Scream star Melissa Barrera reveals just how close she came to getting stabbed for real when filming her hospital fight-scene with Ghostface.
Scream star Melissa Barrera has revealed that she was almost stabbed for real on set when shooting her encounter with Ghostface. The fifth entry in the meta-horror franchise has so-far enjoyed a strong financial and critical reception, with Scream being the first movie to knock Spider-Man: No Way Home off its pedestal as number 1 at the box office. Following a group of horror-fanatic teenagers who are pursued by a new killer donning the iconic spectral mask, the film introduces new characters to the series in addition to bringing back former protagonists from past Scream movies to face off against the hooded slasher once again.
Starring alongside Barrera, Scream‘s impressive cast also features Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, and Jack Quaid, with Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton, and Neve Campbell reprising their roles from previous films. However, the road to Scream has been anything but an easy one. Following the death of Wes Craven in 2015, development on a fifth Scream remained in limbo for some time, as Craven was seen as integral to the franchise and its success. Uncertainty of the film’s future was further exacerbated by the closing of The Weinstein Company in 2018, which had backed Scream 4 and were set to fund two more installments. But it was Spyglass Media Group who eventually came to the film’s rescue when they acquired the rights to the franchise in November 2019, allowing production on Scream to finally move forward.
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Speaking in an interview with THR, Barrera details her experience working on the hit slasher film, from her reaction to reading the script for the first time to her relationship with costar Jenna Ortega. When questioned about her hospital showdown with Ghostface at the start of the film, Barrera relates an unexpectedly concerning anecdote revealing just how close the scene came to becoming that much more real. Prefacing the story by explaining how a mixture of rubber and real knives were used throughout the shoot, the star then goes on to describe her shocking encounter:
So we were doing a part of that sequence where I was on one side of a round table and he was on the other, doing stabs across the table to try and reach me. Well, during one of those stabs, the knife flew out of his hand and hit the window right behind me. And it was a real knife! And everyone got so freaked out. Luckily, it went a little off to the side, away from me. But from then on, they had to glue the knife to the glove so that it didn’t happen anymore. But poor Keith [Ward], our stunt guy, was mortified. I felt so bad for him. I was like, “I’m fine!” And they were like, “Yeah, but it could’ve gone really, really wrong. Imagine if you would’ve gotten stabbed with a flying knife!” So that was my first experience with Ghostface.
Barrera, a devoted fan of Scream, also reveals how she performed almost all of her fight choreography for the film herself, despite the initial hesitancy of the production crew. This devotion to the role rewarded the actor with an injured wrist after falling on it approximately 50 times while shooting her struggle with Ghostface. Despite her close-shave and injuries, however, Barrera goes on to praise directors Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett for creating “such an incredible environment to shoot this movie“, as well as claiming that “there’s nothing I would rather do” than return to the role of Sam in future Scream installments.
This is certainly not the first time the franchise has had a near-miss when shooting its brutal fight scenes, and many devoted fans of the series will no doubt note that Barrera’s encounter has a strange similarity to Skeet Ulrich’s injury in the original Scream. But it’s clear that Barrera has in no way been put-off by her narrow escape, and her keen enthusiasm to return to the role of Sam is testament to just how pleasant an experience filming evidently was for the cast. And whilst the success of Scream has certainly made the franchise’s future prospects much more promising, it may be safely relied-upon that the producers of any further installments will want to ensure that there are no more flying-knife fiascoes going forward.
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