9 More Film Theories That Changed Everything

We’ve already brought you a sensational set of fan theories that could fundamentally change your perception of some of your favorite movies, and now we’re back for the sequel! Due to popular demand, we’ve brought you nine more crazy-but-kinda-plausible movie theories. This time, we’ve got them straight from your comments from our previous set. That’s right—you guys helped pick these. We’re going all over the place, from Hogwarts to the Overlook Hotel and the Matrix, in order to find even more crazy film theories that completely change your favorite flicks.


Ferris Bueller is a figment of Cameron’s imagination

For all you youngsters: yes, this is the movie parodied during Deadpool’s post-credits scene. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off tells the story of the titular character, played by Matthew Broderick, playing hooky with his girlfriend Sloane and his best friend Cameron. The trio takes Cameron’s father’s prized 1961 Ferrari out on a joyride throughout Chicago for the day. The movie mainly focuses on Bueller enjoying his time out with Sloane and Cameron while using clever ways to cover his absence from his parents, teachers, sister, and principal, but try imagining Ferris Bueller only being there as Cameron’s imaginary friend. How else could they have hit so many major Chicago landmarks in one day if Cameron was just wondering what it’d be like to have a BFF? According to a theory published by The Atlantic, Ferris is Cameron’s best bud that he always wanted and Sloane is a girl who’d never even associate with him otherwise.

Remember how “Save Ferris” was painted on the side of the water tower? Ferris, Illinois is over four hours away from Chicago—way too far for the group to travel during the events depicted in the movie. Perhaps it’s some kind of subliminal message for Cameron to remember/save the fun he’s capable of having in his head and to apply that to the real world. After freaking out about the added miles to the car’s odometer when trying to return it, Cameron realizes he lives in constant fear of his father. He then wrecks it by accident and decides to take responsibility for it, despite Ferris offering to take the blame. That can be seen as Cameron realizing he’s his own person, who can stand up to his father on his own without making excuses—whether or not his friends, or their trip through Chicago, were real.

The Shining is Kubrick’s apology for staging the Lunar Landing

Break out the tin foil hats for this one: The Shining is supposedly Stanley Kubrick’s apology for faking the infamous Neil Armstrong lunar landing footage of Apollo 11. This theory stems from young Danny Torrance’s discovery of Room 237—supposedly the most evil and heavily haunted room in the Overlook Hotel. Danny is seen playing with his toys in a hallway whose carpet has a unique design, not seen anywhere else in the Overlook, that reflects the shape of most NASA shuttle launch sites from an aerial view. Danny then rises to his feet (symbolizing the Apollo 11 rocket on his sweater lifting off), and proceeds to Room 237, which was originally Room 217 in the original Stephen King novel. Why the change? During the time of the movie’s filming, the Earth was believed to be approximately 237,000 miles from the moon (the distance regularly fluctuates due to orbit and actually averages out to 238,855 miles, but who cares? It’s a 1980 horror movie). There’s an entire documentary dedicated to breaking down a lot of Kubrick’s subliminal messages hidden throughout The Shining. The documentary’s name? Room 237.

There’s also a scene showing Danny and his mother watching a TV that is visibly not hooked into anything—a brightly-colored carpet behind the TV points this out even further—allegedly to illustrate that what people were seeing on the television during Armstrong’s famous leap in 1969 was all a facade. When Danny’s father, Jack Torrance, investigates Room 237 after Danny is spooked, he finds a beautiful naked woman and embraces her. To Jack’s dismay, the naked woman appears to be a haggard old crone, which can be interpreted as Kubrick admitting he was happy to take a well-paying job to stage the lunar landing until he realized what a horrible, deceptive thing it really was.


Signs was about demons, not aliens

In a film that actually had people wearing tinfoil hats, you’re not going to believe what we have to say about Signs. Remember the whole alien invasion thing that made up most of the plot? Well, what if they weren’t really aliens? What if…they were demons? According to Quiet Earth, a demon analogy can be applied to the otherworldly beings plaguing Mel Gibson’s family in the film. Notice you don’t see much of their technology other than some lights in the sky? The “alien invasion” resulted in hundreds of thousands fleeing to temples, churches, and other religious buildings for safety, which sounds like the proper safe place to hide with demons about.

