WATCH: Rat scares moviegoers during showing of horror film

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Usually, the scariest part of going to see a horror movie comes from the big screen, but moviegoers in St. Petersburg say it was a creepy crawler that gave them the biggest scare.

In video going viral on Facebook, a rat is seen scurrying along the floor of a movie theater during previews for the horror film, Us.  

Chris St. Julian, who recorded the video and posted in online, says it caused chaos at AMC Sundial 20 in St. Pete. He says many people ran for the exits when they heard screams. 

By the time I started recording a lot of people exited the theater, said St. Julian.  But everyone was screaming, some climbing up the chairs, while others were just standing there in shock.

St. Julian says he helped a man pick the rat up by the tail using a woman’s scarf and remove it from the theater without any help from AMC staff. 

AMC staff members refused to issue refunds and gave out free passes to other films instead. 

AMC has not responded to requests for comment. 

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