Friday the 13th Part 2 (found deleted scenes from horror film; 1981)
The film's unused theatrical poster
Date found: 13 Oct 2020
Found by: Shout! Factory
The 1981 cult classic horror movie Friday the 13th Part 2 was submitted a total of 8 times to the MPAA, being given each time an X rating. 48 seconds of violent shots were subsequently trimmed for the theatrical release. In addition, at least two scenes were shot but never included in the final cut of the film.
- An additional closeup of the head in Alice's refrigerator was cut. Additionally, Alice's death scene was longer and more graphic, showing an icepick exiting through her face.
- Crazy Ralph's death lingers longer as he slowly dies from being strangled.
- The scene where Jason kills a policeman is extended.
- The slit throat effect for Scott was considerably longer with a lot more bloodletting.
- Mark's death shows the initial impact of the machete hitting his face before he falls backwards in his wheelchair.
- Perhaps most infamous of all, the double impalement scene originally showed a spear penetrating both Jeff and Sandra in graphic detail. A still of this scene was published in Fangoria before the movie was released and later reused as a picture on the back cover of a VHS release. The uncut footage shows the impact of the spear, more reaction shots, and much more gore effects.
- Vicki's death shows more footage of her leg wound and lingers longer on her dying. The uncut shot ends with the camera panning over to Jeff's corpse.
Additional Cut Scenes
A scene was also cut at the end of the movie where the mummified head of Jason's mother head opens her eyes and smiles in freeze-frame before the credits roll; this was cut as the Director Steve Miner decided it lessened the movie's impact.
Actress Marta Kober had lied about her age before filming a sex scene that involved full-frontal nudity. When Paramount discovered this, her sex scene was severely trimmed.
In addition to all the uncut footage, Fullerton's tape also contained effects-heavy footage from the ending that doesn't appear to have been censored in the theatrical release. These scenes include Jason jumping through a window to attack Ginny and a closeup on Mrs. Voorhees' head.
Fans for a long time had clamoured for a fully uncut version release, to which Paramount have stated that they had long since disposed of the negative, with the uncut version being believed to have no longer existed.
On September 2, 2020, Shout! Factory unveiled the full extent of the bonus features on their complete Friday the 13th Collection Blu-Ray boxset, which mentioned the deleted gore footage from Friday the 13th Part 2. Samuelson Studios was responsible for tracking this down and elaborated on the process through a Facebook post. The footage originated from a VHS tape owned by the film's special effects artist Carl Fullerton, who sought to preserve his work in light of the heavy MPAA censorship. Fullerton asked the editors to compile the cut footage into a VHS transfer for the young artist's portfolio. The tape had reportedly been screened over the years but was currently unplayable and had to be baked to transfer the footage. While it did not have a soundtrack, the footage still retained its quality over the years.
On October 13th, 2020, the Friday the 13th Blu-Ray boxset was released, rendering the formerly lost scenes found. The boxset is currently available to purchase from Shout! Factory's website, along with numerous other shopping websites.
- Page of trivia for the film featuring details about some deleted scenes. Retrieved 16 Sept' 20
- Web page detailing the rediscovery of the scenes Retrieved 26 Oct' 20
- Page on Shout! Factory's website for the boxset. Retrieved 26 Oct' 20
- Page on Amazon for the boxset. Retrieved 26 Oct' 20