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Intense ‘Twilight’ Scene Triggers Seizure Reports
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Posted on 11/24/2011 2:43:02 PM PST by traumer

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A local man says the latest movie in the popular ‘Twilight’ franchise triggered a seizure, and similar incidents have been reported in theaters around the country.

Brandon Gephart and Kelly Bauman said they were watching “Breaking Dawn: Part One” at a theater Friday night when Brandon sudden began convulsing during a graphic birthing scene.

Brandon said he doesn’t remember anything until he woke up on the theater floor, but Kelly said he was, “convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe.”

“He scared me big time,” she added. Paramedics transported the man to the emergency room and the theater had to cancel the rest of the movie for that showing.

Several reports on internet movie sites show reports of other people suffering similar symptoms during the same scene, which contains flashes of red, black and white. Dr. Michael G. Chez, the medical director of pediatric neurology and epilepsy for Sutter Sacramento, said the reports indicate the scene may be triggering an episode of photosensitive epilepsy.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacramento.cbslocal.com ...


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1 posted on 11/24/2011 2:43:04 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

nation of Sissies.....


2 posted on 11/24/2011 2:43:36 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

Well, THAT trick outa’ get them in the theaters.


3 posted on 11/24/2011 2:45:48 PM PST by RetSignman (It's Fall...the "Goebbles Warmers" are packing their bags , migrating for their winter caves.)
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To: traumer

I had a cousin die of this. His seizure was in an arcade and a doctor who was also in the arcade could do nothing to save him.


4 posted on 11/24/2011 2:49:12 PM PST by class8601_nuke (don't just be critical, be prompt critical.)
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To: class8601_nuke

Which is why modern video games avoid flashing lights in that frequency range.

This phenomena is well enough known that the studio has no excuse or defense should anyone suffer the same fate as your cousin.


5 posted on 11/24/2011 2:59:14 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1038 of America's vacation from reality.)
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To: class8601_nuke

For that mater, The Andromeda Strain used it as a plot device.

(sorry to hear about your cousin)


6 posted on 11/24/2011 3:00:45 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1038 of America's vacation from reality.)
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To: traumer

Ah, yes the fountain of blood scene from the book. Not my words, the exact words of that hack of an author.


7 posted on 11/24/2011 3:02:15 PM PST by Hawk1976 (It is better to die in battle than it is to live as a slave.)
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To: traumer

I’ve only seen the first one when it came on TV.

Overdramatic teen drama with a lot of pointless dialogue. Its OK I guess but not really for me.


8 posted on 11/24/2011 3:03:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

If you aren’t watching it with the Rifftrax commentary (from the MST3K crew), you really are wasting your time. With the commentary, it’s comedy gold.


9 posted on 11/24/2011 3:09:24 PM PST by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: traumer

Not really.
This happened with a Pokemon episode in Japan...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35oJxdj2F_Y&feature=player_embedded


10 posted on 11/24/2011 3:13:02 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: BADROTOFINGER

I made the mistake of watching “Eclipse” without commentary first...man, that was dumb.


11 posted on 11/24/2011 3:13:47 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: traumer

It was epileptic, not from being overwhelmed from the movie.


12 posted on 11/24/2011 3:18:05 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: BADROTOFINGER
If you aren’t watching it with the Rifftrax commentary (from the MST3K crew), you really are wasting your time. With the commentary, it’s comedy gold.

Is MST still alive? I used to love that show years ago. What is Rifftrax?

13 posted on 11/24/2011 3:20:27 PM PST by DejaJude
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To: Future Snake Eater
You mean commentary like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4uuGvmAxTI

14 posted on 11/24/2011 3:21:41 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: traumer
convulsing during a graphic birthing scene

Saw the film and that specific birth scene did not show any graphic details, but for the baby who was being held in their arms which would be like any child after he or she is born born and not yet cleansed. A beautiful child.

The mother had chosen to have the child and not abort, no matter if her life was at stake, as the child was developing faster and at the same time larger than usual. It had a pro life message.

Perhaps the sipping blood through a straw caused the reaction of the person in the story--after all we are talking vampires etc here.

The loss of weight by the mother near the end was really realistic [special effects] in regard to more the skeletal arms effect.

It's a general audience movie where pro-life issues were discussed but of course no one is going to write about that. Also they chose to refrain from having sex til after the marriage. But no one chose to write about that. ;)

15 posted on 11/24/2011 3:22:25 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: traumer

nation of Sissies.....
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Obviously you don’t know anyone that has suffered seizures. It cannot be controlled if it’s going to happen. Yes there are medicines that can cut down on the frequency, but if one’s going to happen it WILL happen.

