Everyone has experienced rowdy moviegoers at one time or another, but some theaters in London's West End have had enough, and are enlisting the help of a virtually-invisible "ninja taskforce" to keep their film patrons in-line.
The CBC reported that the Prince Charles Cinema is one of several theaters who have formed a force of volunteer film lovers to don all-black, skin-tight, head-to-toe "Morphsuits" to quiet down noisy people in the theaters in exchange for free admission to films.
According to reports, the "theater ninjas" stealthily roam around the theater and have full authorization to leap out and startle anyone disturbing a performance either by talking, using a cell phone or any other manner of nuisance. However, the theater stated that the ninjas are not allowed to make physical contact with anyone causing a disturbance.
"I normally hate noisy people in cinemas, but I got a call from my friend just as the movie started and thought I could get away with taking it," theater patron Abdul Stagg told Slashfilm.com. "The last thing I expected was two completely blacked-out people suddenly appearing by our seats and give me and my mates a warning to shut up. It was actually pretty terrifying at first, but then I realized it was a bit of a laugh and a great way to make it clear what I was doing was having an impact on those around me."
Morphsuits founder Gregor Lawson told Slashfilm that the whole idea for the theater-based ninja force started on his company's Facebook page, where customers post photos of the suits in action.
There's no word on whether the silencing effort will be adopted in the U.S., or if any members of the invisible police force have met with any fisticuffs by a startled film buff.
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