Intense ‘Twilight’ Scene Triggers Seizure Reports

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.

While rare, the condition can be triggered by flashing red lights in people who are genetically predisposed.

“It’s like a light switch going off, because it hits your brain all at once,” Dr. Chez said.

Similar reports resulted after a 1990s episode of the television show Pokémon, which triggered seizures in children. Manufacturers have revamped modern television and video games so screens don’t project the dangerous light frequency, Dr. Chez said.

“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.

Brandon is being checked out by a specialist. Kelly said Brandon has fulfilled his duty as a boyfriend and won’t need to see any more “Twilight” movies with her.


One Comment

  1. Vivienne27 says:

    Love it – a movie and series glorifying the dark side. You play with the bull and eventually you are going to get horned.

    1. Michael says:

      This boy is obviously a wuss. A real man wouldn’t go to such a movie in the first place. wussie!!!

    2. Uncle Reggie says:

      gored, eventually you are going to get gored 🙂

    3. NoOneIsListeningToYou says:

      Mess with the bull and you’ll get the horn

  2. Todd says:

    This was just a ploy by this guy to get to leave this terd of a movie early.
    ” Oh sh*t baby, I’m having a seizure. Take me to the hospital, now! You can come back and watch the rest with your sister later…lets go!”
    Well played young man!

    1. D says:

      I literally LOL’ed.

  3. Tom Tucker says:

    Ya gotta love it. Flashing red lights causes seizures in some…so here it is again in case you missed it…we posted it in a video on our website. Way to go CBS Sacramento.

    1. LOL says:

      They slowed it down idiot (it says it on the screen) lol.

  4. Ann Ominous says:

    If your “boyfriend” goes into convulsions at a chick flick maybe you should check around to see if he doesn’t have his own boyfriend on the side.

  5. JKeyes says:

    Has the USA turned into a bunch of sissies?

  6. Mariah says:

    This happened to my friend during this same thing, it’s not fake. It was the last 5ish minutes ands we thought he was snoring and making fun of the movie so we jokingly hit him to wake him up and he threw up and fell asleep. It was super scary

  7. Booger McCoy says:

    From what I understand, the actual storyline of this movie causes coma inducing boredom.

  8. sailordude says:

    I like the last line about him being a good boyfriend and won’t have to endure that liberal c’rap anymore, lol!

  9. Delphinus13 says:

    By “nationwide,” do they mean one even in the western half of the U.S., and one event east of the Mississippi?

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