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Grim Scary Tale

Is ''Final Destination 2'' TOO gory? Not if you ask director David Ellis, who is happy to give his audience exactly what it wants

Final Destination 2, A.J. Cook, ... | 'DESTINATION' UNKNOWN New face A.J. Cook (top left) appears alongside Ali Larter in Ellis' ''Final Destination 2''
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'DESTINATION' UNKNOWN New face A.J. Cook (top left) appears alongside Ali Larter in Ellis' ''Final Destination 2''

Sure, most of the nubile teen cast met their maker in ''Final Destination,'' but that hasn't stopped New Line from creating a sequel to the horror film that put the fear back in flying. This time around, a group of strangers is stalked by death following a near miss traffic accident. EW.com talked to director David R. Ellis, 50, who recently worked on ''The Matrix Reloaded'' and ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' as a second unit helmer, about his gory sequel, Helen Hunt's cell phone, and why the Wachowski brothers are going to make bullet time look like greasy kid stuff with the ''Matrix'' sequels.

''Final Destination 2'' features a smorgasbord of gore: People get impaled, set on fire, and sliced into pieces like lunchmeat. Jeez, could you spare us nothing?
It's sick. I look at it, and I go, God, that's just not right. But we decided that if we were going to do it, then do it. And that meant showing the gore instead of cutting away from it. We had no problems with the ratings board at all. Really, it's kind of sick that they'll let you show all that stuff.

How'd you shoot that scene where the guy is sliced into pieces by a flying barbed wire fence?
It wasn't CGI, just green screen. We puppeted the body so his head and arms were the actual actor and then the rest of him was in a green suit, to make it invisible. So as he fell over, the rest of his body, which was actually made by a special effects house in Vancouver, stood there.

And you even slipped in a topless girl. Many a 17-year-old boy will thank you.
And older boys, as well. That was totally gratuitous. New Line said, ''We've got to do that for the kids,'' and I said, ''Oh really? Okay, great.''

It seems that there have been fewer horror films in theaters since Sept. 11. Is it tougher to get these films produced now?
I think people have to be more sensitive. Well, we weren't, but if you look at kids' video games, this film is nothing. The desire to see this type of media is still there. We knew who our audience was and tried to give them what they wanted. And so far, based on audience testing, people like this film a lot better than the first one.

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