10 Most Iconic Movie Scenes, at least according to the folks at Screen Rant:
Not to sound too snotty but I was aware of most of the examples included (the problems with Bruce, the name given the animatronic shark from Jaws are quite legendary!).
Perhaps the most interesting one was The Exorcist’s spider walk down the stairs. I knew the scene was cut but as I haven’t looked at the bonus material on my expanded edition of the movie I didn’t realize the reason for not using that particular scene was because when it was filmed, and before the advent of CGI, they were unable to “hide” the strings holding the contortionist up as she moved down the stairs.
It makes perfect sense that now with the use of computers the wires can be digitally removed and therefore the scene re-inserted into the film, though I wonder if it was, in the end, necessary. I’m ambivalent about its inclusion in the expanded director’s cut but there have been plenty of people who felt the scene should have remained on the cutting room floor.
Returning to Jaws for a moment, it is also well known that because of all the problems the animatronic shark had director Steven Spielberg was forced to hold off on showing the shark much longer than he originally intended to in the film. In lieu of this, he created scenes where we adopt the perspective of the shark and/or the shark attacks and we barely see it.
The problems with the shark turned out to be a blessing in disguise. By not revealing the “villain” of the piece fully until the last acts, Mr. Spielberg created a film whose suspense grew with each new attack/victim. I distinctly recall having my breath taken away when the shark was finally revealed in all its terrifying glory toward the later stages of the film.
Which just goes to show that sometimes as much as a movie benefits from good acting or directing or script, etc. etc., sometimes you have to also be lucky.
I’ve made it known before how much I like the theatrical version of Walter Hill’s cult classic The Warriors. That version of the film is one of, in my opinion, Walter Hill’s all time best movies.
And yet because of budget and time he was unable to show “his” vision of the film. Years later he released an “ultimate director’s cut” of the movie which included new material, mostly in the from of comic book frames, as well as some different cuts of several of the film’s classic scenes…and the end result was, in my opinion, terrible.
While I can appreciate the man who created the film wanted to see it released closer to the way he originally envisioned it, sometimes when the pressure is on and a creative person is forced to make something within rigorous time/budgetary/logistical constraints, the results can be all the better.