Readers of our 2012 Sundance Film Festival coverage will note that this year at the fest has suffered from numerous health-related issues, from the death of influential indie film distributor Bingham Ray on Monday, to the collapse of Tracy Morgan last weekend. And now, the movies themselves are causing issues, as the horror film V/H/S is driving people to lose consciousness at the indie film festival.
Apparently, a man passed out while attending a screening of V/H/S, a found-footage horror film (which is code of “inspired by The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity”) at Sundance. The film, directed by David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, and Adam Wingard, was apparently too much for the man, who lost consciousness during a “particularly gruesome scene.” After coming to, the man was embarrassed, left the theater, and was later treated for nausea.
It’s not known if the man simply couldn’t handle the content of the scene, or if the “found footage” aesthetic (which often includes shaky footage) disoriented the man. What is known is that the directors behind V/H/S couldn’t have asked for a better advertising gimmick: the film is so disturbing that viewers run the risk of passing out during a viewing. Not a bad marketing hook at all.
What do you think of the V/H/S news?
Source: Cinema Blend