Sometimes a cinematic adventure dishes out more than we can handle. Too gross. Too creepy. Too sad…or just bad. From crazy camera work to low-frequency sound waves, there are plenty of triggers that send audiences heading to the exits. Watch our original vid above or read on below, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool videos!
The Walk (2015)
Even seasoned film critics and industry insiders felt the dizzying effects of French daredevil Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) walking a tightrope between Manhattan’s Twin Towers, more than 1,300 feet above the pavement. “I had to look away a couple of times because of the sensation of the height,” said Denise Widman, board director of the Boston Jewish Film festival, to the New York Post. “I felt a little bit queasy. I felt nervous. It was a tingling sensation and some anxiety.” Others reportedly left the theater to vomit, and many reported symptoms of vertigo.
The 3D biopic recreates the notorious 1974 stunt in ways that past mediums, including a memoir and a documentary, could not. 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.