Don’t you think if the “aliens” had the capability for interstellar travel that they’d realize they were allergic to water on a planet whose surface is covered with it? The demon at the end of the movie wasn’t hurt by H2O alone—it was also because the water was blessed. Throughout the movie, Mel Gibson’s daughter would always get a full glass of water, sip it, put it down, and look to get a new glass, leaving half-full glasses of water all over the house. When Gibson spoke of the day she was born, he described her birth as holy, even saying that everyone who saw her that day thought she was an angel. This divine description transfers to her blessing every half-filled cup left throughout the house, effectively leaving holy water all over the place. It’s not like the rest of the world chased off an alien invasion with a bunch of Super Soakers.


Mad Max is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

You guessed it: Max Rockatansky represents Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Redditor EldarCorsair posted an awesome breakdown of Mad Max: Fury Road, which argues that each of the three major warlords in the movie represent one of the Horsemen. Warlord Immortan Joe is Pestilence. His people are sick due to the nuclear fallout throughout the land, often with tumors and sores. Joe rules the population by offering them small amounts of water, as if he has the key to healing their plagued bodies. He’s also worshiped as a deity, which factors into the alternate interpretation of Pestilence that sees him as a righteous conqueror. The second Horseman, War, would likely be another warlord, the Bullet Farmer. He was the guy with a lot of guns firing wildly into the dark when the tanker was stuck in the mud. The third Horseman, Famine, would be the warlord known as the People Eater, since he’s huge and represents the gluttony of the rich. These guys trade food, weaponry, and water (and milk) among one another in order to ensure their rule on this apocalyptic wasteland.

As for the fourth Horseman, Death? That’s Max. Think about it: Max brings death wherever he goes across the wasteland, and he’s haunted by the deaths of his family and other people he wasn’t able to save. In his first scene, he brings death to a lizard-like creature by eating it. Death was on Furiosa’s side, and her mission was ultimately a success. Remember when Max walks off into the darkness to take on the Bullet Farmer’s heavily armed vehicle? He destroys the whole thing by himself off-screen, kills all the men on board, and hauls away all their stuff. You don’t even see what happens, you just assume that Max killed them all, like he always does. It proves Max/Death is a constant, inexorable force of nature.


Deckard is a Replicant

Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi neo-noir classic Blade Runner is all about androids known as replicants. These androids, who look and think like humans, can actually be self-aware, although they’re mainly used for dangerous and menial work on off-planet colonies. Some of them try to abandon their hazardous work and hide on Earth, where they’re tracked by Blade Runners, a group of special police operatives who specialize in finding and executing escaped replicants. Blade Runner Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) takes on a hefty case making him responsible for eliminating a group of rogue replicants, a quest that leaves him questioning his duties as he struggles with the idea that many of these replicants just want to live. One replicant he meets during his investigation even believes she is human.

The idea that Deckard himself is a replicant has been debated for years. Harrison Ford claims that he was playing a human character. According to BBC News, Ford mentioned that he and the director had talks about Deckard being a replicant, and that they both agreed he was human during filming. In subsequent interviews over the years, Ridley Scott has admitted that Deckard is indeed a replicant. Perhaps Scott told Ford that Deckard is human just to make his performance that much more convincing?


The Dursleys are nasty because Harry Potter is a Horcrux

As kindhearted as Harry Potter is, he has a habit of bringing out the worst in people. An easy explanation for that would be that he’s a Horcrux (kinda), and his body houses part of the evil Lord Voldemort’s soul. Case in point: the Dursleys absolutely despise Harry and always treat him like dirt, despite him being the only thing left of Petunia Dursley’s sister, Lily. While they are sour people to begin with, the Dursleys are particularly nasty to Harry, which would make a lot more sense if they were responding to a sliver of evil soul.

Don’t forget, Tom Riddle’s diary was a Horcrux, and Lucius Malfoy slipped it into Ginny Weasley’s books during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. She then used the thing like a journal for herself, and it was powerful enough to possess her so she could open the Chamber of Secrets. Likewise, Salazar Slytherin’s locket (another Horcrux) negatively affected Ron in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows just by Ron wearing it. While J.K. Rowling explained the Dursleys don’t like Harry because of their previous meeting with his father, James, we’d like to believe that having a living part of Voldemort’s soul around you for more than a decade made an already nasty family even nastier.


