how scary a flick it can be and why it can be the perfect gateway horror movie for kids. I know young-me and older-me still loves it, with much praise due to Gene Wilder (I'll pass on the Johnny Depp one). Wilder realized how ominous a figure Wonka could be, having him alternate between friendly-to-curt-to-terrifying with little warning. Plus, there is that boat ride which is one of the scariest scenes in any movie I've ever seen for adults or children. Observe:
This isn't to say the entire movie is scary, it is quite funny too and has a lot of satirical jabs at everything from the tabloid media's obsession with celebrities to the cold calculating ways corporations can function. Plus the lush visuals and stellar cinematography result in an all-around stellar film. "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," has wide appeal, in other words. From its horror to its humor I love it.