8 Lost Movie Scenes That Were Found Years Later
In film, it’s always better to have more footage than you need so that when you’re in that edit suite, you have plenty of options when it comes to the tough decisions about that final edit.
Certain decisions, made for a number of reasons, often leave entire scenes, sequences, or alternate endings to movies on the cutting room floor. The ensuing interviews and hearsay, however, sometimes give these missed moments a second life. Although they have been cut – and maybe even because they had been cut – they acquire a strange attraction, a wonder of what could have been.
In the heyday of the DVD format’s youth, “deleted scenes” were some of the most exciting words you could see on a box, and special features like this made many of us repurchase movies to witness footage we’ve never seen before.
“I can finally see that moment I’ve been hearing about for years!”
Some movies had to wait decades for that moment, and some didn’t have the luxury at all because their extra footage was lost, probably in an unlabeled closet in a dusty studio backlot somewhere until a brave soul decides to dig into the archives.
As such, the following deleted scenes from the movies were ones we thought would never see the light of day.
As wonderful as the original Ghostbusters movie was, there was always one scene that seemed to come out of nowhere. There’s no other way to describe it than the “Ray’s Ghost Blowjob” scene where, during the mid-film edit, Dan Aykyroyd dreams of receiving pleasure from a ghostly figure.
Turns out it’s because it was part of a longer sequence that was ultimately cut from the film for pacing. In later years, the film crew mentioned that it came from a scene where Ray and fellow ghost hunter Winston visited the haunted military post of Fort Detmerring. The Ghostheads, as they’re affectionately known, have wondered about the full streak for years.
In 2017, 33 years after the film’s release, Ghost Corps (Sony’s division for Ghostbusters projects) announced that they had found the tape containing the scene. It was later released for the 35th anniversary release.
It’s immediately clear why it was cut, being a slow, shallow sequence that doesn’t really seem to belong. As nice as it may seem to see these classic characters in new footage, director Ivan Reitman chose to fit some of them into the final cut of the film as a quick gag, rather than an entire sequence, turned out. to be a stroke of genius.