So, I passed out during Prometheus today. . . [SPOILERS TOO]

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Yeah, pretty much as the title says, out of seemingly nowhere I passed out whilst watching Prometheus at the movies with my girlfriend today.

During the surgery scene, where the main character, Elizabeth Shaw, gets an alien embryo cut out of her whilst still awake and stapled back up, I was covering my girlfriend's eyes, since she doesn't like that sort of stuff. I last thing I remember was watching her being stapled back together whilst the alien squid-thing lashed around in the tight auto-surgery chamber. What it felt like next was a heap of commercials playing in my head and flashes of many different things from memory. As I came to, I awoke with tingling arms and legs and blurry vision, as my girlfriend was yelling at me and almost crying and on the screen there was what I think was a bunch of guys shooting guns.
Anyway, according to her, I lolled my head back with my eyes open and my tongue hanging out for nearly five minutes, whilst she told me to stop it, eventually freaking out and yelling at me and hitting me to try and wake me up.

So guys and gals, what are your thoughts? has this ever happened to you or someone you know? Me personally, I'm still pretty freaked out about the whole thing. I knew I was bad at surgery and such, but I didn't ever imagine it could have this effect on me.

Inb4 "lol man up you pussy."

EDIT: 'Kay guys, so after speaking with my mum and my brother I decided to see my GP today. A lengthy session with her brought her to the conclusion that is was an incredibly isolated instance of a reflexive epileptic fit.
This was basically brought about by the fact that I had not really eaten or drank anything in the past 24 hours (as I'm going through one of those phases where you just don't feel hungry), I hadn't slept particularly well and the fact that I was really not mentally equipped to experience that scene in the state I was in.
So yeah, my GP has assured me that this is one of those things that could have happened to anyone under the same circumstances and even then, it's like a one-in-a-thousand chance of it happening. Hilariously enough she likened it to someone hitting a bullet mid-flight with another bullet. It can happen, but it's just a really specific set of circumstances in which it would happen.

TL;DR: There's nothing wrong with me, turns out it was essentially self-inflicted. Y'know, because I'm a fool.

Again, thanks to everyone who's commented and offered advice. It is honestly touching to think that people can care enough to comment on a situation that has literally no bearing on them in any way. :)
And by all means, don't stop arguing over Prometheus. As I had to walk out of the theatre I didn't see the last 20 minutes, so it's all thoroughly riveting for me. :D

I'll admit, that scene was pretty wicked. If you're squeamish, I can see where you could have passed out during that sequence.

If you're not squeamish, I guess you could pass it off as "shit happens." Maybe something about that particular scene got to you, or maybe your body decided to have a reaction at that particular time, as opposed to some other time. Who knows?

I'd just go on the record as saying the gruesome nature of the scene made ya pass out. It's not unheard of.

This kind of happened to me whilst watching the new Friday the 13th made by Rob Zombie way back when. I didn't pass out, but everything went dark, my ears started ringing and I got really sweaty for about 5 minutes. It wasn't even a particularly gory scene. It was like when you get a head rush from standing up really fast but multiplied by a thousand!

lolmanupyouwuss

=P

Back when i was in the scouts we had to do a morning rollcall/march thing. Many of us will turn up with no brekkie coz well, it was real early and we wanted to sleep in.

So one morning during the flag raising ritual, this kid beside me started swaying and toppled over backwards.

Caught the bugger in time though, so he didnt crack his skull on the concrete.

Ed: I honestly dont know anyone who had an adverse reaction to a movie.... shrug

It's never happened to me but my best friend's dad passes out at the sight of blood, but only in real life. It doesn't happen when he sees it in movies. I believe it's reflexive and doesn't actually have much to do with how sensitive you are.

It's never happened to me but I think there's always a possibility. I'm a bit squeamish about this stuff.

During the premiere of Falling Skies on TNT, there was this scene where this lady had to rip this thing out of this dude's eye. He was screaming and his legs were flailing. I watched it with no issues but afterwards? I couldn't seem to stop shuddering from the inside out.

I went dizzy when I watched The Human Centipede 2 a while ago. I've always been okay with gore and stuff, so I figured it wouldn't bother me.

It did. It bothered me a lot. D:

So don't fret too much about it. If you are worried, you could always go to your doctor and ask, but that's if it's really bothering you.

Instant K4rma:
I'll admit, that scene was pretty wicked. If you're squeamish, I can see where you could have passed out during that sequence.

If you're not squeamish, I guess you could pass it off as "shit happens." Maybe something about that particular scene got to you, or maybe your body decided to have a reaction at that particular time, as opposed to some other time. Who knows?

I'd just go on the record as saying the gruesome nature of the scene made ya pass out. It's not unheard of.

Yeah that's the thing, I'm just not the squeamish type. I've watched some of the worst-of-the-worst movies, gore-wise, but something about it just made me sick. It think it's as another person on this thread was saying, how it could have been a reflexive thing, like how some people are with blood. I've got a similar thing with surgery shows on tv, but I didn't think I'd be affected by cgi.

