Top 10 Amazing Audience Reactions

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We’ve all heard of the stories of people who fainted at the sight of something horrific in a new movie (true) as well as the majority people have also heard of the classic story of the crowd that was screaming at the sight of the cinema’s first train speeding toward an empty screen (false). 1 When large numbers of people gather to share a common experience, there’s no way of knowing what could occur, whether at a church service or a film or even an investigation. This list examines the instances when people behaved with a different way as witnessing various incidents.

10. Halloween, 1978


Halloween kicked off the golden period of Slasher films. It is unusual for its genre. has been awarded awards, appreciated by critics and is equally loved forty years after the release date as it was when it was first released. It is possible to say that in a way, it was an early success on the internet, as it heavily relied on word-of-mouth for its success. As you can observe in the above video clip the audience that was not familiar with the slasher genre was much more enthusiastically than we do today. In fact, if were in that audience , I could be tempted to perform an Michael Myers on some of the most raucous scenes!

A fascinating fact about this film is John Carpenter (the director) composed the entire score by himself in only three days. He was influenced by the scores from previous horror films like The Exorcist and Suspira. There is eleven films within the entire Halloween franchise including the most recent one in 2018, which was an exact sequel to the previous one and omits the previous films. Two additional Halloween movies are being planned scheduled for release in the month of the month of October in 2020 as well as 2021. [2]

9. Saw III

This isn’t a list that is solely focused on films, but I feel that the three films I’ve included in this list are deserving of being included here. Saw III was released in 2006 and was thought to be violent. However, on the night of its premiere at Hertfordshire located in United Kingdom, ambulances were called three times in order to assist those who fainted due in the movie. In addition, a man was hospitalized in another city on the same night, so we shouldn’t simply claim that Hertfordshire residents are more fragile than us.

Saw III is interesting in that it’s loved or resentful by people who love the series. It is unusual in that regard. The film was made in 28 days. When they started , they didn’t had a full script! One of the most fascinating aspects of Saw III is that the bathroom that was used in the film was copied from the film’s set Scary Movie 4 that, in turn, was modelled after the bathroom used in the first Saw film. It’s a bizarre meta-scenario. Check out the video above if you’re brave enough. It’s the pig scene , and it’s not pleasant. [3]

8. Playboy of the Western World, 1907


Playboy of the Western World was written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge. It was first staged during 1907 in the Abbey Theatre, in Dublin. The play, which was written controversy-ridden written in Irish English rather than the more popular Gaelic it caused controversy before it was performed due to the plot, in which an individual attempts to kill his father twice while dancing with a crowd of women who have a plethora of morality.

Following the first performance, protests broke out that took over the theater. In the end, the police were called in to stop the rioters. The writer, in a letter to the lady in charge said “It is much better to be in the same situation as that we had last night rather than having your performance being sucked up in half-hearted applause. We’ll soon be the subject of discussion. It’s an important event in the time of Irish theater”. A recording of the show is below for those who be able to comprehend the complicated pronunciation. [4]

7. Miracle Of The Sun, 1917

Three young people from Fatima Portugal were reported to have been experiencing images from the Virgin Mary. They were treated with doubt in a country that was at the moment, in its newly-established, anti-religious initial stage of republican government. The local Bishop looked into the matter and gave a hesitant approval and the children experienced several more visions. The news spread, and the kids (and Fatima) became a heated topic of debate among those that believed in the idea and those who did not.

Then, the children declared that the Virgin they had seen in their visions was scheduled show up in the month of October, and do miraculous acts so that the world could be sure they weren’t lying. The day finally arrived, as did 70,000 witnesses , which included the world’s media that is skeptical. Then the presenters (including media) the miracle happened:

“The disc of the sun did not stay stationary. It was not the glitter of a divine body, for it spun around into itself in a wild spin. And then, at once, we heard a loud crying of pain that rang out from all of the people. The sun, which was whirling in a wildly erratic manner appeared to be loosing itself from the sand and proceed towards the earth like it was threatening to crush us with the immense and fiery force of.”

Reporters who wrote previously negative pieces on Fatima became converts. The event was, in the words of their colleagues, frightening that they believed the world was coming to an end. Three of the children (who passed away in 1919 , and in 1920) were declared saints in 2017. The third one who passed away in 2005 was named to be a Servant of God simultaneously which set the stage towards her to be made a saint. [5]

6. OJ Simpson Verdict, 1995

In 1995, America stood still when the entire nation waited anxiously to find out which verdict was handed down on the lengthy trial of O. J. Simpson for the brutal murder of his wife Nicole Simpson. The above video clip depicts the immediate reaction of the crowd of people who gathered at Times Square watching on the large screen. The response was divided across the racial divide, which was not unexpected given the extremely conflicting character of the case where the defense lawyers attempted to make allegations of racism in order to win. Black Americans generally felt that justice had been served in the case, whereas the whites as well as Hispanic Americans felt the opposite.

In a twist that is a bit bizarre of the story that could only occur within the US justice system, Simpson was found guilty of the crime in an unrelated justice court two years after the fact. He had to settle for forty million dollars as compensation. A further bizarre story, Simpson went on to write a book titled”If I Did It,” that he described as”a “hypothetical” confession. O.J. ended up serving nine years on charges that were not related to each other, including the robbery. He was released in the year 2017. [6]

5. First “Talkie” Films

The day that technology allowed filmmakers to use spoken dialogue in their films They were likely not anticipating the reaction they (universally) received in the form of laughter (and they weren’t comedy films that we’re discussing). The first time they showed Talkie Drama War Nurse by Edgar Selwyn in 1930, the audience responded in an unexpected manner at some of the most moving scenes when an actress is in the suffering of the birth of her child and she shouts “I want my mother!” The audience burst into tears of laughter. The scene continued for a long time, repeating the same scene. Each when an actor spoke, the audience was squealing with laughter.

