Effects Team Show The Gruesome Truth Behind Willy Wonka

Did you find Willy Wonka unsettling as a child? We wouldn’t blame you if you were creeped out by the eccentric candy maker who is, at least in the original film’s adaptation – a psychopath. Not only does he dispose of spoiled brats in some truly horrifying ways, he is the operator of a boat ride that features a scene where chickens are decapitated. Yeah, that scene in the tunnel is real nightmare fuel! The original film didn’t show the various children at its conclusion, meaning that aside from the hero Charlie we have no idea if they survived their visit to the chocolate factory. 

To refresh your memory, the other children on the tour are sucked through a tight tube system, turned into a giant blueberry, shrunk to the size of a mouse, or shot into an incinerator. They might have been rude little horrors, but this seems just a little extreme. If you rewatch the classic children’s film, you might find yourself asking – is therapy covered by insurance? Because these kids are going to need serious counselling after crossing paths with Mr Wonka. 

Niko, Clint and Nick of the Collider Crew VFX team wanted to show the gruesome outcomes of some of Wonka’s traps in a new video shared on their YouTube channel. The show begins with discussion between the artists on how they came up with the concept and how to execute the bloodthirsty killings. The R-Rated version begins with young Charlie viciously stabbing a man to death in an alley in order to steal his prized golden ticket. The action kicks off when Augustus Gloop defies Wonka’s orders not to drink from the chocolate river and ends up stuck in a high pressure pipe. In a possible homage to Braindead/Dead Alive – a model of the boy quickly loses his brains as the pressure in the pipe builds. 

The blueberry scene takes a sinister turn exploring how the child might become a key ingredient in Wonka’s new range of blueberry chocolate snacks. Even Mike Teevee, the most likeable of the other kids who’s only real crime is being addicted to watching television, meets an end that would feel right at home in a body horror film like The Fly. And dear old Grandpa Joe doesn’t get off the hook either. Wonka has obviously been taking tips from jigsaw as the elderly man falls victim to a Saw-like trap. 

This isn’t the first time that the team has added some horror to classic children’s movies. They also upped the gore factor in Home Alone and a selection of Marvel films to better reflect the deadly nature of the fights and traps. What do you think of the updated version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Would you like to see any other childhood films given the R-Rated treatment?