Fan theories can be a lot of fun to entertain, even when they’re completely ridiculous. The best of these theories make so much sense that they’re difficult to ignore. They can influence the way we read an event or a character; they can open up new angles and new interpretations. Some theories even make more sense than the events that were actually intended in the film, planting a small seed of regret in us, wishing that the filmmakers and writers had thought of it as well. Most of all, these are just fun to talk about it, trying to rationalize why they do or don’t make sense, following the bread crumbs throughout the movie to make sense of it all, or prove it wrong. And some people just love to prove everything wrong.
The theories on this list are the best of the best, even if they may be a little silly. While it’s unlikely that any of these theories are true—in fact, many have been proven to be false without a doubt—these are still the most interesting fan theories floating around internet. I’ve tried to cover a range of films and genres because all genres have fans with way too much time on their hands. I don’t claim that any of these theories are my own either, so you won’t have to explain to me why they don’t make sense. I simply want to showcase some of the more interesting and far-fetched theories out there. They may not be the most plausible theories, but they are certainly the most ridiculous movie theories to ever surface.
15. Growing Up in Jurassic Park
Remember the little kid in Jurassic Park, the one whose life is threatened by Professor Alan Grant with a Velociraptor claw at the very beginning of the film? The creepy looking kid (if you’re still confused). Well Grant tells him that he has to respect raptors. The crazy theory suggests that this kid, who was scarred for life by that crazy paleontologist, ended up working with the dinosaurs later on in life, and becoming Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, from Jurassic World. The reasoning behind this all stems from Owen saying that his relationship with the dinosaurs is one “based on respect.”
14. Swimming in Grease
There are a million “it was all a dream” theories out there; most are complete garbage, but this one actually could, I guess, be plausible. At the very end of Grease, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, as Danny and Sandy respectively, drive off toward the sunset when suddenly, the car lifts off the ground and flies away. Wait, what? That can’t happen! Well, what if the car was flying off to heaven? What if Sandy was dead and the events of Grease were all made up in her mind as she died? Early on, we hear in “Summer Nights” that Danny saved Sandy’s life because she “nearly drowned.” Another song ends with “Goodbye to Sandra Dee.” What if Danny never saved her, and Sandy actually did drown? Meh, who knows. The flying car may not make sense but neither does full-grown Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing playing high school girls.
13. Harry Potter, the Horcrux
Ok. When Ron, Hermione and Harry are carrying around a horcrux for about 33 film hours in the forest, seriously most boring part in all those movies, they begin getting a bit testy, especially ol’ grumpy guts Ron. Horcrux’s make people bitter besties, we know this. Maybe this horcrux side-effect can explain why the Dursleys are such jerks. You see, Harry himself is a horcrux, so him living in such close proximity to these muggles might have rubbed some of the ugliness off onto them. It’s actually an interesting theory. Except that it isn’t true, for a few reasons. One is that the Dursleys have always been jerks. We learn that Petunia was a snake to Lily long before Harry was popped out. Next is that it’s unclear if a horcrux effects muggles in the same way as wizards. Last is J.K. Rowling said, no dice, not true. Not in those words.
12. Post-Apocalyptic Aladdin
Instead of being set in the past, some think Aladdin could be set in a post-apocalyptic future. The proof for this comes from the genie and his dialog. First, he says to Aladdin that his fez is “much too 3rd century,” but the genie had been trapped in the lamp for about 10,000 years. How would he know? Genie also does quite a few modern impressions as well, Arnold, Jack Nicholson, Rodney Dangerfield and Groucho Marx. This would make all of the magical elements, the flying carpet and talking pets, actually real, all part of a technologically advanced society.
11. Agent Smith and The Matrix
There are quite a few theories from The Matrix but really only one makes sense, kind of. The story goes that Agent Smith, not Neo, is ‘The One’. Let’s look at some of the things we know about ‘The One’. He will be born in the Matrix, he can manipulate the Matrix and he would eventually return to the Source. Well, technically, Neo wasn’t actually born in the Matrix, but Agent Smith was. Both Neo and Agent Smith can manipulate the Matrix; it can even be argued that Agent Smith is better at it. After Neo and Agent Smith fuse, Neo joins with the source, but that means Agent Smith does as well. Then again, this all relies on the fact that the Wachowski siblings had a plan in place for the trilogy, and if the final film was any indication, that can’t be true at all.
10. Premeditated Murder in Charlie and Chocolate Factory
This one is just about as close to accurate as the theories get. If you’ve ever seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, you’ve noticed that Willy Wonka is a strange bird. As horrible fates befall each of the spoiled children who came to the chocolate factory, it begins to seem less and less like accidents. Not only do you never actually get confirmation that these missing kids are alive and well, but the Oompa Loompas have a preplanned song and dance ready for each death. Gelatin, a main ingredient in many candies, is made by boiling animal bone and skin, and Willy seemed to be expecting these deaths, expecting it to get down to only one child by end. Really, it’s not too much of a stretch to believe that’s what’s going on here.
9. Ghost Boy in Three Men and a Baby
This one is an oldie but goodie. In one scene in the film Three Men and a Baby, there’s the image of a boy (or someone) standing behind a curtain in the house (see left side, above). The rumors flew around about what or who this was. One particular urban legend caught on that a boy had died in the home that the film was shot in and that was his spirit lingering. Unfortunately, this story didn’t add up for a couple of reasons. Well, for one, the film and that scene were not shot in a house, it was filmed in a studio set. The other reason it can’t be true is because the human shape was explained. It’s actually a cardboard cut-out of Ted Danson, one of the stars of the film. The plot point that included the cut-out was cut-out from the film itself.