It has NOTHING to do with being a sissy. If you have the form of seizures that are triggered by flashing lights or other similar things there is nothing you can do except avoid those things. Who would think there would be something in a movie to cause a seizure?

My husband has had 2 seizures and doctors have no idea what caused them so he goes out of his way to avoid anything that could trigger them, including missing out on rides at Disney Land and Lego Land with our grandson for fear he’d have a seizure. Those rides at least have a warning for people with epilepsy.

Again, in your ignorance, you made a mistake calling people suffering seizures due to the movie sissies. Maybe you merely didn’t read the article but then please don’t comment.


16 posted on 11/24/2011 3:23:24 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: traumer

Where are the statistics of how people get sick watching your average Obama speech?


17 posted on 11/24/2011 3:26:06 PM PST by beagleone
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To: traumer

Reverse Psych Marketing...reverse psych works very well when surrounded by teens and other rebels with mediocre causes.


18 posted on 11/24/2011 3:28:34 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: DejaJude

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33eMlniOXE0&feature=player_embedded


19 posted on 11/24/2011 3:33:00 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: null and void

I agree. This had to be a deliberately stupid decision.
I did not know this could be fatal though.


20 posted on 11/24/2011 3:35:29 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

>>Perhaps the sipping blood through a straw caused the reaction of the person in the story—after all we are talking vampires etc here. <<

Um, it was photosensitive epilepsy. The flashing colors did it.

I gather you’re a Twilight fan,


21 posted on 11/24/2011 3:35:55 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: null and void

“This phenomena is well enough known that the studio has no excuse or defense “

Abdo-lutely! Bordering on criminal disregard.


22 posted on 11/24/2011 3:35:57 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: MrEdd
Now that's funny. That reminded me a lot of the epic Red Letter Media reviews (dissections?) of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
23 posted on 11/24/2011 3:39:49 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: lefty-lie-spy; class8601_nuke
I did not know this could be fatal though.

Me neither.

People die of (or survive) the darnedest things.

24 posted on 11/24/2011 3:43:39 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1038 of America's vacation from reality.)
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To: traumer
I watched the interview with couple this morning. The dude is the kind of guy that applies moisturizer every day after shaving.

But at least he got out of having to go to those twilight movies with his wife/SO ever again.

I'd call that a win on his part.

25 posted on 11/24/2011 3:44:02 PM PST by steveo
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To: traumer

“nation of Sissies.....

Are you serious? Flashing lights at certain rates can easily trigger seizures in people with epilepsy. There is nothing they can do to stop it.

You comment makes me believe we are more like a “nation of assholes”.


26 posted on 11/24/2011 3:46:08 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

>>I, too, am grateful for FR, Jim and the Religion Forum, but I’m put off by the vitrol that often passes as “compassion” and “teaching” on it.<<

Nearly 700 kids in Japan back you up.


27 posted on 11/24/2011 3:52:31 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: null and void

I’ve had this strange thing happen: people with advanced Parkinson’s who are nodding their head in a clockwise circle at one revolution per second make me pass out.

I work with a number of those afflicted with this so maybe it’s just more noticable.


28 posted on 11/24/2011 3:53:25 PM PST by txhurl
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To: traumer

Well, the lawsuits will cut into that $142 million opening weekend.


29 posted on 11/24/2011 3:54:48 PM PST by Ted Grant
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To: traumer

The gayness of the movie would have done me in.


30 posted on 11/24/2011 3:56:09 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: traumer

so is this Twilight an remake of Beauty and the Beast ?


31 posted on 11/24/2011 3:56:16 PM PST by molson209
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To: txhurl

Hmmmm, I wonder why? Some hypnotic trigger buried in the human brain?

I’m disturbingly reminded of a snake hypnotizing its prey for some reason.


32 posted on 11/24/2011 3:56:49 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1038 of America's vacation from reality.)
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To: null and void
very true. I survived a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Never had surgery for it. It just “went away”. I blame it on Jesus (thank you so much my Lord)... 8-)
33 posted on 11/24/2011 3:57:06 PM PST by class8601_nuke (don't just be critical, be prompt critical.)
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To: netmilsmom
it lasts mere seconds, they must be extremely prone to seizures
34 posted on 11/24/2011 3:57:14 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: traumer
I would probably get a seizure seeing any of these films.

Sadly, some dirt bag class action lawyer will soon be running ads on FNC asking "have you recently suffered a seizure after watching "Twilight" if so call the law offices of "_____" you are a victim, and you deserve justice!"

