Could seeing Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part One be hazardous to your health?
It’s possible. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the final birth scene in triggering seizures in some audience members.
A California man, Brandon Gephart, was reportedly rushed to the hospital after getting sick while watching Breaking Dawn‘s birth scene. The screening ended when paramedics arrived to help Gephart.
“He was convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe,” Gephart’s girlfriend Kelly Bauman told CBS Sacramento. “He scared me big time.”
Gephart admitted that he has no interest in seeing how the movie ends.
A Salt Lake City man also suffered a similar seizure while watching Breaking Dawn, ABC4 reports.
“I didn’t really remember what happened after that,” he said. “I think I blacked out. According to [my wife] I was shaking and mumbling different noises.”
His wife explained further: “I was kneeling in front of him and slapping his face.” The man’s name was not given because he was afraid he would lose his job.
Breaking Dawn features Bella’s violent pregnancy of her child with her significant other, vampire Edward.
“Bella turns pale and gaunt and seems in danger of wasting away; it appears the fetus is taking all of the nutrients for itself and leaving nothing for Mom, who can no longer eat normal food,” writes THR‘s chief film critic Todd McCarthy.
Medical experts said that the film’s birth scene — which features red, white and black images — could have triggered episodes of photosensitive epilepsy.
“It’s like a light going off because it hits your brain all at once,” Dr. Michael G. Chez tells CBS Sacramento. “The trouble with theaters is that they’re so dark, the light flashing in there is more like a strobe light.”