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Man cheering, applauding on-screen deaths in ‘Joker’ leaves some unsettled

Some movie-goers in Security, New York were left frightened after an unsettling incident during a screening of “Joker” on its opening weekend.

A young man who was loudly cheering and applauding on-screen murders caused some patrons to head for the exits in a crowded theater in Manhattan’s Time Square on Friday night, reports ABC News.

Nathanael Hood, who was in the theater at the time, told ABC News that other audience members yelled at the man to be quiet. He also spit on people as they left early.

“I was scared. I’m sure a lot of other people were,” Hood said in an interview conducted by private messages.

Hood said that the disruption began when the on-screen action grew more intense.

“About halfway through when Joker started killing people and monologuing about how society is evil he started clapping really loudly and incessantly for a good minute. People started yelling for him to shut up, but he kept clapping and cheering like mad,” Hood said.

The man began clapping and cheering loudly during an on-screen gunfight and became “belligerent” when others told him to stop, reported ABC News.

Hood says that security eventually came to escort the man out of the theater.

Another patron, Etai Benson, told ABC News that he had been seated beside the disruptive man. Benson said he had witnessed the man pour what appeared to be a full bottle of alcohol into a drink.

“This was most likely a harmless drunk guy, but all the nervousness built around the film made what happened [Friday] night really unsettling,” Benson said in an interview conducted by private messages.

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