LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 16: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart attend the UK premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 at Westfield Stratford City on November 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1
The miracle of birth isn’t exactly neat and tidy. But when you’re a having a vampire baby, things get extra messy. As in so messy and violent, during screenings of the Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn: Part 1 in 2011, there were reports across the country of people passing out or suffering from seizures. (True story: my brother and sister-in-law had to call 911 when they went to see it because a girl in the next row passed out.)
Paramedics were called to one theater in California, the local CBS affiliate reported at the time, after a man was “convulsing, snorting, [and] trying to breathe” during the scene. He was transported to the hospital and the movie theater cancelled the rest of the screening. The next day, The Daily Beast said, a girl at the same theater suffered a similar attack. Aside from being graphically gory, the scene also used flashing lights that can trigger epileptic episodes.
Seeing as the whole Twilight franchise revolved around a community of vampires, it’s not a huge surprise that the penultimate film would be bloody (even if the members of the Cullen family were the kind of snooty vampires who chose to abstain from human blood). And, let’s be honest, some of the melodrama and dialogue throughout the whole saga likely turned a stomach or four. But that scene took things to another level.