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Nightmare Fuel: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Given Roald Dahl's love for Black Comedy, the surrealism of the film adaptations, and the darker twists placed on the bad kids' fates in the 2013 stage musical, nightmare fuel is inevitable in any telling of this story.


  • The original draft of the book was much more violent, with children being burned to death FROM THE INSIDE OUT, ground to powder while screaming in agony, drowning, cut to ribbons, crushed, etc. In fact, Violet seemed to be the only survivor along with Charlie.
  • The possible fates of the naughty children and Wonka's cavalier attitude towards them (e.g. when Veruca falls down the garbage chute, he glibly points out that the incinerator is only turned on every other day). Rule of Funny allows these to be Amusing Injuries rather than horrific accidents and the children ultimately end up (mostly) unharmed, however, the whole situation seems to be rather macabre.
    • Especially frightening if you're claustrophobic, and don't know that the kids survive their punishments. This makes Augustus Gloop's and Veruca's demises way scarier.
  • Veruca's scene is particularly nightmare-inducing if one thinks the scene over. She is forcibly held down (by squirrels), for quite some time, touched on shoulder and face while helpless, has her head patted to determine whether she is "good" (possibly with the knowledge that if yes, the squirels will attempt to crack her head), and then thrown down the chute. Does This Remind You of Anything? Little wonder that both the 1971 film and most stage adaptations make Veruca simply step on the chute door instead. This is the only demise with such aggressive subtext.

1971 film:

2005 film:

  • The opening sequence of the factory's production line is oddly eerie, and the music downright sinister. The film is darker than the 1971 version, but it isn't a damn horror flick!
  • Johnny Depp's portrayal of Wonka as a reclusive, downright creepy Mad Scientist.
    • Depp says it was partially inspired by the eccentric, unsettling nature of many a children's TV presenter; he wondered what it would be like if someone had those mannerisms all the time.
  • The puppets burning before the kids enter the factory.
  • The fact that Wonka was very calm about all the other kid's trials, EXCEPT VIOLET'S. The fact that Willy Wonka was running and hiding for cover made it horrifying (plus all the build-up and new graphics that made it look insanely real), he even begged for Violet to stop chewing the gum- "Hah hah, yeah! Spit it out."
  • The squirrel scene.
  • Christopher Lee as a dentist.
  • Violet Beauregard being all floppy and boneless as they leave the factory is straight out of The Exorcist. Shiver.
    • it looked more like Nightmare Retardant: the other kids just got humiliated, she got Rubber Man powers(and blue/purple skin).
    • Also, Violet's blueberry transformation was even bigger and more frightening. And the Mike Teevee musical sequence (Shout-Out to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody).
  • The images of the house, Willy Wonka's flashback to his childhood, and the scene where the puppets in front of the factory suffer a Sugar Apocalypse from the fireworks were DEFINITE nightmare fuel.
  • The whole factory gets rather horrific undertones in Burton's version, especially the melting dolls and the slowed-down song track.
  • Violet's mother, especially during the press conference. Her wide, unblinking, permanent smile combined with her pink sports suit, blonde hair and excessive make up crosses into Uncanny Valley territory with how much she looks like a psycho Barbie doll.

2013 Stage Musical

  • With regards to the fates of Augustus, Violet, Veruca and her dad, three little words...Death by Adaptation. Hope you love Black Comedy, kids!
    • Especially how eager the Oompa-Loompas are to eat the "candied pork" that Augustus Gloop will be turned into!

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