Hammer is in the process of restoring many of their classic films. On top of the usual digital restoration and work on bonus features, they are also on the hunt for rare and missing scenes to restore into the original films:
"We’ll post at length next week... but here’s a list of “lost” scenes that we’d love to restore if we are able to source materials. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of such, please email us.
1. An extended “knife in neck/snake bite” scene from THE REPTILE (this is thought to exist, but no known evidence).
2. The “eyeball” scene from THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (this footage definitely exists somewhere).
3. The “head in acid bath” scene from THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (this scene may not have been filmed, though stills exist).
4. The “under-dressed maidens” in the flashback procession from THE MUMMY (this scene may not have been filmed, though stills exist).
5. The “tongue-cutting” and/or the “tongue wriggling” from THE MUMMY (these are thought to exist, but no known evidence).
6. An extended “glass-in-throat” from FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (apparently exists on a Dutch laser disc).
7. An extended “body falling into grave” from FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (apparently exists on a Dutch laser disc).
8. An extended fight scene from RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK (definitely filmed, but no known surviving materials).
9. An extended more explicit version of THE VIKING QUEEN (some evidence, but nothing definite).
Please also email us if there’s anything not on the list above from any of the Phase 2 Hammer restoration titles (list below).
List of Phase 2 titles:
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL
CAPTAIN KRONOS VAMPIRE HUNTER (no missing footage known)
RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (no missing footage known)
THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (no missing footage known)
THE VIKING QUEEN
THE VENGEANCE OF SHE (no missing footage known)
SLAVE GIRLS (no missing footage known)
THE WITCHES (no missing footage known)"
If you're a Hammer Horror fanatic that has or knows anyone that has these missing scenes, you can email Hammer directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
While they are going to start releasing restored titles in the UK on Blu-ray, we have no details on their US plans at this time. We'll keep an eye out for any additional Hammer restoration news and will provide more details as they come in.