Special Effects that Never Made It to the Silver Screen:
In the successful horror sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), the character of Kristen (played by actress Patricia Arquette, in her big screen debut), is dreaming of the infamous Elm Street house, where she encounters a little girl on a tricycle, whom she tries to rescue from the clutches of dream-stalking child-killer Freddy Krueger. During their escape, Kristen finds herself in a room filled with the hanging bodies of Krueger’s many victims, and the little girl suddenly exclaims,
"Put me down! You’re hurting me!"
When Kristen looks down at the girl, she finds herself holding nothing but a child-sized skeleton.
Originally, it was planned to be a shriveled, emaciated form of the girl, which was to be animatronically controlled. The puppet was created by effects artist Mark Shostrom. After being given the two-word prompt of “Think Auschwitz” by director Chuck Russell, Shostrom sculpted a life-size, intricately-detailed puppet form, which took ten full weeks to complete.
When the puppet was brought to the set, the rest of the production crew found it to be so terrifying and unsettling that it was never even filmed. Instead, a hastily-put-together skeleton with scraggly remnants of hair was quickly substituted in its place, leaving Shostrom’s unnerving, yet haunting creation to be unseen by theater-going audiences.