Much like a bad haircut, movies undergo plenty of work before they end up on our screens, cut and changed repeatedly until they’re happy with the final product. Whilst they might have been perfectly fine to begin with, people can’t help seeing what would happen if they just tweaked a little more, and more, and more, until the end result is something unrecognisable. Then you’re just left bald and regretful, and cold when there’s a breeze.
In movie terms then, these scenes are the eclectic range of hats that you can put on to see something a little different. Some are garish cowboy stetsons, some are nice woolly beanies, and some are those horrible multicolour spinning ones you always see on kids at theme parks. But enough about all that nonsense.
These deleted moments could have changed everything about the films we know and love. Whether they’re funny clips that transform your view of a character, plot points that switch up an entire movie’s worth of build up, or simple sections that would have offered a little more depth and humour to classic sequences – these are the moments that filmmakers thought it best we live without. But who are they to tell us what to do?
8. Back To The Future – Time Travel Makes You Gay…?
The Back to the Future franchise is generally regarded as fun for all the family. There’s nothing too risque, good triumphs evil, and any real peril can be undone with a flying car. Yes, that’s what we’ve come to know and love – but none of that exists in this scene. Where can we get our own DeLorean to take us back in time before we saw this monstrosity?
Featuring in the first film, in which Marty McFly travels back to the 50s and has to make sure his parents fall in love or he’ll cease to exist, some movie magic was worked to cut out this moment. Going to Doc Brown for encouragement before meeting his young and attractive teenage mother, Marty expresses some concerns about “feeling up his mom”, ick, and speculates if the whole experience will make him gay. Oh dear.
In a film thats supposed to be enjoyable for everyone, watching it with this scene in now might have sent the film down a far more dated path. “Taking a few liberties” with a girl, especially one’s own mother, that then “screws him up permanently” by being gay isn’t exactly the most politically correct way of going about things.
7. Jaws – Clarinet Torment
Maybe this film wouldn’t be changed so much by this scene. Or maybe it would. To be honest, it’s just a blessing it exists. Depicting the eccentric and mysterious shark hunter Quint as he enters a music store, it can be argued that this deleted scene was an early piece of foreshadowing to show just how difficult the guy would be to get along with: and quite how much he values properly played orchestral pieces. Or something.
Serving to torment an aspiring musician as he practises on a clarinet in store, Quint stands behind him and aggressively hum-shouts the notes to Ode to Joy until the boy fumbles and gives up. It’s pretty hilarious, and would have been a delightfully random moment in the seminal shark thriller. Alas, it didn’t make the final cut, and instead lurks on special edition DVDs. If only this was used as the infamous Jaws theme…
Truth be told, it’s a good thing it was taken out, as this introduction to Quint might be funny, but his gruff entry to the film during a squabble over who will deal with the shark situation is far more effective. With this and the plastic shark, it might have been a bit too much camp for one film to take.
6. High Fidelity – Records For Sale
High Fidelity is truly a movie for music lovers – portraying life for a bunch of guys running a records store that judge every customer that comes in rather than actually selling them any music. Sounds about right for most vinyl collectors.
Of course, it’s also a romantic comedy, exploring love and loneliness against the backdrop of Rob Gordon’s (John Cusack) passion for music. In this deleted scene, Rob proves just how deep that passion runs, perusing a scorned wife’s (Beverly D’Angelo) vinyl collection that she’s selling for her husband. Resulting in a touching back and forth between the two, it’s a sweet moment, but maybe not one that had a place in the film.
Still though, the movie could have been all the better for it considering quite how eye-popping the collection is, and the choices that Rob makes to define his character.
On the other hand, potentially getting his entire living dream’s worth of records in one go could change his outlook irrevocably; as what is there to aspire to if you have everything you want, or even could have had it all but chose not to? Maybe questions too big to answer.
5. Aliens – Ripley’s Daughter
Ever wonder why Ripely barely bats an eyelid after learning about her daughter’s death during her time in stasis? Well, it turns out she had time to process her grief in a moment earlier on in the film, but it was taken out before the final movie hit our screens.
Ripley’s development into a more feminine role and obvious maternal instinct towards Newt comes as a stark change to the almost genderless crew member in the original movie; and this scene functions as a heart-breaking way of introducing the film’s themes. It humanises the woman that’s been turned into a weapon, and perhaps explains her actions a little more deeply throughout the events of the movie. Showing her vulnerable and obviously upset by what’s happened to her may be spelling this out too clearly however, and the film does a far better job of showing rather than telling overall.
In all honesty though, it’s just a bit sad. No-one wants to see Sigourney Weaver cry, you monsters.
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