Neo isn’t the one, Agent Smith is

Since the first Matrix debuted in 1999, fans have debated as to whether or not Neo was actually “the One” prophesied to stop the war against the machines and end mankind’s servitude. In fact, one theory (originally posted on 4chan) proposes that the One is actually Neo’s nemesis Agent Smith. The prophecy of the One claims that a “man born inside” the Matrix would have the ability to remake it as he saw fit. This applies more to Smith, as Neo is a born-and-bred outside human while Smith was originally created as an Agent within the system. While Neo develops all kinds of Superman-like powers, he doesn’t have the ability to change the Matrix on a vast level like Smith did by the end of the third film—essentially living up to the prophecy of changing the Matrix however he liked. Smith died and returned, much like Neo did (and the One was predicted to do). The former Agent was able to infect every person plugged into the Matrix like a computer virus. By the end of The Matrix Revolutions, he changed everything in the world, making it dark, raining, and full of himself.

Remember when the Oracle told Neo he wasn’t the One in the first film? According to this theory, she wasn’t lying. What did it take to stop Smith’s corruption of the Matrix? Neo had to go to the machine city, make peace, and directly enter the Matrix from there. After losing the fight, Neo was assimilated, which allowed the Source to finally make a direct connection to Smith, purging him and removing everything he changed within the Matrix. In other words, Smith forced both the machines and Neo (and humanity by extension) to team up in order to stop him, effectively ending the war between the two.


Andy’s mom was Jesse’s previous owner

Paying close attention to the Toy Story movies might cause a potentially sad idea to pop into your head (courtesy of The Huffington Post): Andy’s mom is possibly Emily, the original owner of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl. In Toy Story 2, we learn that Jessie was originally owned by a little girl named Emily. We see a short sequence of the two bonding until Emily outgrew her need for toys, stowing her away for a long time and ultimately getting rid of her, reflecting what’s happening for Woody with Andy growing up. During the scenes of Jessie’s history with Emily, we see a red, child-sized cowgirl hat with white stitching. This is almost exactly like the hat Andy wore during the first film. The only difference is that Emily’s hat had a white band, and Andy’s was a brownish red.

If Andy’s mom (we unfortunately never learn her first name) is Emily, then she may have passed her childhood hat down to Andy but sold/gave away the Jessie doll, which would explain the hat’s band being darker over time. Better yet, it explains why Andy would have a playtime hat that didn’t match Woody’s but instead matched Jessie’s. During the flashback scenes, Emily’s room looks an awful lot like Andy’s. Watching Emily’s room change to reflect her increasing age, 1970s-style artwork and colors decorate her walls, which suggest Jessie’s old owner grew up decades prior to the events of movie, much like Andy’s mom did. Regardless of who owned Jessie, every kid grows up, and we’re glad Woody and the gang are all in Bonnie’s hands now.


Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord

Out of all the movie theories mentioned in response to our previous article, Darth Jar Jar was the most frequently requested by far. For some reason, lots of people believe that the bumbling Gungan we met on Naboo back in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is actually the most powerful Sith in the universe, as ridiculous as it sounds. In the same way that a young Anakin Skywalker was able to enter the battle for Naboo unscathed (likely due to his natural aptitude for piloting and the Force), Jar Jar was able to do the same during the big battle between the Gungans and the Trade Federation droids. Don’t let his goofy demeanor trick you. Remember, Yoda was originally introduced as just a silly, swamp-dwelling creature on Dagobah before turning out to be an old Jedi Master.

Jar Jar can be seen using the slight-of-hand/wave motion usually done during the Jedi mind trick during various parts of Episode I when speaking to important characters. He apparently uses this while persuading the entire Senate to grant full control and emergency power to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, and it works. This action puts Palpatine in the perfect position to control everything and rise to power as the Emperor. Even when Qui-Gon Jinn mentions using the Force to guide them underneath the waters of Naboo, Jar Jar scoffs at the concept. Don’t forget, Palpatine and Jar Jar Binks are both from Naboo and could have met each other decades before the events of Episode I. At Qui-Gon’s funeral at the end of The Phantom Menace, he’s standing right beside Palpatine, which starts a recurring theme of them being seen together. In the beginning of Episode III, you can see Jar Jar and Palpatine walking close to one another. Binks also senses Anakin and Obi-Wan’s arrival at the beginning of Episode II. He approaches the elevator for no reason and doesn’t attempt to open the door. He just waits a second or two, knowing that they are coming, but still acts surprised to see them once the door opens in order to maintain his cover. Maybe Jar Jar’s almost too-obvious clumsiness wasn’t why he was banned from the underwater Gungan city, and why they treated him like a viable threat when he arrived. Maybe Supreme Leader Snoke is a front and Jar Jar Binks still continues to pull the strings of the Dark Side.


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