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Henry Winkler Reflects on Challenges of Shooting His Death Scene in SCREAM

In Couch Surfing, a new series from the folks at People, actors reminisce about iconic roles and/or films they’ve starred in. Their most recent installment features Henry Winkler (the Fonz from Happy Days) discussing the challenges of shooting his death scene in Wes Craven’s Scream (released in 1996). He played Woodsboro High’s Principal Himbry.

Here’s what he told the show’s host:

“This one shot, with the bad guy with the mask coming into my eyeball, it took two hours to shoot. As he was stabbing me, Wes, in his professorial way, came up and he said, ‘Do you think it might be more excruciating? Do you think being stabbed you would scream a little louder?’ I said I could do that. Then, because I had tubes going up my clothes, coming out my shirt, out of my chest, they filled it back up [with fake blood], and then I screamed much louder.”

You can check out the interview in it’s entirity, HERE.

DescriptionWes Craven re-invented and revitalized the slasher-horror genre with this modern horror classic, which manages to be funny, clever and scary, as a fright-masked knife maniac stalks high-school students in middle-class suburbia. Craven is happy to provide both tension and self-parody as the body count mounts – but the victims aren’t always the ones you’d expect.

Wes Craven directed Scream from a screenplay penned by Kevin Williamson; the films stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette.