All of Netflix Fear street The trilogy is now available to stream and it’s a bloodthirsty throwback to the slasher movies of yore. Scream, Halloween, Friday 13: they are all influences. We’ll have a full trilogy spoiler review after the weekend once everyone has had time to catch up on the third and final installment, The Street of Fear, Part 3: 1666. In the meantime, we spoke with the director Leigh Janiak, and you might be surprised at some of the other influences she cites: The Goonies, Terrence Malick, and …Kmart?
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Break the death of the bread slicer and its Kmart connection
Death of characters is an inevitable part of any slasher movie, but The Street of Fear, Part 1: 1994 manages to stage a particularly memorable moment using a bread slicer in a supermarket. Skull Mask Slayer Feeds Kate (Julia Rehwald) through the slicer head first. That’s the experience most of us go through every time we visit Kmart, isn’t it?
“The stuff of life. The place of backup. Great brands, great value. Death by bread slicer. Kmart.
In our interview with Janiak, courtesy of Danielle Ryan, the director checked the name several times, Mart said, explaining how she once worked there. Find out what she had to say about the slicer’s death, below.
DR: So, first of all, I wanted to ask you just because it’s been going through my head since I saw the first movie. All three movies have some really gnarly kills, but the one that stands out is the Bread Slicer Death of 1994. So I was wondering if you could tell me where it came from, what gave you this whole idea and how you carried it out.
LJ: I think part of the reason I love the slasher subgenre is to find crazy ways to kill people. So that was obviously something that me and my fellow screenwriters, as we discovered the movies, always thought about. And then if we go back very far, I think the most nascent idea for that came when I was a teenager, I was working in a Super Kmart. I grew up in Ohio, a suburb east of Cleveland, and one summer I took a job on Super Kmart Third Team. I went there around 9:00 p.m. and worked until about 7:00 a.m. because I’m a night person. I think the time I spent in this grocery store all night… I just remember seeing all these weird people and coming up with these crazy ideas, and I loved the idea of taking back the spaces suburbs and destroy them in some way. It made sense that when we put our kind of first movie finale at the grocery store, I was looking around for items that we could use.
It is in a way the origin of the bread slicer. The filming was crazy because we knew that obviously there would be effects that were going to completely enhance the experience, but Julia who played Kate, she really got to a next level performance with just that very organic, real, la raw terror and fear. His screams were so disturbing even when we were filming, which isn’t scary when you are filming a horror movie. You have lights everywhere, people everywhere, but the emotion in her voice was so intense that we ended up using it, kind of like making it go through the speakers when we were shooting other scenes in the grocery store to keep Kiana [Madeira] and Olivia [Scott Welch] somehow engaged with what was going on with their friends and everyone else.
the Fear street trilogy is currently streaming on Netflix. Check the Kmart.com store locator for the ‘mart closest to you. No bread slicers, other products or services have been provided by Kmart for the writing of this article.
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