Feb 132014
 

If you know me in real life, you probably already know how much I hate The Wizard of Oz.  Most people are horrified when I say it and because of something that happened recently, I wanted to re-post my original blog about my reasoning behind it.

Chris and I were out at an improv comedy club a few weeks ago.  You know, the kind where they ask for suggestions from the audience.  Since Chris & I are regulars at the show & seating is on a first come – first serve basis, we almost always sit in the front row.  Well, the last time we were there, one of the guys asked the audience to name some movies that everyone else seems loves, but you can’t stand.  I couldn’t get “The Wizard of Oz” out of my mouth fast enough.

The actor looked at me and asked “really”, to which I confidently responded “REALLY”.  He took my suggestion.

Anyways, I posted this about three years ago and in true #TBT style, here it is again:

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Can you imagine living in a world where rainbows shine around every corner, there are miles and miles of deadly gorgeous poppies, little people pop out on queue to sing songs about candy and inanimate objects miraculously come to life?  Me neither.  But it sounds familiar, right? Of course it does and unless you’ve lived under a rock all your life, you know I am talking about the land of Oz .

I know I am going to catch a ton of flack for this, but I hate this movie with a passion.  Actually, let me clarify. When I watched if for the first time, I thought it was a great movie – for the first five minutes.  You know, when it was in black and white!  Then Dorothy and Toto get swept up by a tornado and landed in some weirdo acid trip – instead of a nearby farm in Kansas.  You know, like what would have happened in real life.

So, Dorothy finds herself in this creeptastic place and ends up befriending her cleverly disguised farmhands (the scarecrow, lion and tin man)  all of whom are all missing integral  body parts or personality traits.  Why am I always the only person that seems to recognize that this is weird?  Really - it is.  Then she has to dodge a hideous witch that keeps threatening to kill her and her little dog, too.  Oh, and let us not forget these gruesome, kidnapping little flying  monkeys - and if they don’t creep you out….

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Then a melting witch surely would, right?

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Or the legs of a dead witch curling up under the house that landed on her earlier:

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And please don’t even get me started on the Lollipop Guild creepfest.

This movie is filled with disturbing images and frankly, what were they trying to do to little kids with a movie like that?  It traumatized me for life and I will never, ever, ever let my kids watch that horror show.

Ok, I’m ready – let me have it.

  77 Responses to “I Hate the Wizard of Oz (A Re-post of Sorts) #TBT”

  1. I hate the movie imperception. Oz Is a close second

  2. It’s funny cause Grant has said the same thing about the movie being scary for kids -like what is the deal with those creepy flying monkeys? I don’t know, I always liked the movie….to each his own! I am not offended by your opinion….where some may love this opportunity, to “let you have it!” lol

  3. I can’t help, but love this movie, but I will totally give you the monkeys always scared the crap out of me as a kid and still not a fan of them when I see this movie.

  4. I hate the Wizard of Oz too! My husband goes on and on about what a great film it is; I just can’t get into it. It’s creepy.

  5. I hate it too! Whew! Thank goodness that is off my chest. I rarely find people that aren’t all spazzy when I tell them I don’t like the WoO.

  6. I like scary, so i didnt bother me. I can see how it would be creepy for kids. lol

  7. Oh my gosh, LOL, I am not alone! I’ve only made it through the entire movie once. I really, really cannot stand it. I just don’t get the appeal.

  8. The Wizard of Oz happens to be my favorite movie of all time–and it never frightened me-the only time I would get upset if when I thought Toto, the little dog might get hurt. Of course I did watch it in black and white until color TV came out–but I still watch it every single time. Is it real life-absolutely not and I guess my parents made me realize that early on–

  9. My boys feel that way about ET. They think he’s the creepiest thing ever. I always thought he was so ugly, he was cute. I’d love to give him a hug, and feed him Reese’s Pieces.

