Post # 1
So we were reading a list of the scariest movies ever. And Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was on the list. I knew a girl who actually was scared of this movie because of the Oompa Loompas and the ferry boat ride. But my fiance says “Oh, because they might have died?” Um…what? Apparently his dad and brother always had the theory that the children that messed up died. I thought they went home. Did anyone else think these children died? I thought it was strange but maybe it just never occurred to me.
Post # 3
I don’t think that they died. I don’t remember the book but in the remake with Johnny Depp, the kids walk out fine. I don’t think that movie is that scary though.
Post # 4
I guess I never really thought about what happened to them but it makes sense that they died. But to be included in the scariest movies of all time? Seriously?
Post # 5
I don’t think it’s scary either but I didn’t know that some people thought in the original that the kids died.
Post # 6
The author was very dark but I don’t think that he was killing kids either.
Post # 7
My little sister is terrified of the Oompa Loompas. She was at a bar one night where all the servers were little people dresses as them and she called me freaking out. A few weeks later when she graduated from college FI sent her an e-card to congraduated her but sent an Oompa Loompa one as a joke. Moments after he hit send my cell rang and when I picked it up all she said was “PUT YOUR BOYFRIEND (before we got engaged) ON THE PHONE!” She was so mad. We thought it was funny!
Post # 8
Roald Dahl is cagey about what happens to the kids who disappear. He’s much darker than the movie.
I was totally freaked out by the montage with the green colortint and the centepedes when they’re in the boat at the very beginning in the ORIGINAL movie from the 70s (early 80s?) The one with Gene Wilder. Anyone know what I’m talking about?
Post # 9
I LOVE that movie, one of my all time faves. It never even crossed my mind that the children were killed. I certainly don’t think it’s one of the scariest movies of all time.
Post # 10
I don’t think they died. Didn’t Wonka have the oompa loompas bring the parent to wherever the bad kid was going to end up? Like Violet had to be “popped” right?
Post # 11
Roald Dahl was asked to write the original screenplay for the movie. Daniel Seltzer completely rewrote it and Dahl hated the new version. Willy Wonka is supposed to be a cheery, joyful candy maker. The accidents that happen to the children in the book are not planned and Wonka does his best to help them afterward. If we’re talking the book, no the children do not die. The Gene Wilder version? He’s very insistent that the children receive help just in time, so that they are near death, but do not die. The idea being to make the audience think twice about their vices. In the Johnny Depp version, well, it’s Tim Burton. If he didn’t show the characters walked out afterwards, we would have assumed they all died.
So…short answer, no they don’t die.
On a related note, I was always terrified of Through the Looking Glass, the Alice in Wonderland story with the scary dragon. The new one would have scared the crud out of me too with the Jabberwocky if I was a kid!
Post # 12
@JennyW, I totally remember that scene and for that reason never understood why it was a kids’ movie since it was so freaky. The rest of the movie was ok, not my favorite by any means. I never assumed that the kids died, nor does anyone else I know who has seen it. I have not seen the remake with Johnny Depp, but folks I know who have said it was more messed up than the original and have no desire to see it again, and they are not easily creeped out either.
Post # 13
@JennyW1:That part freaked me out so badly! I was always scared of that version, too. It just always semmed so dark for it to be a kid’s story about a chocolate factpry.
Post # 14
If you read the book – as Charlie and Willie Wonka fly over the factory you see the other children getting into trucks filled with chocolate – their Lifetime supply!
Even in the Tim Burton version you see the other kids at the end – Violet comments to her mother” I’m much more flexible now!” to which her mother responds,”Yes, but you’re Blue!”
No one ever dies, nor is it implied they died, at least not in this book!
Post # 15
@jo.lee: @Ember78: I know!
I still watch it and while it doesn’t scare me today, I’ve come to believe someone was stocking craft services with peyote the day that filmed that–it’s just too weird!
Post # 16
@JennyW, I wouldn;t be surprised at all if that was true.