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'90s Movies Fan Theories

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You can't beat the nostalgic butterflies every millennial gets from their favorite '90s films. Today, people still find inspiration from Cher Horowitz's Clueless fashion, have a terrible tendency to yell "What's in the box?" at the Amazon delivery person, and regularly contemplate whether they'd take the red or blue pill from The Matrix. One thing remains clear: the creators of these '90s fan theories have all swallowed the red one (or are desperately trying to choke it down).

These crazy fan theories attempt to unveil the truth in beloved films - whether an outrageous '90s sci-fi flick or a lighthearted Disney cartoon. Nothing in the '90s is what it seems: the lovable, dopey cop in Scream doubles as a criminal mastermind; the sadistic Sid from Toy Story grows up to be virtuous and kind; and the hunky pauper on the ill-fated Titanic was actually saving the world.

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    Sid From The Original 'Toy Story' Grows Up To Be The Garbage Person In 'Toy Story 3' (And Becomes A Hero!)

    Sid (Erik von Detten) is a horrifying villain in the original Toy Story, but one fan theory posits that he turned over a new leaf. According to Redditor /u/londongarbageman, Sid grows up to become the sanitation worker in Toy Story 3. This transition starts when Sid realizes his toys are alive, which horrifies him because he spent most of his childhood mutilating them. Sid takes it upon himself to make sure this never happens again. He decides to rescue toys that people have thrown away and fix broken ones. This is why he becomes a sanitation worker - the one field with access to the living beings (i.e., broken toys) people consider trash.

    If all that fails to back up the theory, Sid and the man on the garbage truck wear the same t-shirt. Coincidence?

  • Throughout Forrest Gump, it seems like the title character remains stuck in his own world. What if this wasn't the case? Redditor /u/HeroOfOA believes Forrest (Tom Hanks) purposely tells a story that relates to each person he's talking with - and a decent amount of evidence exists to back up the theory.

    In the beginning, Forrest talks to a Black waitress about how he was named after a KKK leader who made mistakes. He references segregation in his early years. After that, he chats with a woman who looks slightly older than Jenny. He tells her about Jenny's college dorm and about saving her from a strip club. Next, he moves onto an elderly man, who's probably old enough to have served in Vietnam. He talks to him about combat and losing his best friend during the war. Lastly, he speaks to a woman, around the same age as his mother, about how difficult it was when his mom died. She bursts into tears.

    If true, maybe Forrest was a far better storyteller than we ever imagined.

  • The red pill or the blue pill - which one would you take? This Matrix-in-a-Matrix fan theory sort of proves that neither really matters because none allow access to the real world. The "real world" - gained by taking the red pill and escaping the program - is just another level of the Matrix simulation. It's an illusion to make it seem like you can escape - and that you possess the choice to do so.

    There is some proof the red pill may be a farce. Neo (Keanu Reeves) uses his powers when he's supposedly outside of the Matrix. This would be impossible in the real world. Additionally, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) can control Bane even after he leaves the simulation. How? Because he never actually left.

  • At the end of Scream, we're told two killers exist - Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard). A Reddit fan theory isn't buying the fact that they acted alone, though. According to user /u/Zionhyome, Deputy Dewey (David Arquette) may be the real mastermind.

    Dewey remains highly suspicious. He's seemingly always around and has been close to the killer, without ever really getting attacked. The only times he gets assaulted are when he's in view of another character, conveniently covering his tracks. Yet somehow, he's always absent during the showdown.

    Lots of evidence exists for a third killer in the original film, which may be Dewey. When Casey finds Steve tied to a chair, he looks to his left and his right, indicating Billy and Stu are hiding on both sides of the house. So who rings the doorbell? Also, who stalks Sidney while both killers are present at the video store with Randy?

  • Groundhog Day is as brilliant as it is frustrating. Waking up to the same day over and over gets hard to watch - but maybe that's the point. Perhaps the repeated time loop was Phil Conners's (Bill Murray) personal Hell and Ned Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky), the insurance salesman, was actually the Devil.

    A fan theory by Redditor /u/SuperConductiveRabbi alleges Ned is the Devil, and has it out for Phil. Firstly, Phil and Ned don't really get along. The moment after Phil first encounters (and insults) Ned, he immediately steps into a puddle. Ned laughs and shoots off a snide remark (almost like he was responsible). On the last day of the time loop, Phil finally purchases an insurance policy from Ned, and then he's mysteriously free? Yeah, okay.

    The theory also notices one parallel: buying a ton of life insurance is as close as you can get to selling your soul. The Devil would certainly approve.

  • With its tangled time travel mythology, the Terminator franchise has inspired plenty of convoluted fan theories, but this one is deceptively simple: the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) develops desires and emotions of its own, despite being designed specifically to terminate with a minimum of fuss and no feelings at all.

    That's exactly how the T-1000 operates early in Terminator 2, efficiently killing anyone and everyone who presents even a minor obstacle or opportunity on its quest, including police officers and passersby. As that quest continues, though, the robot's terminations become less and less efficient. By the time it reaches the psychiatric facility housing Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the T-1000 is slowly, almost sadistically, running his finger through a guard's eye. This sadistic streak is fully in evidence during T2's climax, as the liquid metal villain tortures Sarah. As /u/Azumarill99 points out, the shapeshifting robot could easily have impersonated Sarah to accomplish his goal, yet it instead chooses a crueler, less efficient route, presumably just to take pleasure in her pain.