Bizarre Movie Fan Theories That Don’t Sound Too Implausible When You Really Think About Them

Thu Jul 14 2022

Movies make the world go around, and there’s nothing better than settling down after a long day with a bucket of popcorn and a new film. But many people forget that there’s a real art to moviemaking. They’re so much more than just moving pictures filled with celebrities. Movies answer questions, they re-tell history, they entertain, and they inspire deep thoughts.

Sometimes it’s easy to take movies at face value. The characters speak, the images play out on our screens, and that’s all there is to it, right? Well, not quite. Many films leave plot holes and unanswered questions, and so fans have come up with their own theories to fill in the blanks. While some of these movie fan theories seem a little too far-fetched, others seem totally plausible. In fact, some of these films now finally make sense.

Sandy Died at the Beginning of Grease, and the Rest of the Movie Is Simply a Fantasy Sequence

People can either take or leave movie musicals, but even those who aren’t normally fans of these all-singing and all-dancing movies have to admit that Grease is one of the most famous of all time. This film was chock full of fun, and Danny and Sandy brought a huge amount of this to the screen. However, one fan theory suggests that basically the whole movie was a lie – and was simply a fantasy sequence after a main character’s death.

Although Danny’s song states that “I saved her life, she nearly drowned”, this fan theory suggests that Sandy did actually die at the beginning of the movie while she was frolicking on the beach with her T-bird. The rest of the movie could have simply been Sandy playing out a fantasy in her head during her final moments, with the flying car scene at the end showing her final ascent to heaven.

Cobb’s Totem in Inception Wasn’t Actually the Spinning Top, but Was Instead His Wedding Ring

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi movie Inception certainly left many fans scratching their heads. With countless twists and turns, plot holes, and mind-bending dreams, this film divided opinions – but a large portion of viewers fell completely in love with it. This was largely thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio, who took on the leading role as Dom Cobb and was rarely without his supposed totem; his spinning top. But what if the spinning top wasn’t his totem?

One fan theory suggests that the spinning top was just a decoy, and that Cobb’s wedding ring was, in fact, the real totem. This theory is backed up by the fact that Cobbs is only ever wearing the ring when he’s in a dream sequence, but never when he’s awake. It would also help fans understand the cliff-hanger ending and the question as to whether Cobb is awake or dreaming at the end of the movie, as he wasn’t wearing his wedding ring in this very last scene.

The Shining Is Stanley Kubrick’s Confession That He Helped the Government Stage the Moon Landing

From the “Heeeeere’s Johnny” to the twins in the hallway, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie The Shining has so many iconic moments. Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name, this movie became an instant hit and is still considered today to be one of the most legendary movies of all time. However, some fans believe that this movie was actually Stanley Kubrick’s way of confirming his involvement in the “staged” moon landing of 1969.

Apparently, Kubrick changed many aspects of the original novel to fit his confession. He changed the hotel room number from 217 to 237 (as the average distance from the Earth to the Moon was thought to be 237,000 miles back then), he changed the book’s single slain child to have twins in reference to NASA’s Gemini program, and Danny wore a sweater that featured the Apollo 11 rocket.

Titanic’s Jack Dawson Was a Time Traveler Who Went Back in Time to Save Rose’s Life

In 1997, the movie world was graced with a movie that, still to this day, is considered to be one of the best cinematic masterpieces out there. Titanic saw James Cameron bring the RMS Titanic disaster to the screen, with the added help of Kate Winslet (who played Rose Dewitt Bukater) and Leonardo DiCaprio (who played Jack Dawson). In the movie, we see Jack win his ticket in a card game… but was he actually a time traveler in disguise?

One fan theory certainly seems to think so. This popular theory suggests that Jack is actually from the future and only boarded RMS Titanic to save Rose’s life. This is backed up by the fact that Jack often looks out of place with his hairstyle, clothing, and accessories (including a backpack that only really became popular in the 1930s), and he once spoke about riding a rollercoaster at the Santa Monica Pier (which didn’t exist until after the Titanic sank).

