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.

Comments (201)
  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s official people are morons! These same people can go watch a shoot em up movie with no problems but watch a birth scene and they have an epileptic seizure? Get real! People have become so stupid that they can’t seperate entertainment/fiction from real life. They need major mental health help. Pathetic, examples of humanity!

    1. Med in Review says:

      Must be the same moronic gene that you have making such an uneducated, ill-bred statement. Yes, YOU definitely are a pathetic example of humanity. Read the article again, idiot. Maybe you’ll learn something – doubt it, though.

    2. moronpolitics says:

      YOU are an idiot. Can’t you read?? It’s common knowledge that strobes or other flashing lights can cause epileptic seizures, but if you did NOT know it’s in the F’ing ARTICLE. Grow up.

    3. Timbo says:

      On topic song – The Devil’s Eye by Chris Deburgh. Cinema and TV make direct right brain implant, a.k.a ‘The god impression’ I have obeserved over years maorons spot their own kind easily

  2. Dan S. says:

    >>> Manufacturers have revamped modern television and video games so screens don’t project the dangerous light frequency, Dr. Chez said.

    I don’t believe it. Does this mean that the color of the red phosphor in the screen has changed slightly? That would be a change of the “light frequency” emitted, but it would also throw most colors off a bit, so I don’t think that’s what’s meant. It probably refers to not pulsing red light on and off at certain frequencies, but that would be a change to programing, not something done by TV makers.

  3. C says:

    My twin daughters are both Epileptic, they went to the movie this morning and neither one of them had a seizure. Both photosensitive. Guess we got lucky!

  4. dean says:

    Is obama a vampire or a werewolf?
    He is married to a Wookie’
    so I am guessing Wolf?

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