There are some parts or moments in movies that just don’t seem to make sense. There are other times that certain sections in movies seem to click with others, creating some hair-brained story on how they might be in the same cinematic universe. That, my friend, is the basis of many movie theories. Theorists can come up with crazy ideas — and not just in the movie business. When it comes to movies, however, it almost makes it seem like the story is never truly over when the credits roll — that, in some way, the move has an extra layer that the director, screenwriter, or whoever wants the viewer to find and exploit.
Grab your popcorn and extra large coke because here are 15 movie theories that strangely make sense.
(Warning: Beware of Possible Spoilers)
15. Saw and Home Alone- Kevin McAllister is the Jigsaw Killer
In Saw, the Jigsaw Killer, John Kramer, makes elaborate and disturbing traps in order to punish people. In the Home Alone series, young Kevin McCallister is trapped at home, alone (hence the title), and makes traps for the two burglars that break in. If you watch the Home Alone series, you know that Harry and Marv should’ve died about a thousand times.
For all we know, Kevin McCallister’s self-defense could’ve evolved so that his traps were more lethal. That and having been left alone and stuck with two wise guys in his house would give him plenty of psychological trauma. That means that innocent Kevin McAllister grew up, changed his name to John Kramer, and became the Jigsaw Killer. It’s so crazy it must be true, right?!
14. Peter Pan- Pan, the Angel of Death
Everyone knows about Peter Pan, right? He and his fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, take dear Wendy, John, and Michael to the wondrous Neverland where they meet mermaids, fool around with The Lost Boys, and fight that ol’ cod fish, Captain Hook.
Now, are you ready for your childhood to be ruined?
According to this theory, Peter Pan is actually the Angel of Death taking deceased children to the afterlife. It would explain his boyish appearance and why The Lost Boys never seem to age. It would also tell us why most of them won’t return home — it’s because they’re dead. As for Wendy, Michael, and John . . . well, they must’ve gotten lucky. But it’s a morbid thing to think about that makes sense in its own twisted way.
13. Harry Potter- The real reason why the Dursleys are evil
Whether you’re a Gryffindor or a Slytherin, all Harry Potter fans can agree that the Dursleys are plain evil. Ever since Harry was left on their doorstep, they’ve been nothing but cruel to the boy who lived.
But what if it’s not exactly their fault? In The Deathly Hallows, we see Harry and Hermione’s longtime friend, Ron Weasley, turn into a jerk when he’s in possession of the locket Horcrux (which is a dark object that contains a piece of Lord Voldemort’s soul) all the way to the point where he leaves the trio because he thought they were talking behind his back. Later on, it’s revealed that Harry himself is a Horcrux. So, if Ron became an ass after being in possession of a Horcrux for a few weeks, imagine what would happen if a certain family was left with one for over a decade. That’s what this theory suggests: that the Dursleys are mean because Harry is a Horcrux.
12. The Dark Knight- The Joker’s True Origin
Heath Ledger‘s performance as The Joker is probably one of his more famous roles. He completely reimagined the character into something more sinister than he already was. But this fresh take on ‘The Clown Prince of Crime’ is similar to his other counterparts in one way: his origin. Nobody knows who he is or how he got ‘those scars.’ That’s what makes him so great!
This theory, however, may have cracked the mystery wide open: the Joker is a war veteran. This is backed up by his knowledge and use of assault weapons and explosives, his knowledge of military funeral processions, and that famous quote “A truck full of soldiers blows up and nobody bats an eye…” show that he may be a former soldier who’s striking back against a country that wronged him. Now, how do you think he got those scars?
11. Frozen- The Secret Sibling
If you haven’t seen or heard of the Disney movies Tarzan or Frozen, you’re obviously lying. One is a timeless classic with songs by the legendary Phil Collins, and the other has catchy music that won’t allow you to let it go (I’m so sorry). Whether or not you love the music, one has to admit that these are both great movies in their own right.
Now, what if I told you that they were connected?
