If its one thing our childhoods have in common its the tale of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
We all know the harrowing story of young, poor Charlie Bucket and the lucky golden ticket that sent him to the infamous chocolate factory. Unfortunately, Charlie and his four other (God-awful) friends find out that this awe-inspiring trip to the factory is a trip to hell, literally. We are also aware of the great debate between which movie version is better, all that aside, the events that take place in Wonka’s chocolate factory are the same and INSANE! Let’s dive into my conspiracy theory behind why Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is this years Halloween pick!
We begin with Willy Wonka himself, a man of very few words, but each one has just a as much cringe factor as the last, and gives us more shade than we can handle. He carries an omnipresence whose true intentions lie far beneath the surface that is until the other children begin disappearing. It’s understood that Wonka brought these children into the factory because he was looking for a successor due to his increasing age. But, as the children began dropping off one by one, one has to wonder if Wonka picking off the children was apart of his master plan.
Lest we not forget that Wonka was extremely perturbed at the spies stealing his candy inventions, and the greedy pushy state of society. Could it be that Wonka decided to use the demise of these kids as a way of sending a message – about how greed, gluttony,and selfishness of the world has gotten out of hand? Either way starting a movie off with a sinister man, in a top hat, and a very elusive way of speaking is the perfect start to any scary movie.
There are ‘haunted rooms’ and lots of them. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is also the first example of an escape room if we ever did see one. Each candy invention room was designed specifically for each child, and their parents to fall into a trap. For Violet her room was built to suit her competitiveness and ego, the need to always be number one until she exploded – literally. Veruca’s room was built to her greed and and selfishness landing in her trash heap to be incinerated. These atrocious acts although may be against atrocious children, are quite disturbing and definitely fit for a horror movie.
Lastly, a haunting boat ride, and I do mean haunting. The boat scene travelling through Wonka’s factory is a connecting point for the horrific things that happen during the tour. Whether its accompanied by a very eerie song, (Thanks for my nightmares Gene Wilder), or going at a heart stopping exhilarating pace its one unforgettable experience. It physically propels our horror story forward thrusting us into the rest of the unknown fates of the kids.
There have been several examples in recent horror films that have used transportation as a mechanism for terror so its purpose is an extremely fitting tactic for Wonka to use. He disorients the kids and the parents, making it much easier for him to get rid of them, and less of a way of an escape. As the kids and their parents go down one by one they can only rely on Wonka and the oompas to get them out. This could be bad news bears if Wonka really wanted it too, thank Goodness he just wanted to prove a point…right?
So there you have it! We have a weird and ominous figure, picking off little kids one by one, and trapping them within the confines of a major factory. Sure we see the kids walking out of the factory okay…or are they?
Either way, its a fun tale told through with a creepy twist, what more could you ask of a Halloween movie!
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Hi! Asia Minor here - I enjoy anything history, fantasy, and sci fi...its even better when its all combined. I am working on acquiring beautiful huskies for my pets, constantly watching movies (and plan on making them), and reading/writing. My musical choices limit to Disney, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Lamar - enough said.