You know that movie from 1983, The Outsiders? You might have, if you were born in the late 70's or the early 80's. Or you might have read the book, although it is banned from some schools. If you haven't heard of it, here's a quick re-cap: Ponyboy Curtis gets jumped by a rival gang, the Socs, and his gang, the Greasers, come to rescue him. A few nights later, he and his friends, Johnny Cade- a nervous wreck of a boy who's abused by his alcoholic parents- and Dallas Winston- a street rat that was in prison at age ten- went to the movies and met too Soc girls, Cherry Valance and her friend, Marcia. When Johnny, Ponyboy and their kleptomaniac friend Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews decide to walk the girls home, running into the girls' boyfriends, Cherry's boyfriend, Bob, being the Soc that beat up Johnny a while ago.
Johnny and Ponyboy fall asleep in the lot, Ponyboy comes home a two in the morning and his older brother Darry gets really mad, and ends up hitting Ponyboy. Ponyboy and Johnny run away and hide in an abandoned church, until Dally comes to get them. When they return to the church, it is on fire, and there are children inside the burning building. Ponyboy and Johnny go in to save the kids, the building collapsing on top of Johnny, thus burning him and breaking his back, and Dallas broke his arm trying to put a fire out. They are taken to the hospital and Ponyboy goes home. The next day, the Greasers and Socs have a 'rumble', or street fight, and the Greasers win. Dallas and Ponyboy went to tell Johnny, and Johnny died, telling Ponyboy to 'stay gold'. Dallas freaks out and loses his mind, robbing a drug store and eventually getting shot down by the police.
Now that that's out of the way, you may want to hear my story now? Well, recently I got a copy of The Outsiders for really cheap at Wal-Mart, for about four dollars. It looked sort of banged up, but that's something I guess you should expect from Wal-Mart. I paid for it, and when I did, the check-out lady looked at me weird, as if I had done something she wouldn't do. Nonetheless, she let me pay for it, and she continued to stare at me until I was gone and out of the store. It was really weird, but I shrugged it off. I went home and put it in the DVD player, but it wouldn't work.
My DVD player was pretty old and worn out, so I decided to play it on my kind-of new laptop, and it worked just fine. It went to the main menu, and I watched the film. It's pretty good, and it wasn't until I looked at the case again that I realized I had gotten the 'complete novel' version of it, so it had some additional scenes in it. After the film was finished, I took the disc out and put in the special features disc (the complete novel version has two discs). I went through the special features, and I saw one that said "Lost/Missing Scenes". I clicked it, thinking it was going to be some scenes that didn't make it in the final cut.
Boy was I wrong.
Well, I was kind-of right, but it was the most horrifying thing I've ever seen. The first scene was titled "Abused". I figured it might have had something to do with Johnny's parents. The scene opened up to a black screen. I waited for a few minutes, then I heard someone yell out in pain. Then the scene turned to Johnny in fetal position, sobbing into his knees. I've always felt bad for Johnny, and seeing him sob made me feel terrible. Johnny just continued sobbing for about five minutes, and it started getting weird.
It didn't sound like he was acting, it felt like the actor, was actually sobbing out of pain and sadness. Eventually he looked up from his knees, and what I saw was heart wrenching. His face was covered in bruises and cuts, some cuts still bleeding a little. His eyes were red from crying, and he had a little snot mixed with blood running from his nose. His lip was cut open and it looked like it really hurt poor little Johnny. Then, a shadow stood in front of Johnny, and Johnny whimpered and screamed, then the scene cut to black. I was at a loss for words! I tried to take the DVD out of my laptop, but it wouldn't come out.
That's when the next missing scene came on, this one called "Lost". I had calmed down a little, thinking this one might be slightly more light-hearted than the last scene. Again, I was wrong. It was Soda, Ponyboy's older brother, and Steve, Soda's friend. They were driving around in Steve's car, and after about three minutes, Soda finally spoke up, asking Steve where they were. Steve said he didn't know, and thought he must had taken the wrong route home. After another five minutes, Soda and Steve started looking worried, and they started looking around and even into the camera, as if asking the director what to do and they hadn't practiced the scene before. Off camera, someone started yelling, and the car jumped a little. Steve stopped the car and both the boys got out of the car.
At the back of the car, there was a mangled body with a plastic bag tied around it's head. Steve cautiously took the bag off, and the body was revealed to be Johnny's. He had be severely cut and batted around, and then had a bag tied around his head so he couldn't breathe. Soda started screaming for help, and Steve checked out the body to see if it showed any sign of being alive. Then, and shadowed figure stood in front of Soda and Steve. Soda screamed out in fear and Steve gasped, then the scene cut to black again. But this time, it showed bits of footage of Steve and Soda being mangled and stabbed, but each bit showed for about five seconds, and there were three scenes.
I was crying. This was terrifying! Had they really had to think about putting the scenes in the actual movie before they took them out? As I was thinking about how sick and twisted the director must have been, the next scene started playing. It was titled, "Scared". I braced myself, thinking that this scene would be as disturbing as the last two- maybe even more disgusting and disturbing. It was Ponyboy and Darry at home, in the kitchen, sitting at the table. They were arguing over something about Ponyboy getting a bad grade on a test. Ponyboy stood up from the table and started screaming at Darry, Darry screaming back. After two minutes of screaming at each other, Darry got up and went to his bedroom, returning with a shotgun. Ponyboy eyed the gun, then eyed Darry.
He whimpered and started trembling, backing away slowly. He begged Darry to put the gun away, but Darry ignored him and cocked the pistol. Ponyboy sunk down against the wall, getting into fetal position and sobbed into his knees, obviously being scared to death. He trembled and awaited his fate, Darry pointing the gun at Ponyboy and shooting, straight at his younger brother's head. Ponyboy leaned up against the wall, moaning a little and finally falling silent. Two-Bit and Dallas came in, worried since they heard the gunshot. When they saw Darry with the gun in his hand, Two-Bit screamed and Dallas gasped, both of them backing up. Dally told them that they'd seen too much, pointed the gun at them and shot them both. It took a few bullets to get them both down, and he threw them up against the wall, next to his dead baby brother.
Then, he left for a moment and returned, throwing Soda, Steve and Johnny up against the wall as well, standing in front of them, casting a shadow in front of the dead bodies. Darry stared at the six dead boys, the oldest being eighteen and the youngest being fourteen. Darry stared at them for a good five minutes, then he cocked the pistol, put it in his mouth and pulled the trigger, falling backwards.
The screen faded to black. I finally got the DVD out and broke it into pieces, throwing it into the garbage can. What I have witnessed was the most disturbing thing I've ever witnessed in my life. I've had nightmares about it for weeks, and they're not getting better. I decided to look it up on the internet, but nothing came up. Then, I found C. Thomas Howell, the actor for Ponyboy, and his email account. I sent him a question about the missing scenes, and I waited a few days, knowing he must get a lot of emails and he needs time to read and reply to them. After about three days, this is the response I got;
"Okay, I have only one thing to say... How did you find those scenes? Those weren't meant to be viewed by anyone. They were meant to be locked up in the Warner Bros. vault. All I can say is, you need to get rid of that disc immediately. That disc was not meant to be viewed by any one other then the cast and director. I hope you take my advice.
-C. Thomas Howell"
I guess I can say that I'm glad I destroyed the disc when I did. Though I have often thought about what would happen if I didn't get rid of it? Would someone arrest me? Would I be killed? I guess I'll never know.