One of the scenes from Twilight Breaking Dawn is allegedly causing people to have seizures. In several occasions, individuals from all over the country have reported having seizures during a specific scene while watching “Breaking Down: Part 1”.
The scene in question is a very tense part of the movie, the birthing scene, which seems to be inducing severe reactions in the mists of the in-theater viewers. This precise type of situation is called photosensitive epilepsy and it’s triggered by the sequence of fast flashings of bright colors, in this case red, black and white.
Dr. Michael Chez, medical director of pediatric neurology and epilepsy for Sutter Sacramento, describes the nerve wracking scene as the moment a switch gets turned off by the brain being hit all at once by the flashes of light. He told CBS 13 that the environment in a theater only adds to this effect since the flashes take place in a very dark space.
Brandon Gephart and Kelly Bauman, who went to watch the movie on Friday, described how in the middle of the scene Brandon collapsed to the theater floor short of breath, convulsing and snorting. He woke up several minutes later when he was carried out of by paramedics. The screening was canceled due to the incident.
Severe reactions to the scene have been reported throughout the country. A married couple from Utah talked on ABC-4 in Salt Lake City about their experience. The husband, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear he might lose his job, told how the graphic, bright scene made him pass out, his entire body being tormented by severe shaking.
He told ABC-4 that he doesn’t remember being on the floor of the theater or mumbling incoherently to his wife before he blacked out. His wife said his eyes become fixed on a certain point on the screen, blinking on and off while she was on her knees in front of him slapping his face in an attempt to make him snap out of it.
They left the theater but returned a day later only to hear about another incident with the same movie and scene. A girl watching the “Break Down: Part One” collapsed as well. The incident wasn’t confirmed by the multiplex manager though, who claimed to not have been aware of this instance.