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Slashed and Burned

Wes Craven has a lot to say about the making of the film on the special features

Wes Craven has a lot to say about the making of his scary success on the laserdisc for Scream, which features a director's cut and bonus audio tracks. The janitor with Henry Winkler is Craven; now we learn he's wearing Freddy Krueger's costume from the original Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven points out each shot deleted from the original R-rated release: a flash of Drew Barrymore's boyfriend's entrails, the first time she's knifed, the scene in which she hangs from a tree (Craven cut every other frame to shorten it), and a close-up of costar Rose McGowan's head being crushed by a garage door. Total time: 20 seconds. As for those references to the ''Richard Gere gerbil stories,'' Craven notes, ''I got calls from agents saying, 'You'll never work again if you leave that in.'''

Originally posted Sep 05, 1997 Published in issue #395 Sep 05, 1997 Order article reprints

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