1. The Tunnel Scene – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
It really couldn’t have been anything else, could it? Another Roald Dahl creation, Willy Wonka is based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with the adapted screenplay written by Dahl himself.
Despite being a family film, four of the five children taken on a tour of the factory meet grisly ends. Then, Wonka’s diminutive slaves perform a choreographed song and dance about each of their respective demises.
Disturbing implications of the Oompa Loompa’s prior knowledge of their deaths aside, the most unsettling part of the film is actually the boat scene, in which the members of the tour are taken on a nightmare ride through a tunnel on a river of chocolate.
There’s a kaleidoscopic array of colors, and as Wonka hysterically recites a poem, flashing images behind him show worms slithering on a corpse, a chicken being killed and several cockroaches.
The scene is every bit as iconic as the film itself, and it’s been scarring children for generations.
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