Editing plays a pivotal role in crafting a cinematic masterpiece. A single bad scene could damage a great film. There are good scenes and bad scenes. A scene could be called bad for a number of reasons. Maybe the scene felt out of place or perhaps it just doesn’t drive the narrative in any ways. But bad scenes irreparably damage the film which is why trimming out the excess or unwanted is quite essential to the process of filmmaking. And as cinephiles it pains us to see a single bad moment in a good film. So I’ve managed to sit down and come up with a list of worst movie scenes ever that, I feel, should have been deleted. Many of these are actually worst movie death scenes.
15. Casualties of War – “Final Scene”
‘Casualties of War’ is one of Brian De Palma’s best films. With the Vietnam war as the backdrop, the film is a deeply humanistic tale of determination, power, resilience and humanity. But I was quite underwhelmed by the film’s ending. The plot revolves around a soldier who single-handedly fights for a Vietnamese girl who is being tortured by a group of American soldiers. The entire events happen in the mind of the protagonist as a result of his overwhelming guilt over not being able to save the girl. But towards the end, a woman resembling the same Vietnam girl walks out of the train and has a moment with him outside. This dreamy sequence seems like a misfit in a film that is otherwise very powerful, gut-wrenching and realistic. There just could have been a different ending to the film.
14. Kramer vs Kramer (1979) – “Phyllis Caught Naked”
Honestly, I’m not sure how this scene was included in the final cut. Was the scene intended to be a light-hearted moment in an otherwise tense drama? Because if it is so, then it clearly fails on that note. ‘Kramer vs Kramer’ is quite simply one of the best family dramas of all time. And I could probably recall every single scene in the film and each of them play well to the narrative except for this one. It just feels so abrupt, embarrassing, awkward and terribly out of place.