Hah! I guess that's the highest praise this movie could get in terms of presentation. When it's so realistic-looking that it'd make a guy pass out.

Oh god I also just remembered the part where the embryotic-sack of the alien split open and fell back into the wound. I reckon that must have done it, after that I remember the staples going into her and that's it.

That scene was awesome. If you're squeamish I could understand the reaction. It's a person watching a machine perform major surgery on them while awake and only enough anesthetic to maybe dull the pain a bit and not pass out. But me, completely desensitized. I've seen worse on the news, watching Syrian rebels get shelled from all sides as they try to retake major cities.

Luftwaffles:

So one morning during the flag raising ritual, this kid beside me started swaying and toppled over backwards.

Caught the bugger in time though, so he didnt crack his skull on the concrete.

Ha! I had that happen in my platoon during Basic earlier this year, except for some reason three of the guys got knocked out at the exact same time.

I had similar surgury earlier this year (REALLY nasty case of exploded appendix), so needless to say I found this scene more distressing than most...

captaincabbage:
As I came to, I awoke with tingling arms and legs and blurry vision, as my girlfriend was yelling at me and almost crying and on the screen there was what I think was a bunch of guys shooting guns.
Anyway, according to her, I lolled my head back with my eyes open and my tongue hanging out for nearly five minutes, whilst she told me to stop it, eventually freaking out and yelling at me and hitting me to try and wake me up.

That...that doesn't sound like passing out. I think you might want to see a doctor, because I'm not a doctor myself, but that sounds like a low-grade seizure to me, especially with the open eyes and protruding tongue.

Last time I got in a fight with my brother...

I threw a headbutt that achieved knocking us both unconscious for about a half hour each... good thing I was the first one up... cut my head open and left a hell of a bruise on his...<.<

I nearly passed out during a scene in Pan's Labyrinth where the Nazi dude has to stitch his mouth up. But otherwise, no.

Also, that scene in Prometheus wasn't as bad as I expected. All the tension was killed when she jumped up from the table - stitches in and everything - and just started running away. Like, everything's fine. I wanted to yell at the screen. PRETTY SPRY FOR HAVING A BUNCH OF STAPLES IN YOUR GODDAMN ABDOMEN!! Kinda takes the squick out of squick when it's also horribly lazily written.

Oh! I might have fainted during The Human Centipede 2. Mostly cos of the mid-film tonal shift where it went from hilarious comedy with cheap fake corpses and awkward camera cuts, to horrible makeshift surgery instructional. I couldn't finish watching it. I thought the first one was blissfully hilarious, and I was expecting the second to follow suit. I guess I was taken aback by it more than actually squicked out.

Er, well that scene really annoyed me. I was sitting there going hasn't ANYONE involved with the production in this movie any notion at all at what abdominal surgery is? PROTIP: It's not like that scene.

I especially love how she starts running around the ship and the planet for the next hour with the power of pain pills...ala Max Payne. Instead of you know, rolling around groaning in a ball on the ground begging for a morphine drip. After abdominal surgery. That would have left her uterus a bleeding rag of flesh.

The movie was pretty fucking stupid, but that scene shattered any semblance of immersion it had managed in the amazing opening minutes.

OH btw: SEE A FUCKING DOCTOR YOU TWIT. YOU COULD BE DYING.

captaincabbage:
As I came to, I awoke with tingling arms and legs and blurry vision, as my girlfriend was yelling at me and almost crying and on the screen there was what I think was a bunch of guys shooting guns.
Anyway, according to her, I lolled my head back with my eyes open and my tongue hanging out for nearly five minutes, whilst she told me to stop it, eventually freaking out and yelling at me and hitting me to try and wake me up.

Dude, see a doctor.

Sorry if I sound like a smart arse, but like Buzz Killington said - that sounds like a mild seizure of some kind.

I lost two teeth in one night when I was little. Could barely walk. Got up to do something, next thing I know I'm lying on the floor, front teeth smashed to pieces and screaming and crying (I was 12).

Get checked for epilepsy sounds like a small epileptic fit. One of my friends is epileptic and gets those symptoms also were you shaking at all? kinda like a fish outta water but not as violent.

I'm a hardened horror nerd, so no.

I was going to tell you to see a doctor, but it seems from other, "normal" people's posts that this isn't that uncommon. I'd still advise it, though, especially if it happens again.

Gore bothers me a fair bit, if I see it coming I know to look elsewhere or play out the scene comically in my brain.

Don't remember if there where any bright flashes in that scene, if it were.. then it might have been a epileptic seizure.. Go see a doctor and they will help you determine if it's EP with a few tests.. There is some good medicine for EP, but they also have some pretty bad side effects..

Something similar happened to me twice, but I wasn't watching a movie.. I work in a Liesure centre as a lifeguard and I just casually got off the chair and my vision started going blurry, I leaned on the wall for balance and looked at the other lifeguard who was at the other side of the pool, then I dropped my head for what felt like a second and I looked back up and he was right beside me. The tingly arms and legs thing I noticed too.

