If there’s one “family-friendly” film that has mentally scarred more young viewers than any other in cinema history, that dubious award would certainly go to the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — itself based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl, whose stories often incorporate horrific elements and depict very young children in mortal danger.
Despite being one of the most popular “children’s films” of all time, its scenes of young children subjected to grotesque (and presumably lethal) fates within a technicolor nightmare factory designed by the candy-making tycoon (one of Gene Wilder’s most revered performances, by the way) have traumatized generations of kids — even more than The Wizard of Oz‘s flying monkeys, the “Child Snatcher” of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the “Wheelers” from Return to Oz… and we haven’t even mentioned the nightmare-inducing “Tunnel of Terror,” which many adults consider the most traumatizing scene ever depicted in an allegedly family-oriented movie.
Here’s that scene, if you’re brave enough to endure it again:
But apparently the child-murdering horrors of the original Chocolate Factory just weren’t scary enough for director-editor Nick Laurant and the digital FX gurus at Corridor, who premiered their own “R-rated cut” of the film’s child-endangerment scenes on YouTube late last week, enhancing the original “industrial candy accidents” to splattery extremes. We won’t get into the (literally) gory details; it’s better you just watch for yourself.
Editor’s Note: If you’re still in therapy from watching the original film as a kid, you may want to steer clear of this version… but fans of gory FX and macabre humor should gobble this one up like an Everlasting Gobstopper.
Just remember… we warned you!