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Horror Movie that Causes Madness...?

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#1    JaegerMonster

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:51 PM

So we've all heard the legends and seen movies or TV shows about the film that supposedly drove its audience crazy or drove them to kill each other in a murderous frenzy, etc. What I'm wondering is, is there a basis in fact for this particular legend?

I seem to recall hearing something about an incident in Philly or Baltimore or somewhere (def. someplace on the East Coast, NOT Hollywood) where a murder was committed in the theater, or the film caused people to react violently, something like that...back in the 1960s or maybe '70s.

I'm sure that - if this is a true story - this would have been the inspiration or "launching point" for the legend, which would of course have become more and more exaggerated over time ("You die three days after watching it!").

I want to say it was in Maryland, but for some reason I'm also stuck on Philadelphia. Could have been Delaware or Virginia, for all I know... Wish I could remember where I initially heard it.

Anyway - it's an intriguing idea. Anyone else remember such a story?


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:21 PM

No... may I ask how old you are?

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:31 PM

I don't know about a specific location, but I do remember there was a movie in the sixties that was supposed to have a detrimental effect.  It was similar to Mondo Cane, I think.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:35 PM

My Dad was in the Marines during the latter half of the Vietnam war and came home in 1972 (as I recall anyway, I was just six).  Along  with the larger things he brought back from the service, he had a metal cigar box with smaller things in it.  There were some letters and postcards in the box and a few black and white pictures of South Vietnam soldiers holding up severed heads which  was disturbing to me at that age because it was real. My Dad was a horror fan and minor collector of the bizarre; he died only 7 years later at which time I was thirteen.  Said cigar box was given to me but it didn't have the photos in it.  However, the box did have a few newspaper clippings and letters sent between my Uncle and my Dad.  In one of the letters was a story about some people being attacked or getting hurt at a movie theater during some horror film screening (I'm 47 now so I only recall generalities but your post rang a bell!).  I was somewhat afraid because I didn't know if it happened where we lived or what (Michigan).  I have no idea where it happened because just the article was clipped, no banner or date or anything like that to tell what paper it came from.  The box, and it's contents, were lost in a basement flood  in the late 1980's along with some original Famous Monsters books he collected and some EC comics reprints.   I asked my Uncle David if he remembered sending my Dad that article and he said he didn't remember anything about it.  I always figured it was something like the deal when they wired the seats to vibrate when they showed The Tingler or something.  Could have been a gag article/publicity thing but I sure wish I had that box again.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:07 AM

A couple of years past 50...   ;)

I would have been in my 20s, but at the time I was involved in a bit of "mind expansion" so I don't remember that time period as well as I might have otherwise, LOL.

DSOTM, that's pretty creepy. Where did your Uncle live at the time?

J.K., do you remember any other specifics? Mondo movie sounds like a plausible springboard...

Edited by JaegerMonster, 01 October 2013 - 12:15 AM.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:16 AM

Well the 60's-70's was the hayday of the exploitation film, that combined with a couple of seedy theaters could have easily birthed a bizarre legend. Funny considering a few years prior we had the William Castle "horror" films, where guys dressed like ghosts, and vibrators in the seats would be deployed to mess with the audience. Maybe that stuck with people in some subliminal wa.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:45 AM

I remember vaguely hearing something in a movie theatre that happened in the early 70's; I grew up in Allentown, PA, so I want to say that it happened in Philly, but it could be Baltimore or D.C.  Definitely somewhere on the East Coast, though.  As a young, avid moviegoer at that time, before VTR's, anything that was happening in theaters would have gotten my attention.  I don't think it had anything to do with subliminal suggestion, though I hear that that was fairly common in the late 50's-early 60's, a bit before my time.  This had more to do with some type of audience reaction where people left the movie or something happened during the movie that wasn't quite that innocent.  I can't remember if people got hurt during the film or were made to leave the movie, but it was definitely something along those lines.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:31 AM

I don't know about horror movies causing madness, but a quick search on google brings up a number of news reports about people fainting while watching horror movies. An example of multiple faintings at a screening of Saw 3
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6101704.stm


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:38 AM

View PostJaegerMonster, on 29 September 2013 - 06:51 PM, said:

So we've all heard the legends and seen movies or TV shows about the film that supposedly drove its audience crazy or drove them to kill each other in a murderous frenzy, etc. What I'm wondering is, is there a basis in fact for this particular legend?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:53 PM

People also freaked out back in the 80s when they saw The Shining.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:04 AM

There's a famous movie about this.
They all want this reel of the film, that if you watch it you die at the end. Everyone goes insane and kill or commit suicide iI think
It ends with them watching it in the theater.
I forget the name now. It's presented as if it's a true story, but I do not think it is.

Edited by Simbi Laveau, 02 October 2013 - 01:12 AM.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:32 AM

It took me a while to find it. It's an episode of Masters of Horror, directed by John Carpenter.
It's called Cigarette Burns.  
Norman Reedus and Udo Keir are in it

"Cigarette Burns" is the eighth episode of season one of the horror anthology series Masters of Horror.
It was directed by John Carpenter,and Scott Swan. It premiered December 2005.

The episode concerns rare films dealer Kirby Sweetman who is deeply in debt and trying to keep his small independent theater open. He is hired by an old cinephile, Mister Bellinger to find the only existing print of an elusive thirty-year old movie,"La Fin Absolue du Monde", which supposedly sparked a homicidal riot during its premiere at the Sitges Film Festival, after which it was destroyed. The episode follows Kirby as he pursues a series of clues that lead him inexorably towards a horrific and bloody conclusion.

http://en.wikipedia....Cigarette_Burns




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Edited by Simbi Laveau, 02 October 2013 - 11:37 AM.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:52 AM

Wow...seems a nerve has been touched


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It's called Cigarette Burns.  
Norman Reedus and Udo Keir are in it

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 02:20 AM

View PostSkepticalB, on 03 October 2013 - 01:52 AM, said:

Wow...seems a nerve has been touched




You sir, have just made a sale
Have you never watched Masters of Horror?
Theyre sick. The Takeshi Miike one was completely banned from being aired in the USA.
They get famous horror directors to do the episodes.
I think there were a few seasons.
I've seen many of them. Some are on YouTube in full. This one is.
Theyre an hour long.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:20 PM

View PostJaegerMonster, on 01 October 2013 - 12:07 AM, said:



DSOTM, that's pretty creepy. Where did your Uncle live at the time?



My Uncle was in Flint, MI at the time (murder capital of the US now!) ; my Dad came back to the states through So. Carolina.  I can't find any Google references to it alleging to have happened around here so maybe in the So. Carolina / Atlantic coast area.  Still checking as it definitely struck a chord from child hood.  As an aside, one of the other creepy things Dad brought back was an album called "Black Mass" by Lucifer.  I hated that thing!  It was just trippy music but it scared the crap out of me at age 7.   Ah, the 70's...........

Saw Cigarette Burns once a few years back; seems like it had someone threading his guts into the projector?  And maybe an Angel (or demon) in it? That's about all I remember from it....have to find it on YT and give another look.






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