Nemo in Finding Nemo Didn’t Exist and Was Just a Figment of His Father’s Imagination

Animated movies have always managed to win over the hearts of fans across the globe, and Finding Nemo was no different. This wayfaring story about a lost child and a loyal father reigned supreme when it was released in 2003, but one fan theory suggests that the movie wasn’t quite as it seemed. In fact, it’s been suggested that Nemo didn’t even exist – and that the whole story is an allegory for the five stages of grief.

In the opening scene, Nemo is seemingly the only egg that survives the barracuda attack – but this theory suggests that Marlin only imagined that one of his children survived. He invented Nemo in his mind to cope with the loss of his wife and family, and as the movie progresses, he comes to terms with this grief. What makes this theory even more plausible is the fact that “Nemo” in Latin actually translates to “nobody.”

The Joker in The Dark Knight Is a War Veteran Who Is Experiencing Severe PTSD After Active Duty

There have been many iterations of the Joker over the years, but many fans agree that the late Heath Ledger’s character was by far the best. The supervillain appeared in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight and proved to the world that he was weird, wacky, violent, and downright bizarre. But some fans suggest that this wasn’t the true nature of the Joker. Instead, he was simply a product of his past experiences.

This theory actually suggests that the Joker actually started off his adult life as a military man and that he served in the Iraq War as a soldier – obtaining multiple facial scars and disfigurements in the process. It’s believed that he struggled with PTSD after active duty, which caused him to become the mentally unbalanced supervillain we saw in the movie. Plus, this theory would also explain why he knows so much about weapons.

Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Is Actually a Serial Killer Who Pre-Planned the Kids’ Accidents

While the debate as to whether the original or the Johnny Depp remake of the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory story is better is still ongoing, there’s no denying that this classic children’s tale has some dark undertones. Although we’re glad things work out for Charlie and his family, the same can’t be said for the other children who make their way into the factory. But one fan theory suggests that these “accidents” weren’t accidents at all.

This theory suggests that the bizarre chocolatier is actually a serial killer, who lured the children to his chocolate factory in order to act out his pre-planned accidents. Throughout the movie, we see that Wonka is completely unfazed by the fact that the children are being ticked off one by one, and his Oompa Loompas are even ready and waiting with a pre-prepared song once the “accident” happens. Is that because it was all part of his master plan?

The Dursleys Were Only Mean to Harry in the Harry Potter Series Because He Was a Horcrux

Across seven books and eight movies, Muggles around the world fell in love with the magical story of Harry Potter. Throughout this series, though, it was fair to see that Harry’s life in the Muggle world was less than ideal – mostly because of his horrible aunt, uncle, and cousin. However, one fan theory suggests that the Dursleys weren’t actually bad people. They were simply feeling the effects of Lord Voldemort’s accidental Horcrux.

Although Voldemort didn’t intend to make an eighth Horcrux, Harry took on that burden. And as we learned throughout the whole series, a Horcrux can severely impact its surroundings and the people around it in a negative way – just as we saw was the case with the Slytherin locket. So, it’s been suggested that Harry was having that same impact on his family, who were simply feeling the effects of this negative vibe.

The Mysterious and Glowing Briefcase in Pulp Fiction Contained the Soul of Marsellus Wallace

Quentin Tarantino’s films almost always become cult classics, and that’s certainly been the case with Pulp Fiction. This 1994 movie featured an all-star cast and some unanswered questions that have plagued fans for years. One of them just has to be… “What was in the briefcase?” The movie itself didn’t answer this question, but fans have come up with their own interpretations – and many believe it to contain the soul of Marsellus Wallace.

This theory suggests that the hitmen spend the movie carrying the soul of their gangster boss after he previously sold his soul to the devil. This is seemingly backed up by the fact that the briefcase emits a heavenly glow, the combination to open the case is ‘666’ (the number most commonly associated with the devil), and the fact that Marsellus himself has a bandage on the back of his head. After all, it was noted in the bible that the devil will still your soul from the back of your head.

