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Embarrassing Scenes That Were Wisely Cut From Sci-Fi Films

Updated July 31, 2020 8.9k votes 2.1k voters 187.0k views15 items

List RulesVote up the scenes you're most grateful didn't make the final cut.

The worst deleted scenes in films are simultaneously the best because it shows that the filmmakers had enough awareness to recognize their mistake. Then again, some of these embarrassing scenes cut from sci-fi movies are so bad one has to wonder why they were ever even shot in the first place. Of course, deleted scenes exist in all genres, but science fiction relies on such careful nuance that scenes edited out of sci-fi films can easily save a great movie from becoming a terrible one.

Some of the greatest sci-fi films have, indeed, been saved by this foresight. Movies like Ghostbusters, Alien, and various Terminator installments have all been rescued at one point or another by someone realizing which scenes absolutely could and could not make it into the film.

Whether it be deleted scenes deemed too violent for the screen or odd filmmaking decisions, these omitted scenes changed their films forever. Here are deleted scenes from science fiction movies that would have left their films with a big black eye. Some spoilers are ahead – but only if you've been living under a rock for a decade or more. 

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  • The Original Terminator Protot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Embarrassing Scenes That Were Wisely Cut From Sci-Fi Films
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    For some inexplicable reason, a deleted scene in Terminator 3 attempted to explain where the design for their Terminators originally came from. In this scene, we meet Chief Master Sergeant Candy, a Southern so-and-so with a distinguished military career despite being a total doof.

    As Schwarzenegger mouths his lines with a hammy dubbing of this crazy accent, the movie immediately ceases to be a sci-fi thriller and becomes a wacky time-traveling adventure. It's a mercy that this scene was left out because it would have undermined the entire tone of the film simply to answer a question no one was asking.

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  • There's Even More Footage  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Embarrassing Scenes That Were Wisely Cut From Sci-Fi Films
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    The second Transformers movie had a pointless scene included solely for cheap laughs in which the protagonist's mom Julie wanders around the campus of Sam's new college, baked out of her mind after inadvertently eating some edibles. Such a scene actually made it in the film, which is bad enough, but there was even more footage from her confused ramblings that could have extended the already beleaguered montage.

    The movie did not receive positive reviews in part for the inclusion of such meaningless scenes that do nothing to improve the film. At least Michael Bay realized what shouldn't be in the final cut, even if he was a little late to the editing process.

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  • In The Fly, scientist Seth Brundle accidentally becomes a human-fly hybrid while working with his teleportation device. There's a deleted scene depicting his efforts to try to find a solution, as he splices a baboon and a cat in his machine – hoping that the outcome will hold some answers about how he can rectify his own malformation.

    Instead, he creates another monster, clearly squirming in pain, and he beats it to death with a crowbar – not out of mercy, but out of frustration. If this scene were in the movie, Brundle's character would immediately go from tragic to detestable, and the audience would likely stop caring about his plight.

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  • We Were Almost Given A Lesson  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Embarrassing Scenes That Were Wisely Cut From Sci-Fi Films
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    There's a deleted scene in Tron depicting the romance between Tron and Yori, in which they go back to her quarters and she starts pushing his buttons... literally. Yori touches his suit and it lights up at her points of contact in a not-so-subtle metaphor for turning him on.

    It goes even further as she traces the circuit lines down, down, down until the scene ends abruptly right before she reaches his circuit breaker. It's about as suggestive as a PG movie can get, and, in fact, might have bumped the rating up a bit. It's for the best they left it out. Plus, it served no purpose; their love was not hidden.

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