Sure, everyone now accepts that the Disney universe takes place in (roughly) the same universe, but not many characters across movies are connected by blood. That’s right — this theory states that Tarzan is the brother of Elsa and Anna and that his parents are the queen and king that supposedly lost their lives at sea (also Ariel is supposed to have found the wreckage in The Little Mermaid). Not only does this theory shed some light on the fate of Elsa and Anna’s parents; it was also actually confirmed by the director of Frozen!
10. The 007 Series- “James Bond” is a Codename
There’s more to this spy than meets the eye. No, he’s not a Transformer; he’s very human. Or should I say, they are very human? This theory suggests that the constant change in actors is not just a contract issue or a constant reboot of the series but instead that James Bond is actually a codename for top MI6 agents. It would explain why no one really questions why his face changes.
But what about Skyfall?
In the movie where David Craig portrays the suave spy, we see the gravestones of his parents. Their last names are Bond, so this theory is a bust, right? Well, maybe. But it could be that James (or whoever he really is) has had his mind altered to cover it up. Say what you will about this theory, but it doesn’t change the fact that the series is great as a whole.
9. Grease- Sandy is Dead
Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, was, and still is, critically acclaimed for being one of the best movies of the ’70s. Based on the play of the same name, Grease tells the story about Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsen during their romantic romp throughout the summer. At the end of the film, we see Sandy and Danny drive off into the sunset in a flying red convertible.
That’s right. A flying red convertible.
Now, this film takes place during the 1950s, so obviously, this isn’t a sci-fi flick. So, how can this be? Well during one of Danny’s songs, he explains how he met Sandy: “I saved her life, she nearly drowned.” So Danny saved Sandy from drowning at the beach, right? Wrong. This theory suggests that Sandy is, in fact, dead and that the entire movie is one big hallucination as her brain is slowly losing oxygen. Talk about ruining a classic, right?
8. Back To the Future- Doc Brown’s Murder/Suicide
Another classic on this list, Back to the Future, is about failed scientist-turned-time traveler Doc Brown and his counterpart and hoverboard rocking counterpart Marty McFly. Filled with comedy, action, and Marty trying to beat off the advances of his teenage mother during 1955 (yes, you read that right), this movie spawned multiple sequels and was loosely responsible for inspiring the show Rick and Morty.
Isn’t is strange, however, that Doc Brown decided to point the time-traveling DeLorean directly at himself and Marty? If it were to have failed, then the Libyan terrorists wouldn’t have to worry about killing Doc because he’d be dead. Then again, that might’ve been his goal all along. This theory suggests that due to his multiple failed projects, Doc Brown was going to kill himself! I mean, it would make sense if he pointed it at himself: if the machine failed, he would already be dead. But why kill Marty? Maybe so he wouldn’t tell anyone? Perhaps, it’s because he doesn’t want to put his young friend in danger from the terrorists, and this is the only way to do it? We don’t know, but all we can say is that Doc obviously found a new purpose in life after his machine worked.
7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull- He chose wisely indeed
Let’s be honest: Indiana Jones is a badass. And all of his adventures are awesome. Well, almost all of them. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wasn’t a bad film, but it definitely didn’t fit the style of the previous three movies. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade all focused on the occult and supernatural elements, while Kingdom focused on aliens. And it created its own version of Jumping the Shark: Nuking the Fridge.
During Indy’s escape from a Nuclear Blast, he hides in a lead-lined fridge and waits until he’s safely landed. In real life, that wouldn’t work — he would’ve suffocated or burned to death from the heat. But yet, our whip-cracking adventurer climbs out as though nothing happened. But what if that’s because Indy unknowingly was prepared? During The Last Crusade, Indiana drank out of the Holy Grail — you know — the cup that caught the blood of Jesus Christ and also healed the bullet wound that his father sustained. What if drinking water from that sacred chalice actually made him immortal and invincible? It would also explain how a man of his age is still able to beat the crap out of Nazis… or Russians, to be more exact. He’s not tough; he just can’t be killed.
6. Toy Story 2- The identity of Jesse’s former owner
Toy Story 2 is a great film and much better than its predecessor. During this film, Buzz Lightyear and a group of Andy’s toys set off to rescue Woody from the greedy Al. During his ‘imprisonment,’ he meets other characters from his toy line: Bullseye the Horse, Stinky Pete, and Jesse. During an argument that Woody and Jesse have, we see her backstory on how she was separated from her owner. And it’s a real tear jerker at that.
