In the latest of what feels like a flurry of unfortunate movie theater incidents, a 24-year-old man in Eugene, Oregon shot himself in the head while taking in a late-night Watchmen screening at a Regal Cinemas. According to a story over KMTR.com -- which was passed to us by Cinematical reader Ian G. -- it was about halfway through the film when theatergoers heard a "popping" noise, and it was shortly after that when the man was discovered in the back of the theater with a gunshot wound to the head. The closest audience member was two rows away, and there were about ten folks total in attendance.
Currently there's no word on why the man chose to bring a gun to the screening of Watchmen and decide to shoot himself halfway through. Was it a completely random decision on his part? Did it have anything to do with the film itself, which spends most of its time dealing with a potential nuclear war? Did a particular shot or scene prove too much for the man, or were his suicidal issues completely separate from the film itself? If any of these questions are answered at a later date, we'll update this post. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
With shootings inside movie theaters becoming more frequent, should metal detectors be added to all theaters or is that taking it too far?