Scream 6 directors respond to backlash over Ghostface change

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Scream 6 directors Tyler Gillet and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin have responded to the backlash over a change in Ghostface's killing style.

Following the release of a teaser trailer in 2022, fans were treated to the full trailer earlier this year, but some fans were unhappy with one detail.

As we see in the trailer, Ghostface chases our protagonists Sam and Tara Carpenter, played by Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega, respectively, through a convenience store in New York with a shotgun.

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Some fans were unhappy to see the inclusion of the weapon as Ghostface typically uses knives and stabbing to kill his victims – though some of the many murdered stars have been killed in other ways.

Speaking of the change in SFX magazine, Bettinelli-Olpin said: "We don't want it to be safe. We don't want it to be boring. We want it to be fun and to raise eyebrows.

"When we heard 'Ghostface in New York and he has a shotgun' it was like: 'What?!' The two feelings of 'What are we doing?' and 'We have to do it!' are often intrinsically tied and that was a perfect example of that."

"There are a tonne of fun, wonderful, classic Ghostface moments, but it's not the pratfalling Ghostface," Gillet added.

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"We love that, but for this to be scary and to achieve a level of visceral tension, we wanted to put the character more in the real world. If Ghostface is trying to get through a door, it's going to happen! There's no giving up. When he's in pursuit, the pursuit doesn't end until he's achieved his goal."

Scream 6 relocates to New York City as Sam and Tara leave Woodsboro, they will be joined by Hayden Panettiere who is returning as Kirby Reed, and Coureney Cox, who is returning as Gale Weathers – the only original cast member to return.

Scream 6 will be out in UK cinemas on March 8 and US cinemas on March 10. Scream is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, or to download and keep. US viewers can also stream the new movie on Paramount+.

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