THE MONSTROUS QUESTION! Answer 3 (of 3)
THE MONSTROUS QUESTION!
(Questions by Michael Arruda)
If you could discover lost footage from any movie, old or new, and this could include an entire movie, what would it be?
Sit back and enjoy this mock answer from the mind of Nick Cato.
From NICK CATO:
DAWN OF THE DEAD: Screenplay Ending Rumored to Have Been Filmed!
In the original script for George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (1979), Peter (played in the film by Ken Foree) does not escape. He blows his brains out, and Fran flees to safety on her own with a pet dog (the dog was also left out of the final film version). It was rumored for years that Romero had shot an alternate ending that upheld this suicide-vision from his original script. And it does exist . . . if you look hard enough.
On the DAWN OF THE DEAD Ultimate edition 4-DVD boxed set (released in 2004 from Anchor Bay Entertainment), there’s an Easter egg (i.e. hidden extra) cleverly placed on the 3rd DVD, which is the European Cut of the film. When Peter places the small pistol to his temple, the film pauses for a few seconds.
During this pause, click the pause on your DVD’s remote and a mini-menu screen will appear with the option to watch either “European Ending” or “Original Ending.” Click “Original Ending,” and watch Peter’s brains splatter against the wall of their make-shift loft in all its never-before-seen 70s g(l)ory.
The film is 100 times darker now, with a pregnant Fran left to fend for herself as she descends to the skies in the chopper she had recently been trained to fly.
NOTE: Okay, before you run off and pause your DVD for an eternity searching for this original ending, this was a mock answer. In short, it ain’t true! —Michael Arruda