Fine print will read Greedy lawyer will get 99% of the money received, you'll get a coupon to Walmart!

35 posted on 11/24/2011 3:57:19 PM PST by Dengar01 (Dengar01 - "Heartless" since 1983!!!)
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To: null and void

Is that the scene where the doctor zones out while the slides go by, despite the solution being so obvious in front of her, and thus misses it?


36 posted on 11/24/2011 3:58:34 PM PST by tbw2
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To: traumer

That’s not sissies, that’s epilepsy. Hit the right rhythm with sound beats or light flashes and the epileptics are hosed. Nothing they can do about it, it’s genetic.


37 posted on 11/24/2011 3:58:53 PM PST by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: class8601_nuke

...the darnedest things...


38 posted on 11/24/2011 3:59:02 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1038 of America's vacation from reality.)
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To: tbw2

Yes.


39 posted on 11/24/2011 3:59:46 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1038 of America's vacation from reality.)
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To: traumer

Epileptic susceptibility to optical stimulus is real, and until one of your own dies from one of those seizures I would recommend keep your ignorance to yourself.


40 posted on 11/24/2011 4:01:03 PM PST by Dawggie
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To: null and void

That could be it. Cobras do it best, it seems, the feeling is one of ‘I’m going to faint right this second if I don’t turn and run away from this customer’ all the while shaking my head like rat terrier to make the feeling go away.

I’m deeply ashamed I can’t engage that wonderful, loyal customer. But I avoid her as I can’t handle it, and I LOVE aircraft turbulence and rollercoasters, all that. Go figure.


41 posted on 11/24/2011 4:02:58 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Chode

Not prone to seizures but undiagnosed.

Nearly 700 Japanese children were affected.


42 posted on 11/24/2011 4:07:35 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: traumer

Other reports say drunks have displayed jerky, chicken like behavior, causing several to break their front teeth out on beer bottles.

I refuse to watch it.


43 posted on 11/24/2011 4:08:09 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Flicker fits can be triggered while driving if the road divider is posts and not the solid concrete. That's one of the reasons they started doing away with post dividers and went to solid concrete in newer dividers...it can trigger a seizure in susceptible people... We had a patient in the hospital that had a sign on her bed, Do not jar bed.....it would send her into seizure activity. But she also said she knew when a seizure was coming on as she got an aura...some epilepics know when a seizure is coming on by seeing lights or other things that warn them....for others there is no warning...
44 posted on 11/24/2011 4:08:56 PM PST by goat granny
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To: traumer

I have never had a seizure (thank God), but watching certain kinds of scenes in movies or video games makes me very ill. Headache, nausea, and a very odd feeling in my head that is almost like a pressure band... like the normally soft brain tissue has hardened up like wax... really hard to explain, but very real and unpleasant. The quidditch scenes in the Harry Potter movies did that to me. I completely understand how movie scenes could cause a seizure.


45 posted on 11/24/2011 4:10:30 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: netmilsmom
not quite sure what you mean, i said prone because of its extremely short duration to elicit their reaction...
46 posted on 11/24/2011 4:19:11 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: traumer
"the...scene, which contains flashes of red, black and white."


47 posted on 11/24/2011 4:26:44 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DejaJude

Rifftrax.com is the new business of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett (Tom Servo), and Kevin Murphy (Crow), where they riff new movies. Just buy and download the mp3, put in your DVD, and follow the instructions to sync them up, and be ready to laugh your ass off.

The Twilight series is top notch, also Transformers, anything M. Night Shaymalan, and especially the really rotten new movies like The Room and Birdemic are totally awesome.


48 posted on 11/24/2011 4:29:42 PM PST by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: netmilsmom
tooo funny
49 posted on 11/24/2011 4:34:42 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: null and void
Reading the article, it says there are steps certain epileptics can take to avoid seizures:
“The trouble with theaters, it’s dark, the lights flashing in there is more like a strobe light,” he added.
A single seizure should not cause long-term damage to most patients, Dr. Chez said. Wearing sunglasses with cheap blue lenses can filter the red light for moviegoers who want to be on the safe side”

Obviously if someone hasn't been diagnosed with epilepsy yet,the precautions listed above wouldn't be known.I certainly didn't know how dangerous certain strobing lights would be to epileptics.
But if, as I believe is the case here, the man knew he was epileptic, then why did he ever go to a movie theater?

50 posted on 11/24/2011 4:37:53 PM PST by sarasmom
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