Scream directors discuss the new movie's kills

Amy West
·2-min read
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It wouldn't be a Scream movie without a few memorable death sequences – something that the directors of the fifth instalment, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, are all too aware of.

The twosome have opened up about the challenges of finding new ways to off people within a series that's already featured "so many iconic and amazing kills".

In a new interview with Collider, the Ready or Not filmmakers recalled how they deliberately put pressure on themselves to design things that felt "fresh and original" but also paid homage to the sequel's four predecessors.

"We've really forced ourselves to dig in on every day," Gillett said. "From page to... even the moment you're on set... and you're crafting that specific beat. I think for us, ultimately, what matters the most is that you love those characters and that you feel for those characters.

Photo credit: Dimension Films
Photo credit: Dimension Films

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"So, whatever form or fashion that peril takes, it feels like it really matters because it's hard to watch. It's hard to watch people you love go through some traumatic experience."

Bettinelli-Olpin also explained that they would constantly remind themselves not to make the deaths too enjoyable for the audience, because "you can't have fun with watching someone die".

"[That was] one of the things we got from watching a million Wes Craven interviews," he said. "It has to always be, that's a human being going through something horrible. If it's anything other than that, it becomes farcical and it becomes funny.

Photo credit: Miramax
Photo credit: Miramax

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"That's great in some other franchises, Final Destination comes to mind where it's like, that's what that is. Scream is not that. Scream has to still be about real people. I think that's one of the lessons we got from Wes Craven that has just guided us every step of the way through this."

Scream is set to reunite familiar faces Marley Shelton, David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Sidney Prescott herself Neve Campbell on screen, as well as welcome newbies like Booksmart's Mason Gooding, 13 Reasons Why's Dylan Minnette, The Boys star Jack Quaid and You's Jenna Ortega.

Scream will hit cinemas on January 14, 2022, while Scream (1996) is available now on Amazon Prime and the original trilogy is also on Blu-ray and DVD.

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