The fabled wrecker of many a childhood's innocence, Return to Oz hit theatres in 1985 and parents were outraged that what they assumed was going to be another super happy Technicolor shot of whimsy turned out to be a bizarre and incredibly dark trip through an Oz that has become a wasteland. The very young were scarred forever, parents were pissed, BUT if you were the right kind of eight to twelve year old, this was the only time Oz was ever cool.
After bemusing its horrifying properties in several threads, someone suggested a watch along and here's a thread to drum up interest. Let's see if we can get enough people on board to outnumber the people who actually saw this in theatres in 1985 (hint: there weren't many).
-A little girl getting electro shock therapy!
-The surreally terrifying prospect of THE WHEELERS, and what exactly it is that they wanted to do to that chicken!
-Tik-Tok, the Army of Oz, being a great argument for practical animatronics and puppetry.
-Princess Mombi's Shrieking Hall of Heads!
-The truly unsettling subtext of what the Gnome King is doing to Dorothy!
-The expanse of total death that is THE DEADLY DESERT.
-The grumpy harrumph of The Gump.
-Lunch pail trees!
-Fairuza Balk not yet sounding like a raspy voiced sex kitten...because she's only eleven years old!
-Walter Murch's only directorial effort, despite this film being legitimately pretty damn good!
-That only in the 80s, when it was totally OK to scare the shit out of your kids, could this film have been made by DISNEY.
I'm thinking we should aim for next weekend, or sometime before the Holidays. It's available by disc from Netflix, is super cheap to buy on DVD, and you can also do Amazon Instant Video (in HD!) Chime in and let's get crackin'!