The extra layers of security, intense on-screen action and the dreaded New York theater case combine to create a hectic experience for some cameramen who visited the Joker over the weekend.
A young man who loudly cheered and applauded the screen murders on Friday night, sending people walking to the crowds at the crowded Manhattan Times Square on Sunday. Other patrons shouted at the man who spat on them when they left early, said Nathanael Hood, who was in the theater.
"I was scared. I'm sure there were many other people," Hood said in a private interview.
Social media users posted photos of police, security services, and security posts in California and Florida theaters. And in Tennessee, a theatrical movie banned filmmakers from wearing costumes to screen the screened "Joker," which earned a record October box office gross of $ 1
Director of the film "Warner Bros." Todd Phillips presents the story of a man who becomes Batman's classic enemy. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, he tries the journey of a troubled man with an astute laugh at the killer
Although Phillips said he hoped the film would inspire discussions about guns, violence and the treatment of people with mental illness, some have struggled. can inspire violence, especially after the mass shootings that killed 12 in a Colorado theater during another Batman movie in 2012.
Hood, who was attending the Joker in the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square in the afternoon, said the breakdown began where the on-screen activities intensified.
"About halfway through, when the Joker began killing people and monologizing how evil was in society, he began to cry loudly and relentlessly for a good minute. People started yelling at him that he was silent, but he continued to clap and yell as if he was mad," said Hood.
The man started clapping and sounding "very loud" again during the climatic shooting, he said, and got "belligerent" when people told him to quit.
"Finally, security came and took him away. He was still interrogating outside the theater when we went out," Hood said. There was a lot of police around the theater.
Another cameraman, Etai Benson, said a loud man was sitting beside him on and pouring a full bottle of alcohol into the drink. "The man's behavior, combined with the on-screen massacre, annoyed people," he said.
"It's most likely a harmless drunk guy, but all the nervousness built around the movie made what happened (on Friday) at night really hectic." In a private interview, Benson said.
A spokesman for AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., an AMC-based movie theater based in Kansas, did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
The FBI informed local police agencies to keep an eye out for potential online threats related to the movie.
Photos posted on social media showed officers and a police dog outside a theater where a Joker was shown in Orlando, Florida, and a police SUV was parked on a sidewalk outside a movie theater in suburban Birmingham.
In Bristol, Tennessee, owner of Twin City Theater, Danny Varden, posted on Facebook that anyone wearing a suit or asked to see the Joker would not be allowed and anyone smuggling smuggling would be asked to leave .
Varden told WJHL-TV that the decision was "common sense" after the film raised fears about its violent content.