    I get what you are saying about the Wizard of Oz. I like the movie. I think some just gravitate to some movies, while others don’t. My male co-workers were totally complaining about Harry Potter. They said, “I don’t want my kids watching things that are evil.” Then I asked if the let their kids watch the Wizard of Oz? They said, “Yes.” Their reasons are more religion based; not creepy based. What’s the difference in terms of evil? They both have witches in them. I personally don’t find anything wrong with either of them. They are both fiction.

    I show a clip of the Wizard of Oz in class. Mainly to demonstrate how powerful color can be. I show a section of Plesantville to. Then when we start talking about paint I show a clip of When Dreams May Come, where Robin Williams steps in acrylic paint.

    I can respect what you think about them though. Not every movie is everyone’s cup of tea!

    I love Pulp Fiction, but I can see where a lot of people think that it’s bloody wrong! The movie has a sick humor, that I happen to think is funny.

  10. Ok Robin! #1 This post is full of LOL moments, which I loved. #2 I think you are absolutely right but our pop culture has some how embraced this creepy movie. I say “creepy” because it actually is – IF YOU STOP and think about …as you have. #3 I have always been so bothered by the Flying Monkeys; they were horrible.

    I think there is suppose to be a concept of good vs bad or good vs. evil in this movie, but you are spot on about it being creepy. When in my college days, we, as a bunch in our apartment, went to see it showing at the .50¢ Campus Theater. After we were home that night all snuggled in our beds, I got a very disturbing phone call {didn’t have caller id in those days (circa 1975) } that threatened to harm me, etc. {ya, use your imagination}. I always connected it to that creepy movie. Now figure that one out….??? lol

  11. Oh, it is so totally creepy! Major Creepfest!
    That being said – I do like the movie. But I was also a film major so I study it from a different perspective than just the popcorn movie crowd. The argument can be made that it is a political satire disguised as fairy tale.
    My kids haven’t watched it – they aren’t interested and I am sure the Wicked Witch would scare them. although Darth Vader and Voldemort for some reason do not.

    Did you ever hear the tale of the supposed Suicidal Munchkin? that the death actually appears in the original movie? Rumour is you have to go your hands on a VHS copy made prior to 1980 to see the truth of it yourself. apparently every version since – and of course Blue Ray has been edited to show a bird in place of the hanging munchkin. IDK – I can’t see how they would have been able to cover up a death on set. Accidental or otherwise. And then keep it in the film for years.
    just another thing to add to the creepy vibes!

  12. Oh thank god. For the longest time I thought I was alone in my hatred of this god forsaken movie. Great minds…..

  13. I’m on the fence with this one. As a child, the flying monkeys creeped me out like crazy! But, as an adult, I’m not really interested in watching it again. I’ve seen it a few times over the years and, while I have some parts I like (like the OooWeeOoo march of the guards because it sounds like “Oreos and milk” lol) it’s definitely not a favorite of mine.

  14. My husband is a big enough fan to make up for your lack of enthusiasm. ;)

  15. I don’t love the movie, but I don’t hate it. I just find it so very creepy. It’ll be a very long time before my son is allowed to watch it!

  16. i’m 39. I’ve never seen WoO all the way thru. the focking little monkeys scared the crap out of me and i’d had nightmares for weeks afterwards when it was on cbs once a year

  17. I have actually never watched it…I could not get into it when I was younger doubt that will change though lol

  18. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies! I recently watched in 3-d at our local IMAX theatre. I must have watched it over a hundred times when I was young!

  19. I love the Wizard of Oz, but can see your points. The movie scared my oldest daughter the first time she saw it, so she probably shares your opinions :) As for me, the movie I hate that everyone else seems to love is Twilight (can’t stand the books either). In my opinion the writing is just awful. I can’t understand why it is so popular.

  20. I used to be horrified by this movie as a child. The flying monkeys shared the crap out of me!

  21. Okay, so the flying monkeys are definitely creepy, but I like the Wizard of Oz! I guess back in the day, people had some strange imaginations!

