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15 Dark Fan Theories That Change Your Favorite Childhood Movies

December 21, 2020 10.6k votes 2.1k voters 201.9k views15 items

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A lot of movies we just can't seem to let go of are those we watched growing up. Everyone has a favorite childhood film that they watched over and over; it was only as adults that we realized just how dark some of our favorites actually were. Of course, there will always be plot-points that felt unfinished or characters who we're forever curious about, which is where fan theories come in. And sometimes they tend to take a darker turn. We managed to round up a few of the best dark fan theories surrounding some of the childhood movies that we hold dear.

Which fan theory do you think could be true? Vote up your favorites below!

  • Photo: Wizard of Oz / Loew's, Inc

    From Redditor u/Primetime22:

    At the end of the film, Dorothy wakes up surrounded by her family and friends, remarking that a few of them were actually in her dream ("You were there, and you were there..."). "Oz" is one of Hollywood's famous "It was all just a dream" endings. However, due to the fact that "Oz" had many sequels and spin offs, it would be safer to assume that Dorothy's adventure in Oz was probably not just a dream, and she was sent to another reality only to be sent back by Glinda by tapping her heels together. I say alternate reality because Dorothy does, in fact, meet alternate versions of people she knows in Kansas. (Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, and The Wizard.) However, she never meets an alternate Dorothy. When Dorothy's house crushes the Wicked Witch of the East, we never see her face. In fact, the only thing we really know about her appearance is the fact that she and Dorothy have the same shoe size. Is it possible that, in Oz, one copy is drawn to destruction in order to avoid paradoxes? So I propose that Dorothy's copy was the Wicked Witch of the East. Dorothy simply replaced her in the world when she crushed her at the beginning of the film.

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  • Photo: Coraline / Focus Features

    From Redditor u/RobinNSP:

    TL;DR: All the residence of the Pink Palace are dead. Mr Bobinsky died of radiation poisoning, Miss Spink and Forcible of old age and the Jones' from a car crash. The house itself is purgatory, the Garden is Heaven and the other world is Hell.

    [Read the full theory here]

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  • Photo: Labyrinth / Tri-star Pictures

    From Redditor u/TheWard:

    TL;DR - Sarah was abused by her mother’s boyfriend. The film is her projecting the event into a context where she could learn to cope with it and stop blaming herself.

    An actress named Linda Williams and her husband Robert have a daughter named Sarah, the protagonist of the film. Around when Sarah is 10 years old, Linda has an affair with a fellow actor who goes by the name of Jeremy. and it causes a rift in their relationship. it’s entirely possible that during the affair, Jeremy found an odd attraction to Sarah, and in a moment of privacy, abuses her (possibly using something to sedate Sarah so she will not tell anyone). Jareth's language is not unlike most abusers, pointing out all the kind things he’s done when his number of transgressions far outweigh his generous acts. He also throws out confusing dissonant statements (“Just let me rule you and you can have everything that you want… Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.”) At this point Sarah recites the lines from her novel, as seen in the beginning of the film, and finally realizes what she has been searching for. She has known the feeling and the words all along, and she speaks aloud the words she needs to hear herself. “You have no power over me.” With this, Sarah is able to realize that what happened to her was not her fault. She is able to grow as a person and put the past behind her. The world she has imagined shatters around her and she finds herself back in the comfort of her bedroom.

    [Read the full theory here]

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  • Photo: The Brave Little Toaster / Hyperion Pictures

    From Redditor u/heres_waldoMobile:

    TL;DR: The movie is about mental patients who escape from the ward and try to cope with the real world. The toaster has extreme claustrophobia. Lamp has aggression issues. Vacuum has OCD Blanky has stalking issues/extreme co dependence Radio is bi polar AC unit is extremely violent.

    [Read the full theory here]

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