15 sci-fi movies so intense they literally made people sick

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 17, 2012

Since the birth of cinema, filmmakers have been trying to shock their audiences with sights and sounds they've never seen before—and, in some cases, never wanted to see. Ridley Scott's Prometheus is just the latest in a long line of movies that have moved viewers to physical illness and, believe it or not, death.

Some of these tales are well-reported, and others are merely Hollywood legend, but they all speak to a truth: There are some filmmakers who seem to have found the sound + image equivalent of a control panel for the human body and can make it heave, shudder or power down.