Paranormal Activity “ain’t got nothing” on this!
A gory forearm amputation scene in the upcoming Ripped-From-the-Headlines film 127 Hours has caused some early screening audience members to faint, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The movie, directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Daniel Boyle, is based on the true story of Aron Ralston — played by James Franco — who contemplates his own mortality and is forced to amputates his own arm after getting pinned between a boulder and a rock wall deep in a Utah ravine while hiking alone in 2003. Boyle shows Ralston breaking his arm with a rock, working through the flesh with a blunt knife then cutting tendons with pliers.
There have been at least seven fainting episodes reported at 127 Hours screenings in the past month: two were reported at the Telluride Film Festival, three at the Toronto International Film Festival, and one at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Then there was Courtney Phelps, who saw the film at a recent Producers Guild of America screening in Hollywood….and nearly lost her lunch in the process.
“I started to feel like I was going to throw up,” Courtney explains. “So I went to the bathroom, and then I started feeling dizzy and my heart started racing.”
Phelps adds: “I have never had, even remotely, an experience like this. I’m a television producer. I know this stuff is not real.”
Phelps fainted and was treated by paramedics, who were already responding to reports of another theatergoer having a seizure!
Sheesh, are we talking about a biopic or a reboot of 976-Evil?
The scene is about at intense as it sounds, says The Wrap film critic John H. Fort. Fort reports faintings and seizures during the film’s Toronto premiere.
“Make no mistake, the scenes of Aron Ralston taking off his own arm to free himself after a fall are among the most realistic of graphic gore ever put on film, and not for the faint of heart,” he wrote in a column published in September. “You could clearly see people in shock, struggling to stay in their seats, working to get past the intensity of what was going on in front of them. The sequence is never gratuitous, just very realistic… These were clearly audience members who could not take it.”
Ralston added: “The experience of the very gruesome arm-removing [was], like, ‘Whoa, I can’t believe we’re watching this!’ I was ecstatic to be getting out of there.”