Horror Movies That Made People Sick In The Theaters


Horror films are supposed to get your adrenaline
pumping. But for some, these thrills are just too much
to handle. It may sound like a clever bit of marketing,
but physical reactions to these movies have indeed required medical professionals to treat
moviegoers at the hospital, or the scene of the scare. Here are a few films with fictional frights
intense enough to cause real-life physical trauma. The Exorcist Let’s start with a classic: If you’ve never
seen The Exorcist, then you’ve probably never known true cinematic horror. Still shocking by even today’s sensibilities,
the film had quite an effect on people who first saw it in 1973. Local news reports from the time mention people
crying, throwing up, and even fainting … “We have a lot of people throwing up and a
lot of people shuddering, but the thing that really surprises me is people faint. I mean, I’ve never in my life known a movie
where people would faint.” The Exorcist may have been the first, but
it certainly wasn’t the last. For example … Goodnight Mommy An Austrian film about 10-year-old twin boys
whose mother has just had facial reconstructive surgery doesn’t sound all that scary. But once Mommy comes home, all bandaged up,
she seems to be a wholly different person, and exudes a cold, severe aura. While 2015’s Goodnight Mommy is mostly a psychological
horror, the latter half of the film is full of violence — and some people can’t handle
it. In an interview with IndieWire, the director
says early screenings proved the filmmakers were onto something, saying, quote, “Two people
fainted. That’s the best compliment we’ve had so far.” Bite Have you ever heard the one about the woman
who turned into an insect after getting bit by one? Well, that’s the premise of the 2015 body-horror
movie Bite, and the impact it had on movie-goers is no joke. At the Fantasia International Film Festival
premiere, audience members were given barf bags as a gag — but some people reportedly
had to make use of them. That’s not all: First to Know reports a few
people even passed out in the theater, and at least one ambulance was called to the scene. Saw III By the time we got around to the third Saw
in 2006, you’d have thought fans would have built up a tolerance to all of the gross,
violent images from the first two films. Obviously this was not the case, as the BBC
reported that moviegoers in a few UK theaters fainted and emergency services were called
out three times in one night because of the film. A woman in her 20s even needed to be hospitalized
after apparently fainting with fright, while others were treated at the scene. Raw The 2016 film Raw premiered at the
Toronto International Film Festival, and wasted no time in making filmgoers faint and vomit. The Guardian reported that paramedics had
to be called in because the realistic biting and chewing of human flesh, plus all the gory
lacerations and wounds, were all too much for some audience members, who fainted in
their seats. So … not a good choice for “dinner and a
movie.” The Green Inferno Another gross movie capable of getting
folks to faint is Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, which features a group of activists who crash
land in a jungle and have to survive captivity at the hands of a hungry tribe. Par for the course for an Eli Roth movie,
The Green Inferno is full of graphic images, gratuitous gore, and body mutilation. Oh, and of course all the people-eating. Can’t forget about the people-eating! An article on New Zealand’s Newshub said a
woman fainted during a screening in France, and Roth shared the news on Instagram, clearly
thrilled by the glowing review. The Human Centipede 2 Movieline’s Jen Yamato wrote about her experience
at the premiere of The Human Centipede 2 at Fantastic Fest in 2011 and how festival founder
Tim League joked about there being EMTs on hand in case people got sick. Like the barf bag gag at the Bite premiere,
this joke ended up being less funny when it came true: the person sitting next to Yamato
filled two barf bags and eventually fainted, and two ambulances were called to the scene
to tend to audience members. V/H/S An anthology of scary stories that debuted
at Sundance, 2012’s V/H/S certainly had an effect on viewers at the festival. The first night, a woman left the theater
in tears because she reportedly couldn’t stand the tension and suspense. And according to co-writer Simon Barrett,
paramedics had to treat two audience members at a midnight screening who suffered seizures
and started vomiting. That sounds awful, but the good news is that
these two troopers decided to go back and finish the film anyway, which is just about
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