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Kids Distraught After Cinema Accidentally Plays Horror Film Instead Of 'Detective Pikachu'

A cinema accidentally played a horror film instead of 'Detective Pikachu', giving young fans a terrifying surprise.

Fans of the Pokémon franchise have greatly anticipated the release of 'Detective Pikachu', starring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the titular electric mouse alongside Justice Smith, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe and Rita Ora.

The family-friendly film is set in the world of Pokémon and sees Smith's character Tim Goodman team up with the caffeine-addicted Detective Pikachu to uncover the mystery of his missing father. It's a fun, colourful, exciting film which has already proven to have strong openings at the box office. It's also a great film for kids -- so long as the cinema plays the right film.

Unfortunately for a Montreal cinema full of kids, that's... not what happened.

'Screenrant's Ryan George was sitting in the cinema and clocked on early that something wasn't quite right about his session of the film when the first trailer they played ahead of 'Detective Pikachu' was for 'Annabelle Comes Home'.

Things only continued to derail from there as George tweeted, 'Andddd kids are crying. Now the 'Joker' trailer is playing."

Finally, things clicked into place as the beginning of the horror film, 'The Curse of La Llorona' -- released as 'The Curse of the Weeping Woman' in Australia -- began.

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In case you were wondering how different the two films are, for 'Detective Pikachu' one of the first scenes includes Tim trying to catch a Cubone with some hilarious results.

The first scene for 'La Llorona' features a mother drowning her two sons in a stream.

According to George's tweets, the cinema finally realised their mistake, and moved the audience to another cinema -- but not before a room full of kids were shown several terrifying scenes.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Last year, families in Perth hoping to see the animated flick 'Peter Rabbit' were shocked when the trailer for Toni Collette's terrifying 'Hereditary' played ahead of the happy rabbit's adventure.

Both 'Detective Pikachu' and 'The Curse of the Weeping Woman' are showing in cinemas across Australia. Just... make sure you know which one you're taking the kids to see.

Featured image: Warner Bros. Pictures.