Ever since the late 1880s, films have given people a reason to laugh, think, and cry in movie theaters around the world. Just like television, directors will occasionally leave parts of the film on the cutting room floor due to time restraints or simply because they didn’t fit in. There are some times when a film’s ending gets changed because of a negative response from test audiences or internal issues. Here are 12 films that might’ve left a different impression on the general public if the original ending or pivotal scene wasn’t removed before its release.
12. Little Shop of Horrors
The original ending of Little Shop of Horrors had Seymour Krelborn attempting to kill Audrey II after the plant murders Audrey. Things didn’t go so well as the plant devoured Seymour and spit out his glasses. This ending, which was taken from the musical, cost the studio $5 million to create. Audiences at preview screenings hated the conclusion, which forced the studio to give the film a happier send-off.
The original ending of Clerks featured Dante being killed by a robber. After a screening at the Independent Feature Film Market, director Kevin Smith was advised to cut that part of the ending out of the final product. Smith has stated that if he kept the ending, his production company View Askew Productions would have ended.
Can you image the iconic Alien franchise not existing past the first film? Well, that was set to happen as director Ridley Scott wanted hero Ellen Ripley to die by having her head bitten off by the Alien at the end of the movie. Luckily, the producers of the film turned down the idea.
9. Natural Born Killers
The original ending of Natural Born Killers would’ve been a very appropriate way to conclude a flick based on violence. In the scrapped ending, prisoner Owen Traft escapes along with Mickey and Mallory Knox. While driving away from the madness, Traft winds up killing them both with a shotgun.
Cary Grant was one of the most beloved actors in the 1940s, and many fans didn’t want to see him as the bad guy in Suspicion. Alfred Hitchcock was forced to change the ending due to test audiences. In the original ending, his character Johnnie kills his wife with a poisoned drink.