Films are a rite of passage for people who want to take a break from their busy lives and enjoy a fun and relaxing experience. From science fiction movies to 3D movies, there are many ways to experience the world of cinema. As a more engaging cinema experience becomes increasingly popular, certain concerns regarding photosensitivity are increasing. This is particularly in movies with flashing images and throbbing light effects as it may affect the risk of seizures.
When it comes to epilepsy, everyone is different and what may trigger a seizure in one person may not in another. However, here are a few examples of movies that have been known to contain flashing lights or intense visual effects that could possibly trigger a seizure in some individuals.
The Matrix (1999)
This science fiction action movie contains various scenes showing computer-generated special effects and intense action scenes. Moreover, there are numerous scenes including fast-paced fight scenes with flashing lights and strobe effects.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
The fantasy fiction movie from the Harry Potter franchise has intense scenes with rapidly changing visual effects and flashing lights. There are many fast-moving fighting scenes accompanied by a flurry of flashing lights during magical battles.
Final Destination (Full Series)
The Final Destination series contains a lot of horrors and disturbing scenes with special effects. There are also a lot of jump scares, scenes of sudden violence, and extreme cutting-edge stuff.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
This dystopian crime film features scenes with flashing lights, including sequences of violence. Crime films like these often have major extremely violent scenes and simulated torture which might be sensitive to people living with epilepsy.
Inception is a science fiction film that features scenes with fast-paced and rapidly changing visual effects. This movie has numerous scenes including simulated dream sequences with throbbing lights and intense action scenes.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
This animated movie has various scenes filled with tons of strobes and flashing lights that can potentially trigger some viewers living with epilepsy.
Some movies, such as 300, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, Saw, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Tomb Raider, contain intense fighting scenes and bright lights that can affect one’s photosensitivity. This could lead to a seizure in individuals with epilepsy.
This non-narrative documentary film has a lot of fast-paced montage scenes featuring exotic landscapes and cultural rituals. A lot of scenes also contain flashing lights and strobe effects which might be triggering.
Dreams Of Life (2011)
Among various flashing lights and strobe effects scenes, this documentary features video footage and fast-paced montages of photographs.
Cosmic Zoom (1968)
This short documentary features rapid zooming into and out of astronomical objects, including stars and galaxies, and could potentially trigger an episode.
It’s imperative to keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. Other movies and documentaries not mentioned here may also contain flashing lights and intense visual effects that could trigger a seizure in some individuals. To know more about photosensitive epilepsy and other types of epilepsy, visit our blog. You may also like to read our blog on movies to watch if you have epilepsy and books that are great at explaining the condition to kids.