Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Tunnel of Terror

Creepy Kids’ Movie #1  (con’t): Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:
Tunnel of Terror

I’m not sure what to say about this. In the middle of the movie, Wonka and his guests board a boat and proceed on a small trip that goes through a tunnel that is absolutely terrifying. At first it seems that a little out of control, but then it becomes completely crazy! Images of bugs, eyeballs, Slugworth and other disturbing images flash on the tunnel walls… and to make matters worse, Wonka appears completely insane! He starts by quietly reciting a poem that grows into a shout, all the while appearing to love the fact that his guests are losing their minds! (Just look at the reaction of Veruca Salt’s father. He even starts to repeat what Wonka is saying!) This scene is completely crazy and tells the viewer that Wonka is insane and probably shouldn’t be trusted.

What I don’t understand is why the guests don’t immediately leave the factory as soon as they get off the boat? I mean, do they remember that crazy boat ride? Is a lifetime supply of chocolate really worth dealing with a guy that may enjoy seeing each kid die?

Next post for Creepy Kids Movies will be a different film. So, this should be it for my review of scenes from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory… for now.

So, “good day, sir.”

“I said, GOOD DAY!”

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Slugworth

Creepy Kids’ Movie #1 (con’t): Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:
Slugworth:

Do I really need to say anything about this character?!?! Just look at this guy! Slugworth is just creepy. I’m not sure if it’s the way he looks or the way he talks, but he just comes across as really scary. PLUS, he kind of reminds me of the bad buy from Raiders of the Lost Ark that burns his hand on the medallion and ends up getting his face melted off. Maybe it’s the fact that they are both men with glass, a creepy voice and appear to be Nazis. – Of course, Slugworth isn’t a Nazi, as far as we know, but it’s definitely implied that he is when Charlie first runs into him. Thus, Slugworth is instantly feared. It doesn’t help that his image appears in the tunnel scene.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Overview

Creepy Kids’ Movie #1: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:
Overview

In this movie, famous, reclusive chocolate-maker (and possibly madman), Willy Wonka, sends out a limited number of golden tickets in their chocolate “Wonka” bars in order to invite children to tour his factory with one adult chaperone. The “survivor” of this tour would supposedly win a lifetime supply of chocolate and as the movie goes along the children one-by-one become caught in some sort of horrifying accident until only one remains.

Now the 21st century version (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) showed all the kids again at the end, physically changed by the incidents, but basically ok. While in the original, and far better, movie (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facotry), each child became involved in an accident and then is never seen again! The only reassurances are some comments by Wonka about how each particular child “might be ok.” It’s as if a child is caught in a factory explosion and then the foreman just shrugs his shoulders and has a song sung to him about the incident. Now that’s creepy!

Of course by the end of both movies, Charlie Bucket wins the keys to the factory by managing to not get diced up in a ceiling’s propeller blades. Sounds like fun for the whole family, right?


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory