Some Movie Fan Theories That Will Transform Your Favorite Films

James Logie
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You think you know a movie—then a fan theory comes along that turns everything on its head. If you like the 1980s, there are some great 80s movie fan theories out there.

Some of them may seem crazy, but they’re just crazy enough to change the way you look at the movie.

Judge Doom in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Was Actually a Cartoon Possum

We all know that *spoiler alert* Judge Doom turns out to be a toon. But was he a specific toon?

We know he’s a toon, but which one in particular? The movie never lets us know.

But there may be some hints in the movie that he’s actually a cartoon possum: specifically the Pistol Packin’ Possum.

You have to look carefully, but easter eggs regarding this are contained in the movie. During that one interrogation scene, we see a poster of that possum.

Like Judge Doom, the Pistol Packin Possum has red eyes.

The possum also has a very long gun. Again, similar to what Doom uses when he shoots R.K. Maroon.

You have to look close for this one, but it seems like the movie reveals Doom’s true identity in that scene when Maroon is shot.

When Doom shoots Maroon (great band name) his reflection is perfectly overlaid on that poster of the Pistol Packin Possum.

Beetlejuice Isn’t a Ghost

The crazy true fact about Beetlejuice is how little he is in his own movie. Check this out the next time you watch it; he’s barely on screen for 20 minutes.

In this 80s movie fan theory, we are led to believe that he isn’t dead. He isn’t even a ghost at all.

This gets a little “6th Sense,” but the most obvious way to explain this is by the end of the movie.

When Beetlejuice gets eaten by the Sand Worm, he ends up in the waiting room for the afterlife.

This wouldn’t make sense as if he is already deceased, there would have already been a transition to the afterlife.

Yes, Beetlejuice is actually a real man.

If he was truly deceased--the way Adam and Barbara are--he would just have to draw a door on the wall to get to the great beyond.

They are also never forced to sit in the waiting room. We can conclude that Beetlejuice does die at the end, and is transitioning to the afterlife.

The only logical conclusion from these hints is that he was never dead throughout the rest of the movie.

Daniel is the Real Bully in The Karate Kid

This fan theory has been given some more weight with the release of the Kobra Kai series.

We always think of Daniel as the hero in Karate Kid--which he obviously is. But he isn't always the most likable character in the movie.

He is the one who is most often aggressive, and sometimes a bully.

You can change the way you perceive this movie by considering that Johnny Lawrence is actually the good guy.

He starts out as a jerk, but he is taking the steps to improve himself. He has more of a positive trajectory than Daniel who stays the same throughout the movie.

When you look at it from this perspective, it completely changes the movie.

Sandy Didn't Survive at the Beginning of Grease

This whole movie seems to be set in reality, so why did Danny and Sandy drive up into the heavens at the end of the movie.

But maybe they were really going to heaven…

At the start of the movie, during the “Summer Nights” song, we hear that Danny had saved Sandys life at the beach because “she nearly drowned…”

So what about the fact that maybe she did drown? The telling of the Ridale High story, could have just been Sandy’s subconscious working before she actually passed away.

It would explain some of the other “heavenly” scenes such as “Beauty School Dropout.”

But then, she finally succumbs to the effects of the drowning, and that’s when we see her ascend into heaven.

E.T. Is a Jedi

This is a super common fan theory and now seems to be canon. In E.T., we see him drawn to a Yoda costume when they are out on Halloween.

E.T. obviously recognizes a fellow Jedi and is immediately drawn to him. There are no other costumes that grab his attention.

The species of E.T.s exists in the Star Wars universe and this has been confirmed when we see several of his kind in the Galactic Senate in the Phantom Menace.

E.T. is considered an Asogian, and he can use the Force by moving things with his mind.

Ferris Bueller Isn’t Real

This is the fan theory that has probably been around the longest.

This theory predates the internet, and it is simply this: Ferris Bueller is a figment of Cameron’s imagination.

This has a real Fight Club feel to it and there’s the possibility that both of these films exist in the same universe.

The entire wacky-filled day actually never happened. The whole day--and Ferris himself--are just thought up in the mind of Cameron while he is sick in bed.

This could even be considered a fever dream, or some sort of hallucination.

The idea is that Sloan is real, but this is the only way that Cameron can have any interaction with her. It goes a bit further in that Ferris is an extension of Cameron’s personality. Ferris is everything that Cameron wished he could be.

Ferris is bold, confident, adventurous, and can easily talk to a girl like Sloan. This whole “day off” is Cameron imagining he’s cool enough, and not afraid to talk to Sloan.

Ferris also seems to know what’s going on in Cameron’s mind. In the scene when Cameron is in bed, he mumbles out loud that “he’s dying.”

Soon after, Ferris phones up and says “you’re not dying.” There’s obviously no way he would have known that.

Then, Ferris knows that Cameron is sitting in his car trying to decide if he should come over. The two are inextricably linked because they both exist in one mind.

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