Marta Kober is turned into a shish kabob during post-coitus cuddling. Sadly, the MPAA had the wide shot of Marta’s reaction removed from the final cut, but it’s always been prominently displayed on the back of the media covers.
In October 2020, Shout Factory released a 10-disc Blu-ray collection of the Friday the 13th franchise, including uncut gore from Part 2 which features Sandra and Jeff’s impaling from a vintage VHS copy the makeup artist had made for posterity after filming. For years, the footage from that scene was reported as being lost forever, but Shout Factory found it thanks to their collaboration with the artist. The collection cost me $130 and was worth every penny. The recovered footage has no audio.
I went through several revisions of this edit, trying to incorporate the uncut with the theatrical footage, until I came up with a version that I feel best compliments the theatrical cut while maintaining consistency with how it unfolds.
As visually satisfying as it was finally seeing, for the first time ever, a wide shot of the spear actually penetrate Jeff’s prosthetic body and Marta’s exquisite performance in reacting to being impaled, the uncut footage simply doesn’t match well with the theatrical cut in terms of pacing. Additionally, I was unable to mix the sound of their gasps from the theatrical cut with the uncut footage in a way that didn’t detract from the rest of the scene. What I found myself left with is a version of the scene that lets us see Sandra’s final death throe after the spear hits the floor, which apparently is all I’ve ever really wanted to cap off the scene. In the end, I discovered less is more. My imagination has always filled in what we never saw until now.
Thankfully, the music in the theatrical cut keeps playing for several seconds while the movie transitions to the next scene. I was able to mix that in with the uncut footage so we get the entire scene with the final shot of Sandra instead of the spear head and the music to accompany it, and the whole thing sounds properly mixed.
I edited two versions of the scene: A theatrical cut, and an extended version that includes a brief portion of the uncut footage. For your convenience, further viewing pleasure, and the sake of completion, the recovered uncut footage is also available in its entirety. Again, please note the recovered footage has no sound.