The world has been anticipating Breaking Dawn for months now, but moviegoers are getting a surprise that is causing them to tremble (and not in delight). The new installment of the Twilight Saga has reportedly caused seizures in at least two audience members,
The film was released on November 19th, and has already claimed two victims to seizures. Brandon Gephart from Roseville, California has claimed that the birthing scene in the film which has both graphic images and blasting shots of blinding light, triggered his seizure.
Gephart’s girlfriend, Kelly Bauman, tells Sacramento station CBS 13:
[he] suddenly began convulsing during the scene. Gephart claims that he blanked out, and only remembers waking up on the theater floor, but according to Bauman, he was “convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe.
Elsewhere, a Utah man experienced similar symptoms while watching the film. He wished to remain anonymous (and I don’t blame him) but did say he has no memory of the incident.
However his wife told Salt Lake City’s ABC News:
When the birthing scene came on the screen, “[My husband] started mumbling and he was blinking on and off with his eyes at that point. I was kneeling in front of him slapping his face.”
While seizures aren’t unheard of, they are rare. Obviously, many movie studios stay away from shots of light so as to not cause problems for the people who view the movie. But sometimes scenes slip through. I don’t think this is going to deter any “Twihards” from watching the penultimate film of the series.