Can Hollywood horror films frighten people to death?
It is a story worth narrating in a Kollywood whodunit. A 65-year-old man died on Thursday night while watching horror movie, The Conjuring 2 in a cinema theatre in Tiruvannamalai. As reported by a leading daily, the old man who is a native of Andhra had gone to watch the night show accompanied by his friend at the Sri Balasubramaniar Cinema in town. During the climax scene, he complained of chest pain after which he fainted and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead. The hospital staff asked the other person to take the body to the Tiruvannamalai Government Medical College Hospital for postmortem but he disappeared with the body! The police are still inquiring about the body and are currently investigating the case and talking to lodge owners in Tiruvannamalai to determine the identity of the deceased. According to information available the man was living in an Ashram in the same town. People dying while watching movies is quite a rare phenomenon and surprisingly, the deaths haven’t been only because of horror films. In 1989, a Danish audiologist named Ole Bentzen started laughing so hard during a show of a Hollywood film called A Fish Named Wanda that he hyperventilated and elevated his heart rate to about 200-500 beats per minute. The strain gave him a fatal heart attack as he died in the theatre.