Top 10 Cut Movie Scenes that Should Be Put Back In
5. The human sacrifice scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Source: Universal Studios
I hate it when some snooty film buff proclaims that the “movie was so much better than the book.” The only time that I don’t immediately punch them in the testicles is when they are talking about this movie.
It’s not that Terry Gilliam and friends didn’t do a fine job putting together this awesome homage to the late Hunter S. Thompson’s greatest work, but it did leave out some defining parts that made the book a classic piece of adventurous satire. Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo corner a vice agent in a bar and relay a real horror story of drug enforcement about a pair of junkies who murder a girl in a McDonald’s parking lot as part of a bizarre, drug-fueled religious sacrifice and pretty much shake the officer’s foundation to his core.
Why Should It Have Stayed?: Duke and Gonzo’s entire goal at this drug enforcement convention is to cause as much chaos as possible without alerting the authorities or getting themselves into trouble. In other words, classic Hunter. Losing that key scene in the movie disrupts that destructive flow of rebellion. Thankfully, it didn’t completely disappear. It’s still there in the opening scene in some form when you can hear the guy on the phone describing the same scene as Raoul tries to keep his acid-filled head from falling off his shoulders.
4. The bathtub scene from The Seven Year Itch
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Just about every movie featuring Marilyn Monroe came with the thin hope that the sexually repressed 1950s male would get to see an inch of flesh. The classic Seven Year Itch has plenty of moments like that, but the audience really missed out on one that would have carried them through to the end of the millennium.
A brief deleted scene featured the bombshell stuck in a soapy bathtub with one of her dainty toes stuck in the faucet. It’s not only hot because she’s soaking and naked, but it makes her look twice as ditzy due to her failure to grasp the concept of basic plumbing.
What Should It Have Stayed?: Because you have a penis.
3. The sex scene with the dead guy from Alien
Source: 20th Century Fox
If you are one of those people who always get complaints about being too cheery in the office and can’t afford Quaaludes, just watch Alien alone on a Saturday night. Drinking a lot also helps.
Apparently, this very dark but classic sci-fi horror film actually had a moment of levity that didn’t even make it into principal filming. Ripley reaches the end of her feminine tether and turns to Dallas for a bit of “spacial docking,” but the mood is killed when they discover Kane’s lifeless and bloodied body floating by the window.
Why Should It Have Stayed?: “Alien” is great, but it’s basically one human after another getting shown what their intestines look like in the vacuum of space. It sure could’ve used a joke. I would have been happy with a simple “Boing” sound effect as the chestburster jumped out of Kane’s ribcage.
2. The beehive scene from The Wizard of Oz
Source: Warner Bros.
The Wizard of Oz is cool and all, but it’s definitely a girl movie. Every time the thing comes on television during a holiday, my mother and sister have to immediately stop what they’e doing so they can watch it and sing along to it. Sometimes when I’m trying to block out the sounds of my chirpy mom and baby sister, I’m secretly wishing that the Munchkin Coroner’s death certificate was for me.
But one scene could have made the movie a lot cooler and more tolerable. When the Wicked Witch of the West appears on the top of the cottage in the Haunted Forest, she does a lot more than try to set the Scarecrow on fire. She actually turns the Tin Man into a giant human beehive of death.
Why Should It Have Stayed?: The Wizard of Oz is actually a very dark and dismal tale of oppression. There are numerous cuts that turned the movie into a giant ball of squishy happiness and this is just one of them. It’s the one movie where a bottle of Absinthe left in the editing room could’ve done a world of good.
1. The lesbian love scene from Basic Instinct
Source: TriStar Pictures
This film was supposed to include a lesbian sex scene featuring the film’s sultry femme fatale Sharon Stone, but the film was eventually cut as part of a massive editing campaign to get the film down to an R-rating. Between this scene being left on the cutting room floor and ticket prices, I’m still amazed that every movie theater has not been burned to the ground.
Why Should It Have Stayed?: Because your penis still hasn’t forgiven you.