Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory is a children’s movie, but there is one scene – the scary tunnel boat ride scene – that left many kids Deeply traumatized for life. At first it seems that a little out of control, but then it becomes completely crazy! This is where Willy Wonka reveals himself to be a total psychopath.
It all starts with a nice, relaxing boat ride down a chocolate river. Then, they enter the scary tunnel. The music gets creepy and the chocolate river looks a lot like blood.
Disgusting images begin appearing on the walls of the tunnel – a strange-looking insect, a human eyeball, a giant centipede crawling across a man’s face, a chicken getting its head cut off and a chameleon eating a bug. Everything is surrounded by a green mist that looks like farts. Then, Wonka starts quietly reciting a poem in an eerie sing-song voice.
There’s no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
Or which way the river’s flowing
Is it raining, is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a-blowing?
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of Hell a-glowing?
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
His voice grows steadily louder and louder until he is screaming like he has gone completely insane.
Yes, the danger must be growing!
For the rowers keep on rowing!
And they’re certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing!
Then, suddenly, the boats stops and everything is back to normal… well as normal as this movie ever gets.
“That is simply the most bizarre, psychotic, terrifying scene from any kids movie ever made – “Freakout” is the perfect description! Did I mention that it is also one one my all-time favorites?”
“I must say that the tunnel was always one of my favorite parts of the Willy Wonka movie. It totally freaked me out, but it was always the part I looked forward to the most.”
“Last night, my 4-year-old son and I watched the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory from 1971. At one point, I asked my son if he was scared and he calmly responded, “No, because I’m not in that tunnel.”