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More Found Footage: Another 25 Trailers That Tease Missing Scenes
Further sequences that disappeared between promo and final cut

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We asked and you complied. Following last month’s first instalment, here are another 25 trailers offering scenes that didn’t end up in the finished film, mostly supplied this time by your good selves via Empire’s various social media sources. Some of your memories, we suspect, were playing tricks on you – we couldn’t find any trace of The Abyss’ water tentacle turning into a gun, or Dumb & Dumber trailers that included the Little Old Lady scene – but most of you were on the money. Here are our favourites, and feel free to suggest even more… but bear in mind that are another 25 of these things on the other list.

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A few of you mentioned this, so we’ll start here even though it doesn’t quite represent what we’re talking about. This teaser of Spider-Man catching bank robbers in a web between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre played in theatres months before the release of Sam Raimi’s first Spidey film, but was always a stand-alone sequence. The trailer was pulled in the wake of 9/11, but none of this footage was strictly cut from the movie, because it was never intended as part of the movie.


This, in contrast, was a film affected by real-life tragedy. Ruben Fleischer’s action-gangster-drama originally included a scene in which four gunmen burst through a cinema screen and open fire on a cinema audience. In the wake of the awful cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the sequence was removed from the film (necessitating reshoots and release delays). It remains in the trailer, however, and in the UK at least, was still playing in theatres for some time after Aurora.


This is more a soundtrack cheat than a missing scenes affair. Fans of the original Insidious would have remembered its creatively bizarre use of Tiny Tim’s 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips'. This trailer strongly suggests we’ll be hearing it again in the sequel, with all the mad red demon puppet guy shenanigans it entails. Not so. Let’s chalk this one up as “aural misdirection”.


Proving that we’re not talking about a recent phenomenon, here’s an example from the fourth James Bond movie, dating back to 1965. Luciana Paluzzi begins a seduction of Sean Connery’s Bond at the 01:49 mark, and he muses, “The things I do for England.” This didn’t appear in the finished film, and the line was recycled two years later in You Only Live Twice.


The original theatrical version of David Fincher’s controversial Alien threequel, bowdlerised as it was by the studio, chopped several the scenes glimpsed here, including one with Charles Dance carrying an unconscious Sigourney Weaver, and another with Ripley and co. baiting the creature. Happily, it’s all since been restored in the excellent 2003 Assembly Cut, so we only had to wait a decade for satisfaction. (Suggested on the forum by Litshttam)

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1 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
There were tons for this! *SPOILERS* The main one is where Harry says to Peter "Oscorp had you under surveillance" then when Peter asks why he says "well isn't that the question of the day" this one is most interesting, as why would Oscorp be watching Peter? Did they have suspicions that Richard experimented on him with the venom he was creating? This was a really intriuging thing in the trailer I was looking forward to seeing how it linked into the film but sadly no where to be seen. Other things: - Voiceover: "What do I love about being Spider-Man? Everything". - Aunt May: "I once told you that secrets have a cost, the truth does too". - Peter's response when Harry asks what he's been up to: "I do some web design" (great line, why was this cut from the film!). - Norman Osborn voiceover: "we have plans for you, Peter Parker" (in a different draft, did he survive in the film longer?). - Spider-Man: "NMore

Posted by Icarus1 on Friday April 18, 2014, 23:28

2 Any Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer Film
The comedy appears to be in the trailer but is completely absent in any of the films. More

Posted by Greygor on Thursday April 17, 2014, 13:36

3 Demolition Man and The Muppets (2011) can be added
Demolition Man: for details and be sure to check it's Imdb's message forum/FAQ and the foreign trailer There might be a undubbed trailer with the deleted/alternate scenes on youtube. The Muppets: the trailer for the movie contains a deleted scene with Danny Trejo in a prison cell. More

