Breaking Dawn blamed for seizures

2011-11-25 22:22
Los Angeles - Warning: Watching the vampire movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn may be bad for your health.

According to US reports on Friday, a graphic scene in which heroine Bella Swan gives birth to a human-vampire hybrid has sparked seizures in audience members, causing some to black out and have trouble breathing.

CBS Sacramento reported that a local theatre had to cancel a screening of the movie when Brandon Gephart suddenly started convulsing during the scene and had to be rushed to the emergency room by paramedics.

A similar incident occurred during a Utah screening in which a man who had no history of seizures blacked out.

Medical experts said a lighting effect in the scene, in which red, black and white strobe lights are used, could trigger episodes of photosensitive epilepsy in people who are genetically predisposed.

"It's like a light switch going off, because it hits your brain all at once," Dr Michael Chez told CBS Sacramaneto.

Similar effects were noted in 1990 when the Pokemon movie sparked epileptic attacks in some young viewers, while several people were reported to have passed out during a gruesome scene in last year's 127 Hours.


  • Ian - 2011-11-25 23:29

    more crap , sure to win a razzie though

  • banie.joubert - 2011-11-26 00:31

    Of the thousands who have seen the movie, only two have had problems. If the movie was really that bad for you, it would have been allot more. I smell lawyers who think they've find a new target to sue, nothing more.

      Kyle - 2011-11-27 21:45

      Thats only of the two mentioned! I watched it at the Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg and a middle aged man had a seizure! Paramedics were called to the scene. Not too sure if you watched it but there is a part were Bella has a flash back and there are bright flashing lights. This does cause seizures for those who are epileptic! There should be a warning before the movie like some documentaries have.

      Deon - 2011-11-28 13:56

      Flashing lights is a well known trigger for fits, even TV's can do it. Most epileptic sufferes are aware of this.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2011-11-26 00:36

    "It's like a light switch going off, because it hits your brain all at once," Dr Michael Chez told CBS Sacramaneto... Give this man a nobel prize in medicine, for the best explanation of what an epileptic attack is.

  • alextodd88 - 2011-11-26 02:46

    Ummm.... Pokemon in 1990?... no such thing. Get it together SAPA

  • Kim - 2011-11-26 06:11

    What a load of crap. It's like holding McDonalds responsible for your heart attack when you know you have high cholesterol but you still go and eat a burger and fries.

      barry.mcbride - 2011-11-26 13:18

      did you not read this: "a man who had no history of seizures blacked out."

      Kyle - 2011-11-27 21:47

      Well obviously all the McDonalds you have been eating has affected your brain!

      Ryan - 2011-11-28 09:29

      How should people know that the movie is going to have blinding strobe light flashes? And even if they do, the article said that people with no history of epilepsy stand a chance of getting a seizure. And just by the way, there was a guy in America who sued McDonalds for the burgers and meals looking too enticing and causing him to become overweight.

      Sam - 2011-11-30 13:35

      Um, not crap! I have temporal lobe epilepsy and I cannot look at any kind of flashing light, perhaps your should have your facts straight before liking epilepsy to McDonalds DAH.

  • Marius Koen - 2011-11-26 07:21

    Lol. Just look away!

  • lasherza - 2011-11-27 21:04

    OMW saw this film today ...What a load of your $ and go for a meal rather..Hoohoo terrible stuff.

  • Preshen - 2011-11-28 14:25

    Seizures is the only way to get out of watching this crap

  • starletterichy - 2012-06-18 07:38

    hahahah I love your comments!! all in all i dont think they should sue the movie I rather think that they should tel epileptic people about it! and maybe the guy who had it for the first time had his own problems who knows!

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