Have you guys heard about the French cannibal horror film Raw? After its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, there were reports of moviegoers fainting, vomiting and flat-out leaving the theater due to the intensity of the gore. Due to these intense physical reactions from viewers, #Raw has gained a lot of buzz.
But the Julia Ducournau film has more than just shock value. It managed to take home the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes, as well as "most original and imaginative first feature" at the London Film Festival. It's currently holding an 89 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So, is it good enough to risk vomiting in public?
Fortunately, taking from a marketing trick used with 1970s horror films, the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles is distributing custom barf bags to moviegoers with the purchase of each ticket; if you're going to get sick, at least it's a better option than barfing on the floor or in your popcorn bag or drink cup — or all over yourself.
This makes me wonder: what exactly is the protocol for getting sick (or otherwise leaving in disgust) during a #horror movie? How should you act if you suddenly feel your popcorn coming back up? Well, fear not, because I am here to help you.
1. The Restroom Is Always Your Best Option
Look, guys, if you are watching a horror movie and feeling like you have to vomit, do your best to exit the theater first. When I saw the remake of #EvilDead, about 15 people walked out of the theater and never came back due to the gore — but I also heard a couple of people vomit in their seats. And trust me, it's not a pleasant experience for your ears or nose if you're stuck in a theater with people who are sick.
Nobody wants to hear (or smell) you hurl, because it could make them hurl, so if you can get out to the lobby, then don't hesitate. We have all had a bathroom attack while watching a movie in the theater. After seeing Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, I had to pee so badly that I jumped over the row of seats in front of me to run to the bathroom.
Horror is no different than any other genre when it comes to having to leave the theater — just be considerate of those around you. Like with any other movie, if you have to leave, then quietly exit and try not to step on anyone's feet. (Just remember all of your belongings if you get up and don't intend to return.)
2. If You Have To Barf In Your Seat, Be Courteous
It's not always possible to make it to the bathroom — hey, vomiting can be an instant response to an upsetting image. You might not feel it coming until it's too late.
If you can't exit the theater, find something to vomit into. A popcorn bag, a candy bucket, a drink cup, your sweater...anything. Not only will you be happier and less embarrassed, but your fellow movie patrons will appreciate it.
3. Clean Yourself Up
Okay, you've just puked in your seat, but the gross scene is over. Do you stay to watch what comes next? No, you do not. Just get up and go clean yourself off.
Take a quick trip to the bathroom and rinse out your mouth, wash your hands, and come back feeling refreshed. Maybe purchase some mints from the concession stand — yeah, they're overpriced, but you probably need them. Also, take your puke-filled item with you, so you can dispose of it in the trashcan.
4. Don't Judge Others
If you feel too sick to watch a movie, don't make a scene — don't complain, and don't loudly tell other viewers they're crazy or disgusting for staying. Likewise, if a movie makes others sick around you, it's definitely gross, but remember it's not their fault.
Horror is a fun genre, but it can be a bit intense for some people. My advice is to remember that the effects aren't real, the stories aren't real and (despite how much some of us would love it) #zombies and #vampires aren't real.
For movies like Raw, don't let the media hype get you more amped-up than necessary. It's a fun marketing tool to provide barf bags with a movie ticket, but a majority of them will be kept as souvenirs or will wind up in the trashcan, unused. Take some deep breaths if the intensity does get to you, and you'll be just fine.
Have you ever gotten sick during a horror movie?
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]