November 25th, 2011
05:09 PM ET
"The Twilight Saga" movies have taken heat for a lot of things - being insipid, melodramatic and/or a poor representation of vampire lore, just to name a few - but the latest installment in the franchise is now being scrutinized for possibly causing seizures.
As cited by U.K. paper The Guardian, there are two reports circulating of moviegoers experiencing adverse health effects during "Breaking Dawn - Part I's" birth scene, described by viewers as graphic.
CBS News' Sacramento station reports that one man was viewing the film with his girlfriend when he began to convulse during the birthing scene.
The Roseville, California man - who has "fulfilled his boyfriend duties," according to his girlfriend, and won't be asked to see any more "Twilight" films - only remembers waking up on the theater's floor.
His girlfriend, however, recalls being "scared big time" as her companion was "convulsing, snorting [and] trying to breathe."
Another man in Utah, who declined to be identified, told ABC's Salt Lake City station a similar report. According to the man's wife, he began "shaking and mumbling different noises," although he doesn't remember what happened. She says she found herself kneeling in front of him, slapping him in the face.
The bright, flashing lights during the birth scene are being pinpointed as a possible cause for the health scares. A physician specializing in pediatric neurology and epilepsy told CBS' Sacramento affiliate that "an episode of photosensitive epilepsy" can be brought on by flashing red lights in those "who are genetically predisposed," but notes that it's a rare condition.
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