What has been going on in German cinemas in recent weeks is remarkable – and unfortunately not just in a positive sense. Because the horror film “Smile – Do you see it too?”, which DashFUN showed in Germany as a preview, became a box-office hit and achieved unprecedented success. But it also has a dark side. Because among the many, many people who bought a ticket for the shocker, there are also numerous troublemakers – to an extent that is not only unacceptable, but almost frightening.
on tik tok there are so many videos of people who have apparently forgotten that they are in a cinema – and not only yell across the hall, throw popcorn and film the film, but even jump up from their seats or in front of the screen put on a dance routine. After all, the platform feels like there are at least as many videos of people throwing up about those people. The cinema chain Cineplex is now even reacting to this behavior, is increasingly relying on controls and deliberately calls for the on-site staff to be informed immediatelyto be able to intervene.
And that’s exactly what we want to encourage you to do. Such misconduct should never be tolerated. The cinema experience is a shared experience, one that you share with like-minded people – and with horror films in particular it is particularly special when you feel how others are nervously shifting back and forth in their cinema seats and are startled at the top of their lungs when the killer appears out of nowhere the screen appears. However, people who can’t manage to behave civilly for even two hours (or worse: who so deliberately scream for attention) have no place here.
We don’t want to give those troublemakers a platform either, which is why we didn’t link the videos mentioned. Completely in contrast to Cineplex call on Facebookwhich can never reach too many people – and of course not only affects “Smile” performances, but every visit to the cinema.
For us, the cinema experience is one that can only be recreated to a limited extent in home cinema. We therefore recommend purchasing a ticket for “Smile” despite the recent events. For us, the “enterprising, cleverly told and staged” film is one of the best horror films of the year – which you should of course experience in the best possible way: in the cinema.
On the other hand, if you don’t feel like running the risk of letting the mood in the cinema spoil your mood and want to dive into the smiling horror undisturbed, you can of course just catch up on the film in the home cinema.
If you prefer to use the intimacy of your own four walls to get the creeps, you can alternatively “Smile – Do you see it too?” now available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray as well as video-on-demand:
» “Smile” at Amazon: DVD, Blu-ray & 4K* / VOD on Amazon Prime Video*
However, you still have to be patient until the home cinema launch of “Smile”. Amazon currently states May 31, 2023, which we assume is just a placeholder until the official launch is announced. A maximum time window between the cinema and home cinema start of four to five months is usual. We expect the film to be released for home theaters by February next year at the latest.
So you see: There are definitely ways to experience “Smile” undisturbed. Anyone who has had no luck with a performance in the cinema that is only attended by people who actually want to see the film should simply have potential troublemakers removed as quickly as possible. And if you’re not in a hurry, you’ll have the opportunity to catch up on the film at home in a few months at the latest.
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