Forget Sweeney Todd—the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
is the most disturbing film musical ever made. Those dead-eyed Oompa
Loompas? Gene Wilder playing Wonka as a psychotic dandy barely
containing his own madness? A bunch of asshole children being
systemically killed off (that part is mostly conjecture, but we never
see what happens to them after each of their “mishaps”)? It’s creepy as
hell. And the songs! There’s a reason Marilyn Manson covered “The
Wondrous Boat Ride” on its first album. This 40th anniversary singalong
might be the only one of its kind to end with the entire audience
weeping in the fetal position. G. Crystal Ballroom. 3 pm (all ages) and 6 pm (21+) Sunday, June 26.
- Best paired with: Pabst.
- Also showing: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (Academy).