The second time I was playing Mortal Kombat and pretty much the same thing happened.

Edit: Just thought I should mention that after the first time it happened I got one of our fitness coaches to take my blood pressure out of curiosity and it was low.

the only time i felt uncomfortable was when i watched the twist to everything is illuminated.

the squid scene was not that disgusting. maybe because i was laughing that Charlize Theron brought a surgical bed for men.

and the bed did a fucking terrible job in fixing her. he could have used duct tape. it would be as efficient as his stapling. and it is strange that it didnt even care to use anesthetics.

edit: for those who tell me for whom this bed really was:

rhizhim:

i know. but at that point you didnt know about that.

the human centipide was just disgusting, not in terms of gore but the fact that someone thought it would be a good idea to make such a movie.

just like hostel and a serbian film. both with nothing interesting to tell.

this was my only reaction to all this dumb movies that take themselves too serious:


but i havent been physical ill watching a horror flick.

maybe it caught you off guard? or you have problems with your blood pressure..

I'm in no way squeamish, but I remember some video in science almost put me out. Started to feel really cold and ended up having to rest my head in my hands on the desk. Luckily I always sat at the back so no one noticed.

I did lose consciousness after a vaccination though. Whilst we sat there after having it the room just suddenly seemed as if it was underwater. I do remember drifting to one side but after that just nothing until I woke up horizontal, drenched in a cold sweat and with one of those kidney-shaped bowls in front of my face. Apparently I'd fallen onto my mate's shoulder, he thought I was mucking about (I joked about fainting before we went in) so he pushed me to the other side onto someone else. When he did the same I ended up folding forwards and they called the nurse over.

I didn't pass out but I still found that scene very difficult to watch, clenching my teeth and sounding like a boiling kettle that occasionally whispered "Fucking hell...."-still, I did get a chuckle out of her stapling herself up, good as new.

Captcha: ginned up

You just needed some Dutch courage to get through that bit!

Well, remind me never to watch that.
At least it wasn't as bad as me though. I passed out during sex ed because I was already sick. The only thing that made it slightly better is that I passed out the next day as well but it was still a horrible time for it to happen.

rhizhim:
the only time i felt uncomfortable was when i watched the twist to everything is illuminated.

the squid scene was not that disgusting. maybe because i was laughing that Charlize Theron brought a surgical bed for men. how did she not check this? or is she a he/she?

I have, to my knowledge, never passed out. Awesome!

Sacman:
Last time I got in a fight with my brother...

I threw a headbutt that achieved knocking us both unconscious for about a half hour each... good thing I was the first one up... cut my head open and left a hell of a bruise on his...<.<

Done that myself, with feet and teeth. Needless to say it was convenient we were both still teething...

It was a pretty gruesome part but what I found truly weird was how it was pretty much completely forgotten.
She goes into the next room and doesn't say holy crap I just gave birth to a tentacle baby its smile and talk to an old guy, until the end I wasn't really sure what it was until you found out they left the dangerous alien organism completely unattended.
To me the movie just seemed like bits and pieces attempting to create a story but just ended up completely disjointed hopefully if the directors cut comes out we might get a flowing story.
I have a very high tolerance to on screen gruesome because you know its all fake it just doesn't seep through.

Advice sounds like you may need to see a doctor (you too Soxafloppin) you need to get a diagnosis one of my mates had the same thing happens every so often for no apparent reason he pretty much goes into a passed out state last time it nearly killed him.
But from the sounds of it, it is probably a minor epileptic fit.
While the movie may have been the trigger it is likely there is a major underlying problem.
The good thing is you will know what is wrong the bad thing is when you find out they may take away your license.

EDIT
Good to hear its nothing too severe

Kids nowadays, with their weak stomachs and their skateboards on the sidewalks. Go to some morgues and watch a few autopsies. That'll fix ya right up!

Doclector:
I'm a hardened horror nerd, so no.

I was going to tell you to see a doctor, but it seems from other, "normal" people's posts that this isn't that uncommon. I'd still advise it, though, especially if it happens again.

Yeah. Not like it could hurt to be too safe and have a check up anyway.

Was kinda worse than any chest burster scene.

See a doctor. Dont assume correlation=causation. This may have been something that could have happened to you at any time and it just happened to hit you when you were watching that scene.

Could be epilepsy or, and I dont want to scare you, but it could be something worse than epilepsy. See a Doctor.

I found that entire segment very difficult to watch, but I didn't pass out. I also cringed every time she took a hit to the stomach from that scene onwards, in my head I was going "Jesus CHRIST stop hitting her there!!!"

I once sucked in too much helium from a balloon and passed out, but I doubt it was anything like that.
Also, your friend thought you were faking, and then proceeded to hit you?
...not the best way to deal with someone who just passed out, but ok!

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