Posted by Creedswede on Wednesday April 16, 2014, 12:38

4 THe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
One to add to another of these features : in the French trailer (or dubbed int'l trailer) for The League : At 00:27 : bats congregating to form Mina Harker (presumably at the end of the Venice scene). At 00:55 : a fugitive shot of actress Winter Ave Zoli as the daughter of scientist Draper (seen in the opening montage of destruction), who was kidnapped by the Phantom. The storyline was entirely cut from the film. More

Posted by Irons on Monday April 14, 2014, 12:51

5 Avengers
Not omitted, just different line delivery used. "Billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist." I read an article that explained how the trailer version worked for the trailer, but was the wrong context for the scene in actual film. I just love RDJs reading. More

Posted by spidermulder on Monday April 14, 2014, 09:12

6 RAID 2
Only seen it once, but I didn't spot the moment from the red band trailer, of the guy coming down the escalator who suddenly points gun at full arms length to his right to shoot someone going up. More

Posted by spidermulder on Monday April 14, 2014, 09:07

7 Tangled
In the first trailer there's a sequence where Flynn Rider gets his arse handed to him by ninja strands of hair. This didn't make it into the film as Rapunzel basically just knocks him out instantly. I don't know if this counts because Disney has a habit of making little vignettes of characters for their trailers nowadays (see also; the first trailer for Frozen in which Olaf and Sven fight over a carrot). But there was enough cuts for me to wonder if it was intended for the final cut. More

Posted by kisswithatear on Monday April 14, 2014, 07:53

8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
UK audiences had to wait for the advent of DVD to see the nunchuck-use included in the theatrical trailer for this superb (Leo's elation when Raph wakes from a Foot-induced coma. Nuff said.), grungy flick. Different voice-talent, too, interestingly foreshadowing the promo-to-product alterations to Bay's upcoming effort. More

Posted by Litshttam on Sunday April 13, 2014, 02:24

9 True Romance
There are two instances in the trailer that I can remember, Clarence & Alabama sharing a bath and Christopher Walken telling his henchmen to "find this wing and a prayer artist and take him off at the neck". More

Posted by Bleaz79 on Saturday April 12, 2014, 02:02

10 Basic Instinct
In the trailer towards the end Sharon Stone can be seen lifting up her dress which would have been from 'the f*ck of the century' scene. More

Posted by janjan48 on Friday April 11, 2014, 21:34

11 Notting Hill
The mother does make the final film. She can be seen at her son's wedding right at the end. More

Posted by Marcus Brody on Friday April 11, 2014, 20:17

This also included the very touching 'head hug' between Caesar and Cornelia, who Caesar broke out FOR, but which was NOT in the movie!!! More

Posted by galenurko on Friday April 11, 2014, 18:46

13 King Kong
Same as with Spider-Man the scene you're mentioning was specifically shot for the trailer. Peter Jackson points that out in one of the special features if I remember correctly :) More

Posted by elbenblatt on Friday April 11, 2014, 15:20

14 As for "Dumb and Dumber":
The "Little Old Lady"-scene was in the theatrical cut of the movie I saw in Cinemas twice back in 1994, but nowhere to be seen in any home movie format (VHS, Laserdisc or DVD). More

Posted by Peter Becher on Friday April 11, 2014, 14:06

15 Argh! I was CERTAIN ...
... I was right about the "The Devils Own" missing scene. But in my defence, I will point out that it IS almost 17 years ago I saw the trailer. I AM however 100 percent certain about the missing exploding hillside from the Jack Reacher-trailer. More

Posted by Peter Becher on Friday April 11, 2014, 14:03

You coukld do an entire feature just focusing on stuff from the LOTR trailers that didn't make the cut, either in theatrical or extended form. More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Friday April 11, 2014, 13:47

17 The Heat
In the bar scene when Melissa McCarthy is sat on the pool table and Sandra Bullock cuts herself; in the trailer she faints but in the film (as her character would), she laughs! More

Posted by andyt78 on Friday April 11, 2014, 11:56

18 A Good Die to Die Hard
I seem to remember that the dialogue in the taxi and in the lift are different in the trailer and the film. I am not prepared to sit through the film again to check! More

Posted by andyt78 on Friday April 11, 2014, 11:55

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