Myth became reality last week when us hardcore horror fans were gifted with the long-rumoured deleted “Surgeon Scene” from Tony Randel’s awesome Hellbound: Hellraiser II.
The deleted scene was included in Arrow’s “Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy,” which included the never-before-seen footage that was excised from the VHS workprint edition of Hellbound.
The reaction was overly negative, which wasn’t that surprising considering writer Peter Atkin had once stated that, “…the scene is shit.”
As I pointed out in my original story, the footage was raw, meaning there’s no sound, score or effects, not to mention it wasn’t even edited together. What you saw was simply footage taken off a camera and assembled sloppily.
But what if it were completed? What if?!
Let’s all give it up to Bloody Disgusting reader Zachary Paul Franklin, who took a solid crack at it.
“After watching this unfinished scene from ‘Hellbound: Hellraiser II’, I thought it would be a fun exercise to “complete” it I added music from Christopher Young’s score for the film, added some sound effects, and trimmed and inter-cut a few moments to create a stronger impact. I’d like to think this gives a better idea of what could have been…
“I wish it made the final cut of the original film if not just for the emotional moment of Kirsty grieving for her father. I feel that moment is a great payoff for her character.”
This is a brilliant exercise to show how much sound can bring footage to life. I highly recommend watching the original scene and then Franklin’s edit below…thoughts?!