Ken AshfordPopular Culture2 Comments

Yeah.  I’ve been sucked in by the trailers, and like many, this is an action movie I actually kinda wanted to see.  But now that it’s out, I keep reading this a lot:

Cloverfield" is the first adrenaline-pumping monster hit of the year, bringing in more than $40 million dollars on its opening weekend. The thriller is told from the point of view of five young New Yorkers using their handheld camera. But for some viewers, being "part" of the movie is making them sick — literally.

One blogger on the popular movie database said, "I had to get up and leave the theater for nearly 20 minutes just to keep from hurling." Other moviegoers have reported being nauseated and dizzy.

Most viewers are unaffected by the film, but for those who are, experts say the problem is in their heads.

"This is a classic case of vertigo," said Dr. Michael G. Stewart, chairman of otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat medicine) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center. "You can look around and feel like things are moving, when they aren’t."

I’m not sure if the movie promoters will consider that good publicity, or bad.

UPDATE:  And look out.  There’s more movies being made from a "handheld" perspective:

UPDATE:  Cloverflu hits Emily (see comments)