The reason wasn’t because the actors’ voices were not as good. It wasn’t due to poor acting or bad acting. It was purely because an audience accustomed to film’s silence, was able to find the verbosity of scenes that seemed obvious, and even absurd. It was a complete waste of imaginative mind. It’s one thing utilize spoken language for conversation, but it was quite another to make use of it to express irrelevant and insignificant remarks. One film critic quite cleverly said: “When the screen became audible it made silence the principal element of screen art.” 7The screen became audible.

4. Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle is perhaps the most famous instance of an audience response that grew far beyond her physical location She became a global phenomenon because of her use of the Internet following her audition for a spot in the third season of the British show Britain’s Got Talent.

The first time she appeared was as an unassuming Scottish 47-year-old female “currently unemployed but still looking”. The opening of this performance is exactly as one would expect, somewhat satirical–a method used by media to create more dramatic contrast (and also a greater likelihood of being viral) between the before and after scenarios. Yes, there’s an element of manipulation in the making of her fame, but there’s no doubt about it that she has a wonderful voice.

In Youtube her audition garnered 2.5 million views within her first two days and the following day she made the top pages of Digg and Reddit. Not the kind of audience you’d imagine to love an older Scottish feline-loving gray-haired lady. She competed as one of the contestants for America’s Got Talent: The Champions which she was a part of the top 12, but was eliminated. [8]

3. Cleansed, 2016

Cleansed is a stage play written by English writer Sarah Kane who killed herself in 1999 after hanging herself with shoelaces from a toilet in a hospital. It’s a tragic but beautiful ending when you think about the style of her writing and the motivation behind this particular entry to the top of the list. Cleansed tells the story of a university operated by a sadistic madman. The tale is full of the most delightful things like forced sexual sodomy using an iron pole as well as a character who’s tongue is torn out, and an involuntary gender surgical reassignment. There’s also a little of throat slashing and even suicide.

It’s not surprising that when the play was staged in the year 2016 on stage at the National Theatre in London it caused five people to fall over in horror , and over forty people left in a state of dismay. In contrast to the majority of shows on this list, which are mostly affecting the audience The actors in the play have also reported the experience as “very strange nightmares where very extreme events take place”.

The play’s theater critic John Gross sardonically wrote: “The play is miserable stuff–which is not to say, current fashions being what they are, that I can’t foresee Sarah Kane enjoying a successful career.” And I’m sure she will . . . move over Shakespeare.[9]

2. The Exorcist, 1973

The Exorcist was made and released during a turbulent period in the history of the religion it depicts as it is the Roman Catholic Faith. In 1973, the consequences of the reforms that were made during the 2nd Vatican council began to be evident. The film also makes subtle references to the character of the father Karras who finds himself a councillor in an interminable list of priests who are who are losing their religious beliefs, but starts to lose his personal. The desecration of churches under the supposedly-benevolent eye of Pope Paul VI, in which altars were stripped and statues destroyed, is also reflected in some metaphorical way by the desecration scene in the film.[10]

This was the context for the release of which is still until today, one of the most horrific artistic manifestations of the evil power. If you’ve seen it, you’ll not forget the head-spinning or the brutal stabbing of the crucifix. It’s a wonder that the young actress portraying Regan (Linda Blair) was able to have no idea what was going on during.

The audience at the time responded in the same way you’d imagine. They cried, they fainted and fled the theaters. They were so popular and well-known were the reactions to seeing faces of the Devil in the large screen that ambulances were placed in a few theaters. The word spread and the wait times to see the film were unlike anything previously seen. Similar reactions were also seen in the 2000s when the film was re-released the film. The above video shows actual footage of the reactions.

1. The Rite Of Spring, 1913

The premiere to the dance The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky resulted in a shocking audience reaction, violent riots. In fact, they were extremely violent that the performance was halted and the orchestra was forced to leave! Stravinsky was at the forefront of contemporary art in classical music . the composer decided to portray the beauty of spring in a way that no person had ever done before. In order to do this Stravinsky focuses on pagan rituals that represented the pain of a new born.

The premiere was remarkable. The music was composed by the most famous 20th century composer. Additionally, costume and set were created and created by Nicholas Roerich, for whom was named”the” Roerich Pact which asserts that the “protection of culture always has precedence over any military necessity.” The ballet was choreographed and choreographed by famous ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (though Stravinsky himself was not a fan of the dances he composed). For those who love classic arts, this was essentially the second appearance of Jesus Christ!

For the audiences of the time it was too much. it was, in fact two years prior to the time when the world was partially in a state of utter oblivion because of the conflict. Stravinsky’s score received laughs of ridicule at the first notes of the bassoon solo but the laughter morphed into laughter and eventually to chaos by the time the piece was in its first movement,”The Augusturs Of Spring. The vibrant costumes and sets paired with the strange writhing and thumping of ballerinas ballet dancers to the loud sound of the movement was just too excessive.

The work is now widely regarded by many as being one of the most important pieces of classical 20th century music. It’s a fact! The above video begins just as the riots would have started. Take it in an eye of someone who only heard of such things as Swan Lake to be ballet and you’ll find it shocking. [11]

JFK Assassination Announced, 1963

Thank you to reader HM8432 who in his comments suggested this video as an added bonus. “On November 22 in 1963, during an event of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conductor Erich Leinsdorf delivers the news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination before the audience who are shocked. Leinsdorf declares the orchestra is going to perform”the Funeral March from Beethoven’s third Symphony.” [1212

The audience’s gasps are awe-inspiring, and the staging that follows the Beethoven funeral march is truly touching in its dignity. It’s a terrible moment, not just for all of the United States of America, but for the free world as all.

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