‘Breaking Dawn’ Director Talks ‘Very Intense’ Gore, Birth Scene

By: Mike Hess / October 13, 2011

'Breaking Dawn' Wedding
What the stars are saying!
If you thought that Breaking Dawn: Part 1 was going to be your run-of-the-mill tween romance movie, think again. Director Bill Condon says that the blood and intensity of the upcoming Twilight film sets it apart from all the others.

Condon tells Box Office Magazine that he thought long and hard about how to handle the “very, very intense” scenes in the movie, adding that unlike a lot of the previous Twilight scenes, this one is “almost like a horror movie.”

He goes on to say that he used David Cronenberg — who’s had a blast with blood and slicing on A History of Violence and Eastern Promises – as a bit of a model on how to make things edgy while still maintaining a teen-safe rating for the film.

“I think within the confines of a PG-13 rating, I think we’ve got something that’s pretty powerful,” Condon said.

The PG-13 rating also had to stay in check with the passionate honeymoon scene, wherein Bella and Edward — played by Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson — participate in some pillow-maiming love. Here’s everything you need to know about the steamy scenes:

So what else does he think fans will eat up in Dawn?

“There’s a whole chunk where you get inside the head of a wolf,” Condon says, referring to Jacob’s (Taylor Lautner) character. Then he gets into the good stuff.

And in terms of the birth, it was, “Let’s do it from Bella’s point of view. Let’s see whatever she can see.” Once you decide on an approach like that, it’s amazing how powerful you can be without being overly explicit. She gets glimpses of a lot of things—and hears everything—but it’s not the cutaway to teeth clawing through flesh. But you certainly know what’s happening.

Dawn comes out nationwide on November 18.