  22. Eh, I like the concept of a world completely made from one person’s imagination, nothing wrong with that. Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

  23. thinking about it really makes me realize how creepy the movie is. I like the movie, it isn’t one of my faves though.

  24. We all have things we hate that other people love. I don’t like bacon. Well, mostly because I don’t eat mammals, but still, I don’t see the appeal of putting it in everything. It’s weird. It creeps me out. Bacon in chocolate? Ice-cream? Really? Weird! So hey, it’s okay to hate something that is insanely popular. Oh, and I don’t like clowns. But I don’t understand how anyone find those amusing. They’re just plain evil. I mean, what are they hiding behind that painted-on smile? Clearly a murderous grin.

  25. The flying monkeys always creeped me out. I liked the movie about the Wizard with James Franco, but the original movie was creepy.

  26. I love this movie! My daughter watches it all the time too! With that said, I never understood why Dorothy was hailed as the hero. She kills the one witch, then steals the family jewels. I’d send my creepy flying monkeys to kick her ass too!

  27. Do you hate the book as well? Coming from a film/tv background, I’m curious if it’s the storyline or the composition on film that you hate the most. Does your passion for the “otherworld” extend to Alice as well?

  28. Do you hate the books, too? There was an entire series that the movie was based on.

  29. The flying monkeys creeped me out. Watching the Wizard of Oz was a tradition when I was growing up- back when they would show it once a year on tv. I liked Oz this year much better.

  30. I love this movie now, but I hated it as a kid! I was easily scared (I couldn’t even watch Scooby-Doo until I graduated high school) and I watched The Wizard of Oz with a blanket over my head when it came on TV every year.

  31. I used to love the Wizard of Oz I think I’ve seen it to many times now though and it’s not as good any more. I can’t think of any movies I hate that others love I’m quite open with movies though and will give anything a try x

  32. I don’t mind the movie but I agree that I don’t really understand the appeal of it!

  33. I can go one step further and say I hated the books and the movie :) I had to read all the books in college (there are a bunch) and they are all horrible…..Everyone else loved them, not me. I think sometimes people love movies just because they think that they should, not because they are great.

  34. I LOVED the Wizard of Oz as a kid, but watching it as an adult is incredibly depressing. It’s not a movie that carries well into adulthood, in my opinion.

  35. I have never been a fan of it either. And when you rewrite it out, it sounds like a crazy movie!

  36. I really like the movie however it is scary for little ones. I think your reasoning is valid. YOU won’t catch flack from me! :)

  37. I was raised in the 60s and that is when I first saw it on TV. They aired it once a year and we always watched. Every year. I found parts of it scary but I looked forward to seeing it. You have to understand that we didn’t have much back then in the form of movie entertainment and maybe it was our “horror” picture. ;)

  38. I can see where some people might be scared or unhappy with the WoO movie. It can bring back back memories but for me, I have good memories watching it with my grandmother.

  39. Awww…the movie never frightened me. It’s one of my very favorites, and I can’t wait to share it with my kids. :)

  40. I love Oz! I’m excited that there is a new Oz movie that will be coming out soon! :)

  41. I don’t mind the cartoon versions, but have not let my kids watch the real-life one either. I think they’ve seen bits and pieces at grandma’s though:(

  42. I have to say that I have not heard of anyone else who hates the Wizard of Oz, but if I think about it there are things that are pretty creepy about it

  43. I never really liked watching it as a kid, I always thought it was SO creepy.

  44. Baha! I thought I was the only person in the world who hated that show!! Maybe we should start a club!!

  45. I used to love this movie as a child! As an adult, I definitely sit there thinking what on earth… with a lot of things. Although, the same could be true for a lot of kids movies when you watch them as an adult!

    What’s REALLY creepy is the sequel (Return to Oz) that was made to this movie. No lie, the queen in that one changes heads, which she keeps in glass containers after Dorothy is rescued from a psychiatric experiment.

