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6 Movies That Audiences Walked Out Of


Too gross. Too creepy. Too sad… or just
too bad. Sometimes a film dishes out more than we can handle. Whether it’s crazy camera
work or unbearable scenes, there are plenty of reasons that audiences prematurely head
to the exits. Here are a few films that were just too hard to sit through. The Walk Even seasoned film critics and industry insiders
felt the dizzying effects of French daredevil Philippe Petit walking a tightrope between
Manhattan’s Twin Towers in 2015’s The Walk. The 3D bio-pic recreates the notorious 1974
stunt in ways that past mediums, including a memoir and a documentary, could not – and
that included making people leave the theater to vomit. CBS News even advised people to
avoid large meals before attending a screening, reporting that at least 10% of audiences were
getting physically ill. All previous footage of Petit’s heartstopping
stroll between the skyscrapers, which he completed eight times over 45 minutes without a safety
net or harness, was captured from the ground or the buildings. “The thing that neither
the book nor the documentary could do was actually put the audience up on the wire with
Philippe,” Director Robert Zemeckis told Vanity Fair. “We did. And that is what movies are
all about.” That and, apparently, barfing. Freaks Director Tod Browning’s pre-code horror film
about a 1932 circus proved so shocking that the original copies were pulled from theaters
and destroyed, along with Browning’s career. In the movie, a gorgeous trapeze artist plans
to marry and then stop the leader of a group of sideshow performers to gain his inheritance.
The plot pits the “normal” members of the circus against the “freaks.” Browning made
the bold choice of casting real circus folk with abnormalities to play the sideshow performers. Viewers were supposed to come away with the
message that one’s looks do not equate to one’s morality, but things didn’t go as
planned. “It is impossible for the normal man or woman to sympathize with the aspiring
midget,” said a contemporary review in Variety. The Hollywood Reporter called it “an outrageous
onslaught upon the feelings, the senses, the brains and the stomachs of an audience.” Mass
walkouts ensued. The film was banned in the UK, and according to the book Horror Movie
Freak, one woman threatened to sue MGM, claiming the movie made her miscarry. Comparatively, it’s hard to comprehend that
level of loathing among today’s audiences. American Horror Story: Freak Show took home
five Emmys in 2015. What a difference a day makes. 127 Hours In 2003, outdoorsman Aron Ralston became trapped
in a slot canyon in Utah for 127 hours, his right arm pinned by a boulder. To escape,
he sawed off his own arm with a dull pocketknife. In 2010, Director Danny Boyle released a movie
starring James Franco about the true story, but when viewers arrived at that pivotal scene,
many couldn’t hack it. Movieline compiled reports of fainting, vomiting, and seizures
at film festivals and screenings across the country. Franco told Vulture, “It’s meant to be an
intense, personal, immersive experience. And when he cuts off his arm, maybe it feels like
it’s happening to you.” Despite the suffering of moviegoers, the film was nominated for
six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor, so let’s give the film a
hand. It really needs one. Irreversible Don’t be ashamed if this controversial 2002
French film makes you want to curl up in the fetal position. Critic Roger Ebert gave the
movie three stars, but also called it “so violent and cruel that most people will find
it unwatchable.” He was right, but it wasn’t just the brutality that overwhelmed audiences;
there was also a scientific explanation for their abhorrence. Director Gaspar Noé added
low-frequency background noise to the soundtrack of his revenge thriller. Though such extreme bass waves are inaudible
to humans, the BBC reported that infrasound can induce anxiety, extreme sorrow, heart
palpitations and shivering. “Naturally-occurring infrasound has been associated with areas
of supernatural activity, as well as being produced prior to natural disasters, such
as storms and earthquakes.” “Our response to certain kinds of noise is
something so profound in us that we can’t switch it off,” science writer Philip Ball
told the BBC. “Film composers know that and use it to shortcut the logical part of our
brain and get straight to the emotional centres.” The Paranormal Activity franchise and other
horror movies have allegedly used this tactic as well, so the next time you’re watching
a movie between your fingers, don’t fault your courage. Blame the fear frequency. Tree of Life While film scholars called Tree of Life a
masterpiece, the man on the street asked for his money back. Terrence Malick’s experimental
drama explores many themes: the creation of the world, the meaning of life, the conflict
between science and religion, and the bond between family… which is a lot for any movie
to handle. Tree of Life dropped the ball. Maybe it was just too much for the average
date night, because folks left the movie in droves. They weren’t scared or grossed out.
They just didn’t like it. Despite an 85% Metacritic rating, disputes
about refunds arose, and theaters scrambled to make their policies clear. According to
The New York Times, The Avon Theater in Connecticut posted a sign urging customers to “read up
on the film before choosing to see it” because it was not issuing refunds. Other cinemas
agreed to reimbursements for those who left within 30 minutes, and Brad Pitt laughed all
the way to the bank. Cloverfield If this 2008 found-footage horror film makes
you lose your lunch, fear not, you’re not alone. So many people got sick during screenings
that some cinemas began posting warning signs. In the movie, six Manhattan millennials are
attending a party when a gigantic monster attacks the city. Their experience is documented
on a personal video camera later recovered by the U.S. Department of Defense. The footage
is so jerky that bucketfuls of popcorn were regurgitated in cinema seats, bathrooms…
and the expanse of floor between the seats and the bathrooms. Because instances of nausea were so prevalent,
WebMD even wrote an article about the specific motion sickness phenomenon, stating, “While
watching Cloverfield, viewers were sitting still in their seats, so their inner ear was
telling their body they were motionless. But the bumpy camera movements—and their eyes—misled
them into thinking they were moving erratically.” Similar side effects occurred during screenings
of The Blair Witch Project in 1998. Fortunately, Cloverfield’s first quasi-spinoff,
the 2016 hit 10 Cloverfield Lane, dispensed with the jiggly camera work, opting for good
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