Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Plinky: Name A Movie That Frightens You

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The original was probably the scariest movie of my childhood; the new one was also quite frightening. Here's why:

The Original

Keep in mind that I watched this when I was like, seven years old. In Willy Wonka's factory, bad things happened to every single one of the children except for Charlie, who was of course the protagonist, so he basically had no faults. I knew I wasn't perfect; I was a greedy, ambitious and most of all bitchy child, kind of a cross between Veruca and Violet. As a result, the seven-year-old me thought to myself, "Oh my god I'm going to drown in a bucket of melted chocolate."

No, it did not make me want to be a better person.

Another reason why I was terrified is this:

Why hello, old man... *wiggles eyebrows*

They're orange, with green hair, and HUGE white eyebrows! They're mutated carrots! Nevermind my seven-year-old self, I STILL think they're scary, especially the one on the bottom left.

Lastly, there's a creepy scene that I remember to this day even though I only saw the movie once: when Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder) takes them on the boat trip and you see a whole bunch of images in between a rainbow of colours. It seems that everyone on that boat is scared out of their wits... except for Charlie and his grandpa of course. And Willy... he's just creepily staring at all of them.

Well, I wasn't amused.

The Remake

Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. 'Nuff said. *Runs away from screaming fan boys/girls*

As awesome as Johnny Depp was in Pirates of the Caribbean, to me, he was a creep in this movie.


So, what are your opinions on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?


8 comments so far.

  1. Oompa Loompa on July 15, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    so yeah willy wonka, has always scared the crap out of me, i think willy as a character is just a little disturbing.

    What scared me with this in not that I thought something was going to happen to me, but that you never saw that any of the children were okay at the end, so I always assumed they died. Again this was when I was young. Yes in the newer one you see a shot of them leaving but they're all still deformed and weird, so that's still freaky.

    There was a time when I was little where I had to leave if someone wanted to watch this cause it scared me so bad. Now I can see it just fine, and thanks to a cruise I went on I've seen both like 200 times, because that was all that was on tv.

  2. Clem on July 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Uh, God, I hated the remake. It was so awful. It's not that it was scary, to me - just really really crap. And, yeah, Willy Wonka definitely didn't seem like some eccentric candy man... he seemed like a child molestor, tbh.

  3. lyrical charlatan on July 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    @ Clem: Exactly! He was luring those kids into his factory. D:

    @ Oompa Loompa: 200 times?! Wow. I never want to see this movie ever again.

  4. Manda on July 15, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    I LOVED the Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I never liked the original, though - I thought it was too whimsical. :P

  5. setsanto on July 15, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    I have managed to repress most of my memories of Willy Wonka, but whenever I see some people with really bad fake tans, the memories come flooding back. Friggin Oompa Loompas

  6. Kathleen on July 16, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    I actually never saw the original movie, but those Oompa Loompa's do look scary, I give you that. I did see the remake by Tim Burton however. Even though I adore his work, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wasn't his best movie. At all. It did lack a certain... something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something just wasn't there, which is a pitty.

    Oh well.

  7. Enzo on July 18, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    I only watched the remake and I did find the character of Willy Wonka really, really freaky. I love the story though; one of the greatest children's book of all time.

  8. Loralei on July 18, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    The original? Somewhat endearing. The new? Hella creepy. Although, I must admit I like the line: "Everything in this room is eatable, even *I'm* eatable! But that is called 'cannibalism,' my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies."

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