8. Suicidal Doc in Back to the Future
The question here asks if Doc Brown was actually suicidal, fed up with his life of failed experiments, lack of love and unfulfilled promise. The major proof for this theory rests on what took place during the first test of the DeLorean, when Doc puts his dog Einstein in the driver’s seat, sends it off and stands in the path of the car, even pulling Marty into the trajectory as well. If the experiment failed, like all Doc’s experiments tend to do, all three would have died. Doc also says that he cut his head hanging a clock in the bathroom… a weird spot for a clock. Is it possible he was trying to hang something else?
7. James Bond in The Rock
What if James Bond was captured spying in the United States and was locked up? Well, that’s the theory here. Sean Connery’s character in The Rock was trained by “British Intelligence,” he “doesn’t exist,” Britain denied knowing him, he’s an escape artist and is SAS trained. These are all traits that could be attributed to James Bond. There’s also the little nod to the super spy when Nicolas Cage first enters the interrogation room occupied by Connery. When Cage introduces himself, Connery says, “but of course you are,” a classic line from Diamonds Are Forever. While the timelines don’t quite match up, making this one a little unlikely, it does make for a cool little connection between Connery’s characters. Perhaps it’s nothing more than Sean Connery just exuding the James Bond type, so they were simply providing a backstory that is believable.
6. The Moon and The Shining
Legend has it that Stanley Kubrick was the man behind the camera for the faked moon landing. Now, if you buy that, then maybe you’ll buy that The Shining is either an apology for or an admittance of his complicity in that act. Fans will point to Danny’s Apollo 11 sweater, the weird room, room 237, a reference the 237,000 miles between Earth and the moon, and there’s a stash of Tang in the pantry, which was a drink of choice on the mission. Other hints are in Jack’s typed rant of “All work and no play,” which looks like A11 (Apollo 11), as well as the twins representing the Gemini program. Now all of this is really neat, especially if you look at Danny as the physical Apollo rocket flying to the room 237; there’s just one problem. The moon is actually an average of 375,000 miles away from Earth. Oh well.
5. The Briefcase in Pulp Fiction
The contents of the briefcase in Pulp Fiction have long been a topic of conversation for film fans. Since it’s never revealed in the movie, and Quentin Tarantino has decided to keep his thoughts secret, people have had some fun with it. The best of the bunch would have to be that the briefcase contains Marsellus Wallace’s soul. The proof goes a little something like this: The Band-Aid on the back of Marsellus’s neck covers the hole that his soul was taken from, the glow in the briefcase is beautiful and awe-inspiring to behold, the combination for the lock is “666,” and Jules and Vincent are miraculously spared when they are shot at while retrieving the briefcase. Sure, maybe it’s gold, maybe it’s the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs, who knows? But the soul thing kind of makes sense.
4. The Real Thing in The Thing
This is one of the more popular and well-known theories on this list. The idea is that, at the end of the John Carpenter’s film, as Childs (Keith David) and MacReady (Kurt Russell) freeze to death, the seemingly meaningless sharing of a drink actually reveals who “The Thing” really is. Since MacReady was throwing Molotov cocktails around earlier, the drink that he passes Childs is really gasoline. When Childs drinks it without any reaction or recoil, it becomes obvious that he is “The Thing.” Other hints would have you believe that the ominous music that starts up as Childs takes a sip and MacReady’s laughter caused by his realization all add up to one conclusion.
3. Titanic and Time Traveling
Alright, so this is more likely just James Cameron’s lack of history knowledge, but let’s take a look anyways. The theory says that Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a time traveler and his mission was to save Rose from committing suicide in the beginning to make sure that she lives, the ship sinks and history remains unchanged. If she kills herself, the ship sends out a search party, delays its launch and likely doesn’t hit the iceberg. Here’s more proof: Jack doesn’t have any money so he has to gamble to get some, there’s no record of him on the ship, he speaks of fishing in a lake that was made until 1917, his bag is from the 1930s, and he speaks of a roller coaster on Santa Monica Pier that wasn’t built until 1916. So what’s the meaning of all this? The easy answer is that Cameron just made a mistake, or several mistakes, but maybe, just maybe, Jack’s a time traveler saving a girl named Rose. I could get behind that.
2. A Funny Story in The Dark Knight
So many different theories about The Joker’s backstory have surfaced ever since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was released. Heath Ledger’s character was so mysterious and would often tell conflicting accounts of his own history, making it difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t. Like with any character, a backstory can be very important to understanding one’s motivations. Perhaps knowing who The Joker used to be would give us a glimpse into why he is who he is in the film. Well, many fans think they know him, claiming he’s a war veteran. They point to a conversation between The Joker and Harvey Dent where the Joker says that if “a truckload of soldiers is blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan.” His war experience might also help explain his familiarity with weaponry and explosives, his tactical skills, his psychosis and, most importantly, his scars.
1. Eating Disorders Drag Me to Hell
There’s a really interesting theory about the undervalued Sam Raimi comedy horror film Drag Me to Hell. The theory is that rather than being haunted by a real demon, Christine suffers from an eating disorder, one she’s had since she was a young farm girl. The proof is in the pudding, well, or, at least, it’s in the food. Every time something demonish happens, it’s food related, either taking place in the kitchen or something to do with mouths, such as vomiting into Christine’s mouth, which might be the funniest and equally disgusting scene in the movie. We know Christine was a chubby little girl, as seen in the picture which shows her as the “Swine Queen.” Even the demon, the Lamia, is a play on the Greek demon, a child-eating demon. When she sees an eye in her cake and it makes her sick, this is just Christine being haunted by her sickness, nothing more. True or not, this is a neat little theory to chew on.