Saturday, 25th October 2014

Beware: This film may make you faint

Warnings have been posted at a Shrewsbury cinema alerting residents to the gory nature of a new film after staff received reports of people fainting.

Director Danny Boyle’s latest film 127 Hours (15A) follows the true story of 28-year-old adrenaline junkie Aron Ralston hiking in the wilderness of the Utah desert.

But the subject matter proved too testing for some cinemagoers at Cineworld, Old Potts Way, after Aron traps his right forearm between a boulder and canyon wall. All he has is a videocamera for company, a bottle of water and a Swiss army knife. He is forced to cut off his own arm.

A Cineworld employee told the Chronicle he had been told people had fainted while watching the film there.

And overseas during the the first public screening at the Toronto Film Festival last September, three people reportedly fainted and one person suffered a seizure while watching the gruesome amputation scene.

Film critic John Foote, who was present at the screening, has called it the most shocking audience reaction since The Exorcist. He said the scene sent audiences ‘scurrying for the doors’.

A spokesperson for Cineworld added: “We’ve had reports of a small number people feeling queasy after watching the 15A rated film 127 Hours. Consequently, Cineworld thought it appropriate to signpost the relevant screens, warning cinemagoers of the graphic nature of the film.”

by Charlotte Hester