Home Alone Is the Origin Story of Serial Killer Jigsaw From the Saw Movies, And Kevin McAllister Grows up to Become Jigsaw

There are many instances where origin stories dominate the Hollywood movie scene, but this theory is something many fans haven’t considered before. After all, while Home Alone may feature some violence and light torture, many see it as a fun, family-friendly holiday film. However, this theory suggests that Home Alone is actually the origin story of Jigsaw from the Saw movies. And that means Kevin becomes Jigsaw.

Fans seem to believe this theory for many reasons; the first being the fact that they are extremely similar in terms of their looks and their personality. Both Kevin and Jigsaw have blonde hair and blue eyes, they both are extremely talented at making traps, and they both have violent tendencies. As if that wasn’t enough, Kevin hallucinates a scenario where the furnace in the basement turns into a monster – which is eerily similar to the scene in Saw II where Jigsaw burns someone alive in a furnace.

Ferris Doesn’t Exist in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but Is Instead a Figment of Cameron’s Imagination

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will always be the ultimate coming-of-age movie. This John Hughes concoction has entertained fans for decades, and main characters Ferris and Cameron have been a huge part of that. But one fan theory suggests that everything we know has been a lie, as the existence of Ferris has been called into question. In fact, it’s been noted that he was just a figment of Cameron’s imagination.

The theory is supported by the notion that Ferris is everything that Cameron wishes he could be. Ferris is confident and popular, while Cameron is awkward and uncool. So, Cameron concocts this imaginary friend to take him on a journey of self-discovery, and to allow himself to let loose and enjoy what life really has to offer without being held back by his own hang-ups.

Sid From the Original Toy Story Movie Is Seen Later on as the Garbage Man in the Third Movie

Pixar movies are known for intricately woven easter eggs and minute details, and Toy Story is no different. This fan favorite may have been released in 1995, but fans still love to watch it – and the subsequent sequels. And while there’s no doubt about the fact that there are details in the first Toy Story movie and the third movie, one theory seems to have slipped under the radar. And that theory involves the former neighborhood bully, Sid.

In the first movie, Sid is a menace to the toy population and showed his true colors when he put the lives of many of the toys in danger. But eagle-eyed fans spotted something about the garbage man in the third movie that seems to link him to Sid; the same skull T-shirt. This theory suggests that, after learning as a child that the toys were alive, he became a garbage man to save any toys that were thrown in the trash from an untimely demise.

The Shape of Water’s Elisa Was Also Part-Fish, and the Movie Was All About Discovering This Part of Herself

You don’t get many movies in Hollywood that follow a love story between a human and a fish, but that’s exactly what Guillermo del Toro’s 2017 romantic fantasy brought us. While many would say that this movie doesn’t exactly leave much room for interpretation, one fan theory actually makes a lot of sense. It’s been suggested that Elisa is also part-fish, but that she doesn’t realize this until her relationship with the Amphibian Man grows.

These fans believe that this theory is extremely plausible, especially as Elisa doesn’t speak and not much is known about her background or her heritage – or why she then grows gills at the end of the movie. It’s been suggested that this is because she also has this fish gene inside of her, and that the movie showcases her transformation and her discovery of this long-lost part of her anatomy.

E.T Is a Jedi, and He Can Also Be Found in the Star Wars Universe

When it comes to iconic movies, E.T The Extra-Terrestrial and the Star Wars franchise have to be at the top of the list. These movies have been watched by billions of people across the globe, and they have their own separate fan bases. However, one theory suggests that they’re not separate at all. It’s been noted that there’s a deep connection between the two and that the E.T creature can also be found in the Star Wars universe.

In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, you can actually see creatures that look just like the E.T Elliott finds in the iconic Steven Spielberg movie – and many believe this isn’t a coincidence. In fact, they believe that E.T is actually a Jedi and that Spielberg and George Lucas planned this to be so. The two filmmakers are extremely good friends, and creating a link between their two movies wouldn’t be completely unbelievable.

The Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park Weren’t Real, but Were an Elaborate Scheme Thought up by John Hammond

In 1993, Steven Spielberg provided the world with the beginning of a Jurassic adventure that’s still ongoing today. Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs back to life after years of extinction in a film series that entertained, shocked, and confused us. And while some fans believe that the scientists really did use historic dinosaur DNA to bring dinosaurs back to life, one fan theory suggests otherwise.

This theory suggests that the park was actually just a detailed and elaborate scheme thought up by park creator John Hammond. It’s believed that, instead of using dinosaur DNA, he simply used existing animal DNA and engineered them to look how people would imagine dinosaurs to look. He once even confessed that he started his career by creating a flea circus designed to trick kids. This would explain why none of the dinosaurs in the park looked very historically accurate

Donkey in Shrek Is One of the Lost Boys From Pinnochio That Was Turned Into a Donkey

If you’ve watched the hilarious animated movie, Shrek, you’ll know that this film takes a lot of inspiration from fairytales. This movie – and the subsequent sequels – features the three little pigs, the gingerbread man, the three blind mice, and so much more. It even includes Pinnochio, which suggests that there are more characters from that specific fairytale. And according to one fan theory, it does.

This theory revolves around one of the main characters, Donkey. It’s believed that Donkey also comes from the original Pinnochio story and was once one of the Lost Boys of Pleasure Island who was turned into a donkey. This is backed up by the fact that the donkeys in Pinnochi were still able to talk and have memories of being human – and Donkey in Shrek even told Puss in Boots that he once remembered wearing underwear.

The Name James Bond Is a Code Name, Rather Than the Name of a Singular Person

When it comes to spy movies, no film does it quite like the James Bond franchise. The first movie dropped in 1963, and since then has gone on to become a multi-million-dollar franchise that has fans across the globe. But everyone knows that this series has seen countless actors become 007, so how can they all be James Bond? Well, one fan theory suggests that James Bond is actually a generic code name.

This reportedly explains the continuity error of having six different actors play the same man, as “James Bond” is a name given to the new spy each time MI6 wants to switch things up. These fans also believe that’s why the spy doesn’t mind flaunting the name “Bond, James Bond” everywhere he goes, because it’s not actually his name. It’s simply a code name and cannot be traced back to a real person.

The ”Real World” in The Matrix Is Not Real at All, but Is Just Another Layer of the Matrix

The Matrix is one of those movie franchises that really makes you think. Are we living in the real world, or are we simply living a life that is designed for us? Whatever you believe, it seems as though the movies themselves have opened up a huge realm for possibilities – and even some rather plausible fan theories. One particular theory suggests that the “real world” we see in the movie isn’t real at all.

Instead, this “real world” is just another layer of the Matrix that has been designed for the people who want to reject the Matrix as a whole. Although those in this outer Matrix believe that they are living a free life and fighting against the evil machine, the reality is that this “freedom” has been designed as a false reality. The only person able to reject both of these false realities is the One.

The Trolls in Frozen Actually Kidnapped Kristoff When He Was a Baby and Raised Him as a Slave

Disney’s Frozen took the world by storm when it was released in 2010. The animation, the storyline, the characters, the songs, and the general Disney vibes of the movie made everyone happy – and while the trolls were certainly a welcome addition to the movie, one fan theory suggests their backstory was a little more sinister than we thought. Were they kidnappers?

Although we learn that Kristoff was raised by the trolls, we never learn how he came to be in their lives. And considering Disney love to do their research and make their movies as accurate as possible, his backstory might have something to do with a classic Scandinavian myth whereby trolls kidnap babies and replace them with their own. Even when Kristoff and Sven first meet the trolls on-screen, one of them says “I think I’ll keep you.”

