There’s no Earthly way of knowing which direction we are going after taking a literal and figurative trip on Willy Wonka’s boat ride from Hell.
If you were fortunate enough to have the Gene Wilder-starring “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” as part of your regular movie viewing schedule as a child, then chances are extremely high that you’re just as traumatized as I am by Willy and the gang’s disturbing jaunt through the chocolate river’s tunnel. Boasting some of the most memorable and unsettling lyrics and imagery ever committed to film, this “Willy Wonka” scene is a hallmark of my childhood, one that terrified me to the core on my first viewing and one that still sends shivers down my spine when I think about it too hard today.
That’s why I’m giddier than a boy on illegally acquired Fizzy Lifting Drinks to present to you this exclusive clip from the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” Ultimate Collector’s Edition, out on DVD today (October 18). Celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary — yes, it’s been 40 years, believe it or not — by revisiting Mr. Wonka’s more than questionable decision to lead a group of children and their adult guardians down a sugary sweet river of doom.
Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a blowing? The answer is no: that’s just your carefully reconstructed sanity shattering into little pieces upon revisiting the boat ride from Hell. Sorry to do that to you, folks!
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