For those of you who didn’t make it to the theater over the weekend to see “Scream 4,” stop reading now — we don’t want to spoil anything! For everyone else, MTV News thought it would be fun to find out the cast’s favorite death scenes in the new slasher pic, along with some technical insight from director Wes Craven.
And because there are so many gruesome offings from which to choose, the results of our little poll are all over the map, despite some persuasive campaigning by Anthony Anderson.
“I think the one that freaked me out the most, her name is Marielle in real life — Marielle’s death,” Emma Roberts said, choosing the bloody demise of Marielle Jaffe’s character, Olivia Morris. “It’s one of the first, and she’s the popular girl, but she gets massacred. Totally just done.
“That, to me, was the freakiest, because she’s running around her room, and they keep stabbing her and stabbing her,” she added. “I guess what freaks me out the most with all the deaths is the sound effects. When you’re doing it, it’s like a retractable knife and there’s fake blood squirting out, but when you have that sound effect, it totally adds another level of horror to the scene.”
Adam Brody’s favorite death involved the special cameos from Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin.
“I thought that was one of the more surprising ones,” he said, before pointing to his co-star Anthony Anderson. “And then he’s got a fantastic, dragged-out [scene].”
“Yeah, I’m going to say the black guy’s death in this movie is great,” Anderson joked. “I’m not going to say who it is, though, but the black guy’s death in this movie. NAACP Image Award contention. We’re going to go beyond Oscar and Emmy and Golden Globe; we’re going to go straight to the Image Awards.”
When asked how many takes it took to get that one just right, Brody and Anderson joked that there was a lot of work to it.
“I think they really worked that scene,” Anderson said. “They shot that from all kinds of angles.”
“[There were] 30 cameras,” Brody added.
“Yeah, 30 cameras,” Anderson agreed, continuing the joke. “And some of it was the super slo-mo stuff, so yeah, the black guy.”
Interestingly enough, when we mentioned Anderson’s epic death scene to Craven, he revealed that the drawn-out aspect wasn’t originally in the script but inspired by a real-life medical emergency.
“That wasn’t in the script,” Craven said. “I did it without announcing it to the studio. I was hoping that they didn’t fire me the next day,” he recalled with a chuckle.
“It was written that the killer just comes in and pins him to the seat,” Craven explained. “I had seen this thing on television, this documentary about somebody being stabbed right through the head and they actually showed the X-ray … and the guy walked into the emergency room, so I thought it would be extraordinary if somebody was stabbed in the head and still be alive for a while.”
The fact that Anderson was campaigning for his death scene to be named the best won over co-star David Arquette. “I do love a good Anthony Anderson death scene,” he laughed. “He was a little zombie-like. There was a moment of ’Night of the Living Dead’ [in there].”
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