The Language in Guardians of the Galaxy Is Juvenile Because Starlord Left Earth When He Was 8 Years Old

New Marvel movies are becoming increasingly funny – and that normally has something to do with the fact that the language is a little less PG than some of the earlier films. And while Guardians of the Galaxy is full of laughs, the language is a little more juvenile than some of its movie friends. In fact, the movie is rated PG-13 and the profanity isn’t as mature as what we’re used to. One fan theory explains why that is.

This theory suggests that we’re actually listening to Guardians of the Galaxy through Starlord’s universal translator that we learn about in the movie’s first mugshot scene. And considering Starlord left planet Earth when he was eight years old, his universal translator is still stuck on the language he would have used when he was eight. As such, any profanity used is what an eight-year-old would have been familiar with, rather than a more mature adult.

President Snow Used The Hunger Games to Assess Each District’s Insurgency Capabilities

The Hunger Games thrust Hollywood icon Jennifer Lawrence into the limelight as we watched her take on brutal challenges in a set of games put in place by the evil President Snow. And while it’s clear for every fan of this movie to see that Snow used the Hunger Games as a propaganda tool to keep each district in its place and to keep those in the Capitol at the top, one fan theory also suggests that it was used as a test to assess each district’s insurgency capabilities.

Eager to avoid riots and rebellions, Snow was able to keep an eye on the younger generation each year as they made their way into the Hunger Games. By watching the games and looking at each tribute’s capabilities, he was able to obtain vital information about how well equipped they were to potentially overthrow the Capitol. That would explain why he tried to keep districts one and two happy, as they were the most physically advanced and would be able to overthrow him better than any other district.

Peter Parker Was the Little Kid in the Mask at the Stark Expo in Iron Man 2

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has provided us with all kinds of superheroes, villains, and characters. And while there’s no doubt about the fact that Marvel’s Spiderman came much later than Iron Man, it seems as though these two have been intertwined from the beginning. In fact, we saw our first glimpse of Peter Parker in 2010 – even though Spiderman didn’t officially enter the Marvel Universe until 2016.

This fan theory has actually now been confirmed, and we can tell you with confidence that the young kid we saw confront a robot at the Stark Expo in Iron Man 2 was actually a young Peter Parker. Considering Peter was always the ultimate fan-girl of Iron Man, it should come as no surprise that he begged his Aunt May to let him attend the Stark Expo back in the day. Stark even congratulated the young guy, who would later go on to become his superhero partner in crime.

Twilight’s Bella Is Not Fully Human, but Is Instead Part-Werewolf Like Jacob

Thanks to the work of writer Stephanie Meyer, we were able to immerse ourselves in a world full of vampires and werewolves, and it wasn’t long before her Twilight book series was made into a movie series. These movies saw Kristen Stewart step into the driver’s seat as Bella Swan, a human who falls in love with a vampire and has a deep connection with a werewolf. But was Bella really human?

One fan theory suggests that Bella was not actually a full human but was instead a part werewolf. This theory is supported by the fact that werewolves often throw vampire powers off course, and many of the vampires who encounter Bella over the years are unable to read her mind or even torture her. It’s also been suggested that this theory explains why Bella is able to have a baby with a vampire – something very rarely achieved between a human and a vampire.

Ratatouille Critic Ego Surrenders to Remy’s Food Because the Rat Learned to Cook in Ego’s Mom’s Kitchen

It’s not every day you see a rat become a hugely successful chef, but that’s exactly what Ratatouille has provided us with. Within this movie, we were able to learn a little more about the harsh food critic Ego – and we were able to see that he was tough and almost impossible to please. However, Remy was eventually able to do so, and one fan theory explains why.

This theory suggests that Ego is able to pull down his walls and enjoy Remy’s food because it tastes like his mother’s food. at the beginning of the movie, we see Remy learn all of his cooking tricks from one particular person in one particular house – and that house just happened to be Ego’s mom’s house. Remy was watching Ego’s mom cook, which meant that his cooking tasted like Ego’s childhood.