When I recently attended a very late showing of Dead Silence, I was amazed, appalled, and annoyed that a couple had brought in their baby. A baby. I wasn't annoyed that the baby cried now and then, I was annoyed that they thought it's okay to bring a baby to a horror movie.
It's not. Even if a baby isn't fully conscious of the action on screen, he or she can still hear it. And many horror movies, especially R-rated ones, are very loud and filled with unsettling music and noise that's simply not healthy for a baby or young child to experience.
Dumb and dumber doesn't even cover the mindlessness of parents taking babies and very young children to horror movies, let alone R-rated ones.
When I read this Arizona Daily Star article on the subject, I couldn't help but think how scared that 4-year old boy was, and probably will be for a long time. It's judgment-impaired parents like these that give horror movies a bad reputation.