    I have no idea who allowed me to watch that as a child. *Shudder*

  46. You have a cult following on the “I hate Oz” issue. LOL I actually like the movie. Not love it, but I did like it. I’ll take it over the horror movies out today, any day.

  47. Too funny! This was my favorite movie growing up. I wonder what that says about me?! :)

  48. Phew! It’s good to know someone else like a friend I know does too… Happy Valentine’s Day!

  49. I can’t deny it..the Wizard of Oz is one of them super creepy, weird movies where you can help but look when you should be turning away. It creeps me out too, and I dont care for it.

  50. I’m not a huge fan of the original but I really like the Disney remake.

  51. I am not a big fan at all! Seriously the monkeys scared the living crap out of me when I was little and have no desire to ever see it again!

  52. lol I’m one of those people that didn’t like the Wizard of Oz either. I was really freaked out by the evil witch! and when the one witch got squished to death *omg* lol

  53. hahah even though I still enjoy the movie, I do agree with you that there are many um..disturbing things about it!

  54. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies, so if I don’t have anything nice to say, I won’t say it at all :) lol

  55. I’m still laughing at this one. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  56. I saw this movie at age 5 and had recurring nightmares my entire childhood. It was horrible. I hate this movie also and never let my son watch it, after the night terrors I endured.

  57. To be honest, I was never a huge fan either. I was okay with the melting witch because it got rid of her, but the flying monkeys were creepy. My daughter loved it though.

  58. Hahahaha. To each his/her own. I’m not a fan of the movie too, and I honestly just read the story but I’ve never watched it. I watched the parody one in Phinneas and Ferb though, and it was more fun.

  59. Haha great post. I never really thought of The Wizard of Oz like you do, but the next time I see it I will.

  60. Well you hit the nail on the head for me. I saw it many times as a kid and hated it. It creeped me out and when I watched it as an adult, I thought the person behind some of it must have been high. Yeah, my kids are not ever watching it either.

  61. The witch riding her bike and her laughter was scary to me but otherwise I handled it ok. Now that trip through the weird river tunnel in Willy Wonka the first movie, that scared the poopies out of me!

  62. I loved the movie as a child but never really thought about the “creepy” factor.

  63. I really love the movie. I have watched it since I was a young kid and still watch it now. With that being said, my kids are a little afraid of it. I don’t think they have watched the movie all the way through.

  64. I Absolutely LOVE This Movie!!!

  65. We watch The Wiz which is a remake of Oz and sing and dance with the film and have fun.

  66. The same thing is true I think with some of the Disney movies. I thought the Princess and the Frog was pretty scary looking. I wouldn’t let my kids watch a lot of those movies either. I agree that the Wizard of Oz is disturbing.

  67. Can i share a secret I have never seen it!I hate scary movies and this surely was

  68. I remember watching it as a kid and think what is the fuss about. I never cared for it either way.

  69. I don’t love the movie,I don’t hate it either. I just find it very creepy. It took me a very long time before I allowed my son to watch it!

  70. I do like the movie but it can be scary for younger kids. I Really think Oz the great and powerful should be off limits to young ones. Really scary.

  71. When you think about it, it is a creepy movie. Not a favorite of mine. I am not a fan of wtches and that annoying song follow the yellow brick road!

  72. OK I thought it was just me. I hate that movie with a passion as well and my kids thankfully has never seen it. There are way better classics for them to waste 2 hours of their lives on. And yes those monkeys are way too creepy!

  73. I actually like Wizard of Oz… It never bothered me.

  74. Honestly, I think I like the idea of it than the movie itself. It is ridiculously creepy and annoying, especially the Lollipop Guild.

  75. I love this movie – sorry. I have it on VHS, DVD and on my tablet. My sister was in the play in 6th grade, and my daughter was in the play too in 5th grade.

    This is one of my all time fav. movies. I guess different strokes for different folks.

  76. “There’s no place like home.”

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