15 Movies That Made the Audience Walk Out of the Cinema

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15 Movies That Made the Audience Walk Out of the Cinema

Watching a newly released movie in a cinema can prove to be an exciting experience but that is not always the case. For one reason or another, a movie can have a calamitous effect on the audience and can convince them to leave early. Take a look at a few movies that made the audience walk out of the cinema:


15. Deadpool (2016)

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As one of the most anticipated movies of 2016, fans were overjoyed to see the solo movie of Deadpool which was promised to be comic book-accurate. However, numerous parents took their underage children after assuming that it was just another superhero movie despite Ryan Reynolds’ open letter to parents in which he explicitly advised them not to do so.

Halfway through the rated-R movie which crossed several boundaries in terms of violence and vulgarity, parents were absolutely appalled and walked out with their children. Though Deadpool was exclusively for a mature audience and inappropriate for children, it did not stop from being a critical and commercial success.


14. Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield shaky camera work

The found-footage concept took quite a toll on the audience who went to watch Cloverfield. The scenes of the monster attacking Manhattan were shown as videos recorded by a personal camera and in order to encapsulate a sense of realism, the videos were wobbly.

Many audience members walked out of the cinemas because the rapid and shaky camera work caused them to feel nauseous and physically ill. As a result, few cinemas began posting warning signs outside to alert the audience about Cloverfield potentially causing motion sickness.


13. Swiss Army Man (2016)

Swiss Army Man (2016)

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Daniel Radcliffe has yet to make a name for himself after his acting heydays as Harry Potter but he is not going to accomplish it by starring as a rotting corpse. Swiss Army Man revolves around a man who befriends a dead body washed ashore on the beach.

The scenes of the corpse steadily rotting and farting proved to be too much for the audience and many of them left the cinema in disgusted. Surprisingly enough, Swiss Army Man received positive reviews from critics.


12. The Walk (2015)

The Walk (2015)

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Based on the life of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, The Walk unapologetically provides the viewers with a daring experience. All the available footage of the real-life Petit walking on the high-wire between the Twin Towers had been recorded from buildings or the ground but The Walk decided to take it up a notch.

The movie shows Petit (portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) walking the high-wire from the top and extremely close; causing the audience to feel dizziness. The fact that The Walk was in 3D did not ease matters and made many people walk out early.


11. 127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours (2010)

The true story of mountaineer Aron Ralston is not for the faint of heart. While hiking in Blue John Canyon, he slips inside a canyon slot and giant boulder traps his right hand and wrist against the surface.

After remaining stuck for six days, Aron takes a giant leap of faith by amputating his right forearm with a pocketknife in order to escape. The bloody scene proved to be too gruesome for several viewers. Many vomited, fainted or experienced seizures and they were forced to leave early.


10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs violence

The initial reception of Quentin Tarantino’s crime film Reservoir Dogs was a far cry from the legendary status it holds nowadays. The movie’s iconic torture scene was particularly the eye of controversy as many audience members would leave when it would screen.

Tarantino always counted the number of people who would walk out of Reservoir Dogs; the highest was 33. The director thought that the audience would be able to bear his movie when it would screen in Spain’s Sitges Horror Film Festival but he was wrong. Five people walked out including none other than the pioneer of the horror genre, Wes Craven.


9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Responsible for popularizing the found-footage technique of film-making as far as mainstream movies are concerned, The Blair Witch Project is nothing short of a frightful experience for its viewers.

Though it managed to earn a whopping $248.6 million at the box office against a measly budget of $60,000, the movie’s true claim to fame was how it managed to cause the viewers to experience nausea and panic attacks and that only increased the horror movie’s growing notoriety.


8. The Lion King (1994)

the lion king 1994 mufasa death scene

Obviously the most light-hearted entry in the entire list, The Lion King is one of the most fondly remembered animated movies released by Disney but even it has a tragic moment that can leave the viewers in tears.

The heartbreaking scene of Scar murdering his brother Mufasa has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the movie’s release as it was too dreadful for many underage children. The sight of Mufasa being trampled in a wildebeest stampede as his son Simba helplessly looks on is such a horrific scene that crying children would be temporarily escorted outside the lobby by their parents.