Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fearnet: David Slade on ‘Eclipse’ Decapitations and What Scared the MPAA

Was there a discernable transition making the jump from your earlier, R-rated genre work to the Twilight franchise?

It wasn’t that hard. We have like six decapitations in Eclipse! We smash people’s heads off, bite people’s heads off, I mean — I was amazed we got the rating we did, the MPAA only threw back one thing: we had this one part in the battle where Emmet just tears someone’s face off. The face kind of breaks off into pieces of crystal that shatter. I was like, ‘Whoa, yeah!’ But the MPAA said ‘No, you can’t do that.’ So the shot’s still in there, but you don’t see the face come off, you just see little bits of stuff breaking off.

One of my favorite scenes in Eclipse is Bella’s nightmare. It’s a very dark, nightmarish scenario in which a vision of Jasper looks directly into the camera and comes for the audience.

That was our first day of shooting! I remember that, it was halfway through the very first day of principal shooting.

Considering your genre-specific fan base, how would you like non-Twilight fans to approach the Twilight franchise?

With an open mind. But it is a Twilight film, no doubt. It’s a Twilight film; it’s definitely based on the Twilight material. It’s not an R-rated movie, it is a PG-13 movie. [Pauses] But I do believe it is probably the most violent of all of them.
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