The Passion of the Christ: 2004
A woman died of an apparent heart attack while watching the climactic crucifixion scene in “The Passion of the Christ” in Wichita, Kansas. The film was stopped and a nurse in attendance went to the woman’s side, KAKE-TV in Wichita reported. ”It was the highest emotional part of the movie,” a spokeswoman for the station said.
Black Swan: 2011
At a cinema in Latvia, a 42-year-old man was shot dead for eating popcorn too loudly while watching the movie “Black Swan.” When the credits rolled, a younger man pulled out a legally registered firearm and shot the other man dead. Other audience members then called the police and an ambulance.
A 42-year-old Taiwanese man died of “excitement” after watching this movie. He reportedly felt ill while watching the film, then headed to the hospital. When he arrived at the emergency room, he was unconscious. The man died 11 days later. ”It’s likely that the over-excitement from watching the movie triggered his symptoms,” Dr. Peng Chin-chih told Agence France Presse.
In Wellington, New Zealand, a 23-year-old man was found slumped over in his chair after a Sunday night showing of the film. Paramedics were not able to resuscitate him and stated that he might have been dead in that chair for over an hour. There were no obvious injuries to the young man and the death was unexplained.