We never see Jesse’s owner’s face… or do we? This theory suggests that Andy’s mom is none other than the little girl that heartlessly gave up Jesse. The evidence? Andy’s hat. His hat matches Jesse’s, not Woody’s. Also, by matching up the girl’s ’60s pop-culture obsession with Andy’s mom’s age, it would fit that she would’ve wanted to share a piece of her childhood with her son.
5. The Rock- The name is Mason, John Mason
The Rock — starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery — is about former Alcatraz inmate John Mason (Connery) and FBI agent Stanley Goodspeed (Cage) going against a group of rogue US soldiers before they can launch a biochemical terrorist attack.
Many Connery fans also know him as the first James Bond in Dr. No. Believe it or not, this actually brings up the idea that Sean Connery is actually still playing James Bond in The Rock! Other than being a highly trained individual, the timing also fits. Also, going along with the James Bond is a Codename theory, it would make sense when it’s stated that he doesn’t exist in the U.S. or Great Britain. He wouldn’t exist because the MI6 would’ve replaced him!
4. Hercules and The Little Mermaid- The Greek Family Tree
Now, this theory actually has some evidence to back it up. It states that Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Hercules from… well, Hercules are actually related. Granted, the Greek God Family Tree is more like half-tree, half-branch with all the incest, but it does work out.
This is a simple-yet-interesting theory if you know the Greek God Family Tree. See, Zeus and Poseidon are brothers. King Triton (Ariel’s Father) is Poseidon’s son and Zeus’s nephew. Hercules is Zeus’s son. This makes Triton and Hercules cousins. Throw in Ariel, and that makes her and the slayer of the Nemean lion cousins once removed.
3. Marvel Cinematic Universe- Uatu the Watcher
Stan Lee is considered to be one of the most influential figures in the Marvel Company’s history, soon becoming the face of the company. At ninety-four years old, this mustached Marvel mastermind is still kicking it strong in both the comics and in film.
Speaking of the film industry, many viewers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s numerous movies will be able to spot Stan Lee in them. He might just be a background character or even interact with the protagonists themselves. Even though this is probably a thing that Marvel Movies are doing now, it might actually be a part of the MCU’s lore. Uatu the Watcher is a mystical being in the Marvel Universe who watches the events of space and time pan out. Seeing that Stan has appeared in every crucial moment in nearly every movie makes him a perfect candidate for being this supernatural seer.
2. Signs- Aliens and Demons
Signs, the sci-fi cult classic created by M. Night Shyamalan, is about aliens who invade earth and attack the home of a priest and his daughter. The film itself is solid, but the aliens in them are as mind-boggling as they are hard to spot in the film. See, the Aliens in Signs are deathly allergic to water — as in they burn to death at the mere touch of the stuff. So why in the world would they invade a planet that’s made mostly of poison to them?
This theory suggests that the Aliens aren’t actually Aliens at all but are, in fact, demons that are sent to test the faith of Graham Hess, a former priest. And as for the water, it’s theorized that it’s holy water blessed by Hess’s daughter, who is constantly described as an angel throughout the film. Seeing how many glasses of water she leaves around the house, the Hess family is packing heat against the demons (if that’s what they really are).
1. Ghostbusters 2- Everyone is dead
Ghostbusters was a smash hit. It’s sequel, Ghostbusters 2, kind of failed to deliver. The plot was more or less a rehashing of the first, and it had a big “jump the shark” moment. Still, the series is great in its own wacky way.
Another theory to kill your childhood is this: Venkman, Spengler, Zeddemore, and Stanz are dead. They are, in fact, in a purgatory-style version of New York. That would explain why the plot was much like the first, in some ways (and also, how they were able to turn the freaking Statue of Liberty into a ghost-fighting robot!). When Egon Spengler says that crossing the streams of their ghost-fighting machines would kill them, it actually did. And do you really think that Egon would be wrong with something like that?
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