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An Accidental Stabbing In Scream Had Skeet Ulrich Experiencing Very Real Pain – SlashFilm

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One of the reasons Ulrich suffered the injury on set is because, as part of the scene, Sidney (played in the shot by a stuntwoman and not Campbell) is wearing one of the Ghostface masks while she attacks Billy, making visibility an issue. During his commentary track for the film, Craven recalled the incident between Ulrich and the umbrella:

“Here’s the inside story on this: Skeet, when he was 10 years old, had open heart surgery, and there’s one place in his chest where there’s a stainless steel wire, where if you touch it, it’s excruciating. And we had him completely padded up on this, so that when he gets stabbed by this collapsing umbrella, he would be protected. And of course, the stuntwoman, because the mask is so difficult to see through, stabs him right on the spot and misses the pad entirely. (…) So it’s a very real reaction.”

There are a few layers of irony here; one, that Ulrich had a single specific place on his body he’d hoped could be avoided, and it wasn’t. Two, that in a movie involving multiple killers doing dirty deeds with various pieces of cutlery, more people weren’t injured from all the various other stabbings and slicings. And three, that despite all those sharp objects present and involved in the narrative, the biggest injury would come courtesy of an umbrella. Though perhaps that last point shouldn’t be too surprising; as any horror fan knows from the likes of, for example, “Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2” and “Turbo Kid,” umbrellas can do a heckuva lot of damage.

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