Despite its strong performance on its opening weekend, where it ranked in the top 10 of all movies nationwide, theaters are now censoring the “Gosnell” movie profiling murderous abortionist Kermit Gosnell — who was sent to prison after killing babies in live-birth abortions.
Actor Dean Cain complained about how over 200 movie theaters stopped showing the moving — including theaters where it was performed well.
Now, “Gosnell” director Nick Searcy is upset with Hollywood as dozens more theaters have dropped the movie from their roster this week.
“This movie really exposes something that the Left does not want to report about,” Nick Searcy, the film’s director, told PJ Media in an interview Tuesday. “They’re basically trying to ignore this movie. They’re trying to say that it doesn’t exist because they don’t want to have a discussion about abortion.”
Here’s more from PJ Media about the 253 movie theaters total that have already abandoned “Gosnell:”
Searcy argued that abortion is tantamount to a “sacrament” on the Left, so any story that paints it in a bad light must be silenced. “Gosnell” tells the story of Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist in Philadelphia who was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder of three babies he killed after birth and involuntary manslaughter of one of his patients. His disgusting clinic has been dubbed a “house of horror.”
Last week, the Daily Wire’s Paul Bois reported that 188 theaters had dropped the film in the first week since it opened. On Tuesday, the “Gosnell” team told PJ Media that number has climbed to 253.
“Gosnell” opened in 668 theaters on October 12, raking in more than $1.1 million, according to Box Office Mojo. On Friday October 19, it was only running in 480 theaters. On Tuesday, the team reported that 415 theaters are still screening the film.
John Sullivan, the film’s marketing director, told the Daily Wire “we’re in uncharted territories. … The fact that we’ve been dropped from theaters where the movie is the number 6 or number 9 movie is just something you don’t see.”
Sullivan recalled hearing that some theaters actively prevented customers from buying a ticket by declaring a screening “sold out” before capacity is reached.
“It’s hard not to believe it isn’t about the content of the movie,” he said.
The movie has already changed hearts and minds, with one woman’s tweet going viral after she admitted she became pro-life.
But when it comes to the censorship, actor Dean Cain is not happy about it.
“I have never experienced anything like this before, but perhaps it’s a sign of the times. So many folks have become so polarized these days here in the United States that they instantly demonize anyone with whom they have any disagreement. It happens on both sides, and I find it ridiculous,” he told LifeZette about the censorship.
The actor continued, “I contend that there are 10 percent on the far Right, and 10 percent on the far Left, and they are responsible for 90 percent of the noise. The remaining 80 percent of us live somewhere in the middle, and we should be promoting dialogue and understanding, not division and identity politics.”
“There’s no denying that this controversy is stemming from the film’s content,” Townhall reported. “Gosnell executives aren’t surprised by the move – especially after the up-hill battle they’ve faced producing and placing the film.”
Despite the censorship, the movie’s producers told LifeNews they remain upbeat and indicated the movie is performing well in the theaters that continue showing it.
“The Gosnell Movie is doing incredibly well despite attacks from all sides. Industry veterans say they have never seen such campaign by the establishment to shut down a successful movie but we’re happy to report that so far none of it is working,” they told LifeNews today.
“You might have seen some reports over the weekend that the film has been dropped from movie theaters despite over-performing. Yes that’s right – even though we have been attracting huge audiences – theaters have been removing us from their roster,” the said. “But it didn’t matter – we have had a great weekend. We are having sold out houses across the country. For the list of theaters please visit our website.”
They requested that pro-life people help the movie via social media.