It generally goes without saying that the content of a children’s movie is going to be much tamer than a movie meant for adult audiences. There are times though when all of the cute characters and colorful animation are really just used to disguise some pretty disturbing stories. When described in a particular way, many children’s movies reveal themselves to be just as unsettling as adult movies that are meant to challenge our sensibilities. Children can’t keep their innocence forever, but considering how dark these 10 movies actually are, it’s likely that they’ve already lost their innocence well before adolescence anyway.
10. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The Dark Plot Summary: An eccentric, reclusive owner of large candy company invites five children to his factory with the promise of a life-changing experience and systematically disposes of them one-by-one with elaborately grotesque plans and the assistance of a race of creepy humanoid dwarfs who run the plant.
The Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a beloved children’s classic about a young boy who gets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Wonka candy factory. Based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 adaptation featured a gleefully-unhinged Gene Wilder as the titular Willy Wonka. To be fair, the film is pretty creepy no matter how you describe it, particularly the nightmarish, psychedelic river boat scene. However, when you take a deeper look at what’s really going on in the film, the plot resembles a straight-up horror flick.