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Top 10 Mind-Blowing Fan Theories in Film

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Ever find yourself watching a movie and wondering what the filmmakers are REALLY trying to say? Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 mind-blowing fan theories in film. For this list, we’re looking at the most outrageous unproven theories or popular ideas that fans have come up with about their favorite movies. Special thanks to our users Mashawnima, Liam Mo, JakeCrusher, Andrew A. Dennison, OLee Lee, Paradox2767, Jake Fraser, bazimon, zachvivian, Spideyfan-0913, Marie Scraeyen, Rotoole, Daniel Landers, Ricky Rm, TheBaconTerminator and jwiking62 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comSuggest

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Top 10 Mind Blowing Fan Theories in Film

Ever find yourself watching a movie and wondering what the filmmakers are REALLY trying to say? Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 mind-blowing fan theories in film.

For this list, we’re looking at the most outrageous unproven theories or popular ideas that fans have come up with about their favorite movies.

#10: Willy Wonka is a Killer
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971)

This theory suggests that the celebrated candy maker snapped years ago and is actually a serial killer. Those golden tickets seal the kids’ doom as they gain access to a factory Wonka has staged to pick off his victims one by one in various ways. How else do you explain the fact that there are only a specific number of seats on his ferry? Or that the Oompa Loompas are always ready with a death song? And, if you wanna go more extreme, there are even some who think Wonka’s using his childish targets as the source material for his chocolate bars!

#9: Doc Brown is Suicidal
“Back To The Future” (1985)

Dr. Emmett L. Brown is depressed he’s never had a successful experiment. He makes a half-assed effort to get himself killed by double-crossing terrorists; but finally, the scientist decides to end it once and for all… after one final effort. So, one night in 1985, he meets his friend Marty McFly and reveals his newest project – a time machine built from a DeLorean. Doc Brown steps in front of the car, and waits for the end. Only, it doesn’t hit him; it has disappears into the future. Doc has finally accomplished something and this restores his will to live! Then come the Libyans.

#8: Sandy’s Dying Dream
“Grease” (1978)

While singing “Summer Nights,” Danny boasts about Sandy: “I saved her life. She nearly drowned.” Some fans believe that this line is evidence that Sandy DID drown and “Grease” is just a dream she had before meeting her death. However, there are a few holes in this theory. Why would Sandy’s final dream include a shop class, a beauty school dropout and a teenage pregnancy? On the other hand, the end of the movie sees Sandy seemingly being flown into the cloud via a red convertible… is this a metaphor for heaven? You decide!

#7: Kubrick Faked the Moon Landing
“The Shining” (1980)

The faking of the moon landing is a conspiracy theory in and of itself but ever since this adaptation of the Stephen King novel came out, there have been many who believe the historical event has a Hollywood connection as well. These theorists believe Stanley Kubrick directed the moon landing and boldly showed it off in “The Shining.” The proof? First, little Danny wears a knitted shirt of an Apollo 11 spaceship, then there’s Kubrick’s decision to change THE room from 217 – the number in the book – to 237 – which some fans have linked to the 237,000 miles between the Earth and the Moon. The devil’s in the details.

#6: Rose’s Imaginary Friend

# “Titanic” (1997)

Was Rose so depressed at the thought of marrying Cal that she literally dreamed up her perfect man, otherwise known as Jack Dawson? True, they did meet just as Rose is about to hurl herself off the ship. And after their encounter, her confidence is suddenly loads higher. Still, if Jack was only a figment of Rose’s imagination, wouldn’t that dinner scene be a million times more awkward? And if there was no Jack, then who was behind that nude drawing of Rose?

#5: What’s in the Briefcase?
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The million-dollar question of “Pulp Fiction” lands at our halfway point. The contents of the briefcase keep on changing. The most popular guess is that Marsellus Wallace’s soul is in there. After all, legend has it that when you make a deal with the Devil, he removes your soul from the back of the head. Right where Wallace has that Band-Aid. Not to mention the fact that the briefcase’s combination is 666 – yep, the mark of the beast!

#4: Ferris Who?
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)

How can three kids spend a high-profile day on the town on a school day and not get caught? Either Ferris is just that good or he’s the product of Cameron’s daydreams! As a quiet and depressed, quiet high school-er, it’s not that farfetched to think Cameron would create an alter ego who’s cool, fearless and can do the things he’d never do in real life. Cameron even brushes Ferris off after realizing he doesn’t need him anymore to take a stand near the film’s end. [editor’s note: “it’s cool, I’m loose”]

#3: Jessie’s Owner
“Toy Story 2” (1999)

All of our hearts broke when we learned Jessie’s back-story about being a once-beloved doll that was outgrown and given away by her owner, Emily. But, what if Jessie’s owner was actually Andy’s mom?! Since Andy’s mother’s first name is never given and Jessie and Woody are from a play set that existed when she was a girl, Andy’s mom could very well be Emily. Just take a look at Andy’s cowboy hat, which looks suspiciously like Jessie’s and not his favorite toy Woody! Hey, it makes more sense than the parallels fans are drawing between the “Toy Story” franchise and “The Walking Dead,” but maybe that’s just us.

#2: The Code Name
“James Bond” franchise (1962-)

Since 1962, several different actors have stepped into the role of Bond without a single recast joke being made. This gave birth to the theory that James Bond is actually a code name and not the super spy’s real identity. Nitpickers have pointed out that he did keep the Bond name when he went rogue, but how else would you explain a man who hasn’t aged in 52 years? It’s not like he’s a time lord. Hmm, actually…

Before we uncover our top pick, let’s take a look at some honorable mentions.
- Stan Lee is Utau the Watcher in Human Form
Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-)
- Aladdin is Set in the Future
“Aladdin” (1994)
- Loveble Toruto is the God of Death
“My Neighbor Totoro” (1988)
- Indy is Stuck in a Fridge & Losing It from Radiation Poisoning
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008)
- Chewbacca & R2-D2 are Secret Rebel Agents
“Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

#1: The Pixar Theory
Pixar Universe (1995-2013)

In a nutshell, the Pixar Theory is the idea that all of the studio’s films are interconnected and that the characters essentially live within the same universe. Starting with “Toy Story” and ending with “Monsters University,” each movie is one part of a single bigger story. Due to the Easter eggs, cameos and references Pixar puts in all their movies, fans have gone so far as to build a complex timeline incorporating each production and showing the originsof magic in the 14th-15 century, how animals and objects can talk, what the world would be like 2000 years into the future, and much more. By accident or design, the Pixar theory is a brilliant one and you should check it out.

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