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Release: Jul 11, 2011 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB
The slasher movie about a supernatural killer inside a movie theatre who kills the guests and staff is not really one of the goriest movies of its genre but still has some solid hand-made effects.

About 1.5 years after the movie was released on DVD in its regular version, director Jack Messitt announced a "Killer Cut" which he commented as follows:

A movie of our size rarely gets a chance like this. But Bigfoot Entertainment was impressed with the performance of the original version and gave us the opportunity to revisit our work. It was a lot of fun to go in after two years and change some things around.

Because the original version of the movie was well received, we didn't try to create a different movie. But I think that the changes that were made, along with the additional footage and enhanced VFX, make this version a better movie.


After watching both versions it's possible to either agree or disagree. The "Killer Cut" is not a "new movie", thus fans of the original version won't be too confused with the new material. However, its questionable if the few new effects and the scene alterations (most of them rather irrelevant) really make the Killer Cut the "better" version.

Unlike other current horror movies, the Killer Cut was not released as an "Unrated" version (which mostly is just a promotional gimmick). There are no noteworthy alterations/extensions in terms of gore or special effects, which is why the MPAA gave both versions the exact same rating (Rated R for bloody horror violence/gore, language, some sexual content and brief nudity).


Comparison between the Killer Cut (R-Rated) (released by Bigfoot Entertainment Inc.) and the theatrical version (R-Rated) (released by KSM).


31 changes:
13 additional scenes
10 scenes with alternative footage
4 extended scenes in the theatrical version
3 re-cuts
1 extended scene

Overall, the Killer Cut is 137.88 seconds (resp. ~2 minutes and 18 seconds) longer than the theatrical version.
Additional Scene
0:00:17: A brush paints on a canvas.
8.6 sec.



Additional Scene
0:00:30: A keeper writes something down on a paper. Then we see the brush again.
13.76 sec.



Additional Scene
0:00:46: Some more impressions of the everyday life in the mental institution. Someone writes something down and a door is opened via a scanner. After the keepers lead Radford away you see the killer's painting.
36.44 Sec.



Extended Scene in the Theatrical Version
0:00:17: The walk through the hallway starts slightly earlier.
+ 1.6 sec.

Extended Scene in the Theatrical Version
0:00:24: Again, the walk through the hallway is shorter in the Killer Cut.
+ 8.56 sec.


Additional Scene
0:03:26: The transformation cuts back and forth a little more often in the Killer Cut (also to the painting). The effects which you see on the face are new and so is the mask on the blood stain at the windowpane.
19.28 sec.



Re-Cut
0:03:11: In the theatrical version, Dr. Wayne sees bloody corridors everywhere and then runs to the room where they showed the movie. Here, you only see the projector still runnning but the killer is nowhere to be found...

The Killer Cut only shortly shows the projector and Dr. Wayne running. Later, Dr. Wayne has a flashback inside the cinema where you see the scenes of the theatrical version. Even though these scenes are slightly shorter in the Killer Cut, it still includes an exclusive part where Dr. Wayne walks into a room and runs into the painting of the killer's mask.
The Theatrical Version is 7.29 sec. longer.

Alternative Footage
0:09:30: Bridget and Josh go into the cinema hall towards their seats. In the theatrical version you see one uninterrupted long shot of this while the Killer Cut fades to Harley and his girlfriend.
The Theatrical Version is 3.92 sec. longer.


Additional Scene
0:11:47: In the Killer Cut you see a flashback to the investigative results from the incident in the hospital when detective Barrons touches the poster.
3.08 sec.



Extended Scene in the Theatrical Version
0:14:32: Detective Brasson holds the bill out to Kenny again, slightly smiling. This is not shown in the Killer Cut.
+ 1.68 sec.

Re-Cut
0:20:07: In the theatrical version the horror movie is shown a little longer. While the three women wait inside the Volkswagen van, Mrs. Radford gives the young man some lemonade. Meanwhile, Josh and and his friends talk about the movie a little longer and Harley tells them to be quiet.

In the Killer Cut there's a short moment of a young man sitting on Mrs. Radford's sofa after Dr. Wayne's flashback. A little later (at 21:34) the scene which was just described is also shown in the Killer Cut.
3.88 sec.

Additional Scene
0:20:12: Very short scene of Dr. Wayne running through the hospital's corridors.
0.36 sec.


Re-Cut
0:22:29: When Dr. Wayne and detective Barrons barrons - inside the cinema - wonder whether Ted Radford will show up tonight or not, this is shown a little later in the Killer Cut than in the theatrical version (24:23).
No difference in time.

Alternative Footage
0:22:51: Absolutely irrelevant: When the movie cuts back to the cinema film, the order of the shots is different:

Theatrical Version: Youn man sitting on a couch; 2 shots of him sharpening his weapon.
Killer Cut: Sharpening of the weapon (Shot 1); young man on the couch; sharpening of the weapon (shot 2).
No difference in time.

Alternative Footage
0:24:10: When Samantha looks towards the others with a worried gaze, the Killer Cut shortly cuts to the projector while the theatrical version shows her turning away again.
The Killer Cut is 0.28 sec. longer.

Extended Scene in the Theatrical Version
0:24:05: Samantha looks to Mario.
+ 1.28 sec.

Additional Scene
0:24:23: Shot of the projector.
1.24 sec.


Additional Scene
0:32:31: Ted is busy with a machete and an unidentifiable pile of meat. The shot of Sully - who has to cope with digestive problems - starts a little earlier, too.
4.92 sec.



Additional Scene
0:34:13: In the Killer Cut the scene where Sully is groping in the dark was interrupted. What's new is that Harley and the others look at a cinema screen where Ted continues to cut up his victims. Then follows a short scene of the women waiting in the Volkswagen van; one of them decides to look their friend (which happens a little earlier in the theatrical version) followed by a shot of Bridget who nervously loos to Josh.
12.56 sec.



Alternative Footage
0:46:43: In the Killer Cut Ted appears and disappears in the hallway (accompanied with a CGI effect) while in the theatrical version he just enters the shot and stands around (no special effects whatsoever).
No difference in time.

Alternative Footage
0:47:08: When detective Brasson shoots Ted, the Killer Cut includes a new effect.
No difference in time.



Alternative Footage
0:47:17: Ditto.
No difference in time.



Alternative Footage
0:56:25: Again, the Killer Cut offers a new effect during this shot of the projector.
No difference in time.

Alternative Footage
0:56:29: In the Killer Cut, Ted materializes with a CGI-effect, while in the theatrical version he just gets up.
No difference in time.



Alternative Footage
0:47:43: A small effect when Ted "beams" away.
No difference in time.

Additional Scene
0:58:09: A new scene of Ted walking towards the hippie-broad in the cinema.
5.56 sec.



Alternative Footage
1:00:20: Again, Ted materializes in the Killer Cut with a CGI-effect.
No difference in time.



Additional Scene
1:02:12: An added shot of Ted scuffing towards the camera.
1.76 sec.



Extended Scene
1:02:25: Ted appears in the hallway and then suddenly disappears again, only to appear behind Bridget; then he disappears again. Quite a senseless extension.
21.8 sec.

Additional Scene
1:04:39: Shot of the cinema screen: a victim is fixed in the vise; then Ted appears.
10.12 sec.



Additional Scene
1:04:55: Ted spins the vise's lever so that it closes a little further; the victim screams. Then you hear a crack and blood splatters on the floor.
3.36 sec.





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