Faint Praise

In honor of 127 Hours, eight other faint-tastic films

by Josh Kurp   |   Nov 5, 2010

Faint Praise


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People are making a big deal of the film goers who have fainted while watching Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. I’m sure you know what scene we’re talking about (if not, it rhymes with “lamputation”). But this isn’t the first—and it certainly won’t be the last—time someone (or someones) has fainted during a film, and not in the overexcited, “oh my God, Marlon Brando is so dreami…” way; rather, in the “what’s he doing to do with that kn—Ahh…” way.

Here are eight others:

From Slash Film:

Last night, Paul Solet‘s horror film Grace was premiered at The Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah. During the question and answer session after the film, one of the festival volunteers declared “Must have been a good movie because we had two people faint during the screening”; sometime later, the film’s producer, Adam Green, sent an e-mail to ShockTillYouDrop, thus: “Two faints. One outside and one in the lobby. Egyptian owner confirmed that in 10 years it’s the first time it’s happened. Amazing screening.”

From Wikipedia (yeah, yeah, I know):

When [Dracula] finally premiered at the Roxy Theatre in New York on Feb. 12, 1931,[1] newspapers reported that members of the audiences fainted in shock at the horror on screen. This publicity, shrewdly orchestrated by the film studio, helped ensure people came to see the film, if for no other reason than curiosity.

From Movieline:

According to a report last weekend by John Horn in the LAT, one viewer fainted during 127 Hours’ MVFF premiere. (No individual reports from the scene corroborate this.) “Such fainting spells aren’t unprecedented in Hollywood, though they’ve been much more commonly caused by horror movies like…Alien,” Horn added.

From Bloody Disgusting:

One local exhib recalls similar stories of fainting surrounding the Brit launches of Hannibal, The Blair Witch Project and the original Saw. “That said, three emergency call-outs to one cinema in one night is pretty extraordinary. Maybe it was something in the popcorn.”

From BBC:

Staff at a UK cinema have had to call emergency services three times in one night because of a spate of people passing out during horror film Saw III. One woman was taken to hospital and two other adults were treated by medics after fainting in Stevenage, Herts.

And, of course, from CT News:

It was said during early engagements of the William Friedkin [The Exorcist] that people were fainting and becoming ill, prompting one of the funniest quotes ever published in the trade paper Variety — a female moviegoer who told a reporter that she was waiting on a long line, “To see what everybody is throwing up about.”

There’s even a Yahoo UK & Ireland Answers thread asking “Did you faint during The Exorcist?” My favorite response: “Nope as I know its fiction love.” Another good thread: “Is it true people died while watching the excorcist in the cinema?” That one’s from America. Remember people: it’s just a movie.