'127 Hours' causing fainting, panic attacks
November 5th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

'127 Hours' causing fainting, panic attacks

If you're squeamish, you may not last long during a screening of Danny Boyle's  "127 Hours."

Movieline reports that the just-released film, in which James Franco re-enacts trapped mountain climber Aron Ralston's arm-amputation scene, has caused fainting spells, panic attacks and even seizures among early audiences.

At the Telluride Film Festival in September, paramedics reportedly treated an older gentleman for light-headedness, as well as a young woman who had a panic attack. That same month, three people passed out and one individual had a seizure at the Toronto Film Festival.

October was especially rough, with additional blackouts reported at screenings at the Pixar Theater, the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art and Huntington Beach. A Private Producers Guild showing brought on a seizure while the London Film Festival saw viewers vomiting.

More recently, the film's November 3 premiere in Los Angeles featured a female in her 20s having a seizure well before Franco's character starts slicing into his skin. The L.A. Times reports that after the show, director Boyle told the audience the incident was the result of a diabetic condition and that the woman, who had been taken to Cedars-Sinai medical center for treatment, "said it had nothing to do with the movie.”

While some have questioned whether all of this woozy news is just a publicity stunt to draw curious viewers to theaters, Fox Searchlight co-president Stephen Gilula insists the reports are real.

“I would prefer that people not pass out; it’s not a plus," he says. "We don’t see a particular publicity value in it.”

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  9. pat

    I had a seizure when watching it Sunday. I think it brought back to me the feeling I got when an anesthesiologist poked a vein in my spine.(if this never happened to you, you don't know how bad it feels ). It was the scene when he poked and pulled his vein combined with the piercing and electric noise. Paramedics got a good laugh. They couldn't believe it. I'm not diabetic. O well my head took total control of my body. :^/

    August 10, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Pat~

      My boyfriend has had three seizures in the last 25 years, ALL of them occurred immediately after watching intensely stressful movie scenes, the latest being this one the other night. Last time we went to the ER and all tests came back normal, so we did not bother with doctors this time. The symptoms are exactly the same each time. Do you know where to find more information about movie scenes provoking seizures? There is virtually nothing out there except for the type of epilepsy involving flashing lights on TV. Most people I have talked to in the medical field, I feel, do not believe me!!

      May 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat is dead now, Sara

      she was run over by a stolen garbage truck in a high speed police chase.

      May 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret is here...

      i just saw pat at the ferry 2 wks ago...hmmmm wow bad news

      May 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • It was a freak accident...

      the garbage truck was driven by midgets.

      May 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret is here..

      wow sad news.

      May 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sam

    i watched it today and i have to say that it was pretty hard.
    i (and other people in the cinema) got sick and almost passed out while sweating enormously...
    my recommendation: dont watch it!

    February 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Manny

    WOW my girlfriend fainted last night i thought she was the only one.

    November 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Craig April

    A great example of how the brain has a difficult time distinguishing between what is real and what is simply thought-based. No one is in danger when sitting in a comfortable theater seat watching a movie. Still, many of us react as if we are experiencing what we see on the movie screen resulting in adrenaline surges that can contribute to anxiety.

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    November 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Donna Cregg

    Aron Ralston's story is so inspirational; I just hope I'll be able to watch the amputation scene. I watched Attack on Darfur on dvd yesterday and even though it was hard to watch, I'm glad I did because it made me realize that the violence shown onscreen is still going on in real life. No matter how raw these films are, I hope people are inspired to watch as they are promoting a positive humanitarian message. http://www.blockbuster.com/browse/catalog/movieDetails/492994

    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. STUPID

    Other than that one lady's diabetic condition, the faiting and crap is all in your head-create it in your head and your brain tells the rest of your body to react to what you created. And now that there's a story about it, there will be a lot more reported cases of people 'fainting' and having 'panic attacks'

    November 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Elaine

    I don't understand why people would react to that – it's only a movie and it's not really happening.....
    While I realize that it DID actually happen in real life, it's not really happening on screen – it's all special effects – just like Linda Blair's head wasn't really spinning in the Exorcist and yet that movie also made people sick,.

    I don't get it.....it's just a movie.

    November 7, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. mary

    Uhm...it's fake.

    November 6, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • TM

      UUMM to Mary..... it may be fake but it is portraying real life....duh!

      November 6, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. cherryrn

    Close your eyes and don't watch the worst of it!

    November 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. GAY

    Wilma is a TRANNY!!!

    November 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Big Gay Al

    Has anybody seen my pants?

    November 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Amir

    Good color selection

    November 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Vince Vaugn

    Cutting off your arm is gay.

    November 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  22. boocat99

    I'd like to see this film but I don't know if I could sit thru the amputation scenes.....yeesh!

    November 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Big Gay Al

    but god forbid Vince Vaughn says "Gay" in a movie

    November 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  24. SaintPetersburg

    i've been waiting so long for this to come out. its finally here. cant wait to watch it!!

    November 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Eddie King

    Say, Eddie King really likes "'127 Hours' causing fainting, panic attacks"

    November 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |

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