ONEGood horror directors will want their audience to gasp in their seats. Or cover their eyes. Yelling, even. However, what no one was aiming for was a whole body collapse. But the history of cinema is rife with films that are so shocking, weird, or ugly that viewers can’t help but stay awake while watching them.
Coincidentally or not, a lot of them appear to be French. But others are more mainstream. Take Saw III, a film so terrifying that Bolton’s ambulance had to wait after it was reported that moviegoers fainted during the brain surgery scene. Cry baby!
As reports surfaced yet another fever of fainting courtesy of the Parisian provocateur Julia Ducournau and her latest movie Titane – her 2016 movie Original did much the same thing – here are 13 movies that literally knocked people down.
One of the most notorious horror film in history, Tod Browning’s Bizarre cast actors with real disabilities and physical differences to play the festival’s attractions. The screenings for the film – held in 1931 – were so dire that many in the audience fainted. One went on to sue the filmmakers at MGM, claiming the film was so bad that it caused her to miscarry. MGM suddenly got cold feet and cut the 90 minute movie down to 60 for release. A later graphic castration scene was never seen in the light of day. Probably for the best, that.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
For the key scene, in which John Travolta stabs a hypodermic needle into Uma Thurman’s chest after she overdoses, the action is shot in reverse and then played back on screen. The eerie effect – speeding and accompanied by a pitiful cry – proved overwhelming for an audience at the film’s world premiere in 1994. “They stopped the movie,” said actor Eric. Stoltz said. “We were all sitting in a box chair on the balcony, and I was devastated.” The lights came on, opened around the spectator in question, and he was brought home with a Coca Cola. Director Quentin Tarantino was probably ecstatic.
Saw III (2006)
“There were three private calls to the Cineworld movie theater in Stevenage on Friday night,” a spokesman for East Anglian Ambulance said in a statement in 2006. The reason: that hardcore serial killer is Jigsaw. See is the high priest of horror throughout the Noughties, with the audience being sent into convulsions by needle punctures, eyeball pokes, and ribcage dissection. Saw IIIhowever, appeared to be the most destructive, with reports of fainting during screenings of Bolton, Cambridge, Peterborough and Stevenage.
Blair Witch Project (1999)
That’s not what the ghost created Blair Witch audience disappointment in 1999 – that’s the making of the film. Following reports that the film was causing outrage across the United States, cinemas began posting signs warning of the possibility of motion sickness and fainting from the use of hand-held camcorders. It was too late for some, however, with stories of moviegoers throwing in the aisles and collapsing in Atlanta, Portland, Georgia and Dallas.
Gaspar Noé’s revenge drama features a 10-minute rape scene in a Paris tunnel and this is the kind of actual fast-forward button it was designed for. Still, for those stuck with it in a theatrical run, it’s a nightmare. On the occasion of the film’s premiere at Cannes in 2002, at least 250 people stepped out and 20 fainted. A spokesman for the fire brigade said: “In my 25 years of work, I have never seen this at Cannes. The scenes in this movie are unbearable, even for us professionals.”
127 hours (2010)
Who would have thought that a movie about a man cutting off his own arm with a rusty pliers would be so overwhelming for some people? This James Franco TV series – based on the true story of mountaineer Aron Ralston’s self-amputated leg – caused three people to faint and one to have a seizure when it premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Even Ralston himself hated watching it, saying: “I’m glad to be out there. “
The Exorcist (1973)
1973The Exorcist was such a breakthrough that audiences had to queue for hours for a chance to see it. Many people leave scars. As the news reports of the time noted, moviegoers often emerged from shaking, crying, and uncertainty about what they had just seen. The story of demonic possession terrified Seventies audiences to the point of widespread fainting and vomiting. “I just found it really horrible,” a shaken British woman told a news reporter, as captured in the YouTube compilation below. “I can not take it anymore.”
Somewhere between the scene of a baby falling to the ground and the subsequent genital mutilation, by Lars Von Trier Antichrist Inspired a New Yorker to panic during a screening in 2009. Earlier that year – at the premiere of the film in Cannes – four people fainted, while the film premiered at the Film Festival. Toronto has caused at least one person to vomit. Von Trier was not vandalized. “I don’t need to justify myself,” he said that year. “You are all my guests, not the other way around.”
There have been reports of moviegoers fainting the first time Alien in 1979, and audiences didn’t become hypersensitive in 2012. Upon its release Alien prequel Prometheus, at least one person shared that they fainted during a scene where star Noomi Rapace aborted her own alien. “The last thing I remember is watching her pinned together while the alien squid swam around in the cramped auto-surgery chamber,” the person said. one Alien news.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Wes Craven’s infamous rape revenge film was controversial even before it premiered, with a graphic sexual assault scene that led the audience to walk out and pass out. Because of the scandal, supporters of the film were quick to exploit the appalled reactions and adapt the film’s posters accordingly. Its new slogan? “To avoid fainting, keep repeating ‘It’s just a movie’, ‘…just a movie’.”
Julia Ducournau debuted in 2016 revolved around a cannibal young man. The character’s graphics left the audience unconscious at the Toronto Film Festival. Because he is so good at his job, Ryan Werner, the film’s journalist, was quick to release a statement confirming the story: “An ambulance had to be called to the scene because the movie became overwhelming. for a few patrons.”
Do Original looks like an episode of Kid ChefFollow Ducournau Titane double down the blood. Filled with scenes of self-mutilation, torture, and visual violence, Titane provoked mass hysteria when it premiered at the Sydney Film Festival last year. In a statement, the festival confirmed 13 people had fainted. Earlier, at Cannes, there were many other reports that fainting had occurred. As for Ducournau, she suggests that most of the “crazy” stories may have been released for marketing purposes. “I was in Cannes when Original premiered and I didn’t see anyone faint or vomit, as many have said,” she said Exberliner. Huh!
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film shocked ’60s audiences so much that it seemed to induce a sort of collective mania in its viewers. Reports from New York at the time suggested that movie theaters had become hotbeds of the rise in temperatures, with police being called in to deal with mass fainting. The request to ban the film naturally followed, but was unsuccessful.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/horror-movies-films-audience-sick-faint-b2018926.html ‘I can’t stand it anymore’: The footage makes the audience faint and angry