and actually start to cry because it scared him. This was during the World Series, come on who thought it was appropriate.
At that time I tried to find an email address or form on FOX’s website to give feedback and how awful it was. There should be standards, like you can’t advertise R rated movies until after 9 p.m. or at least not during shows or sporting events that kids will be watching. It is absolutely ridiculous.
We wonder why our society is more and more violent. Jim and I comment all the time on the number of horror movies that are being made. For that matter we comment on how many cartoon movies are being made too. Now horror movies are not my cup of tea, I am to easily scared and will have nightmares about them (yes nightmares, I actually couldn’t sleep for 3 days after watching Untraceable.) I am not saying that they shouldn’t be made or advertised, but just not when kids will see them.
I wish there was a way to let the networks know how we as parents feel about things like this, but haven’t found a good way to do it. So as for now this is the best I can do.