Obsessing over movies and their finer plot points might seem a touch indulgent, but everyone knows flicks can’t always be taken at face value. Sometimes, in trying to dig a little deeper and find greater meaning within 120-odd minutes, fans arrive at some pretty bizarre conclusions – and sometimes they’re even right.
13 Movie conspiracies that might actually be true:
13 crazy movie conspiracies that might actually be true
TwilightFalling in love with a vampire is a hassle for any species, but it’s particularly complicated if you’re a human. So why did Bella have so little trouble gelling with Edward? According to select fans, she’s part werewolf -- a theory that explains her unlikely human-vampire pregnancy.Summit
TitanicWhile Titanic is rooted in historical events, the relationship between Jack and Rose is largely fictional. Some fans go further, insisting that Jack is a figment of Rose’s imagination. This imaginary boyfriend goes on to give her the courage she needs to escape an overbearing fiancé. Paramount
InceptionIn Christopher Nolan’s intricately plotted Inception, the characters have objects (known as Totems) that allow them to determine whether they’re in reality or someone else’s dream. The general consensus is that Cobb’s Totem is a spinning tractricoid, but if – as some believe – it’s actually his wedding ring, the final scene is far less ambiguous.Warner Bros.
The FlintstonesPart of the joke of The Flintstones is that these primitive characters anticipate just about every modern invention. However, some fans believe there’s a more logical explanation. Could it be that Fred and company are in a post-apocalyptic future, crudely imitating the technology of an earlier time?Universal
Back to the FutureAt the beginning of Back to the Future, Doc has yet to master his time machine, making it extremely risky to stand right in front of an accelerating DeLorean. While most think this was an act of ill-advised confidence, others believe Doc was willing to end his life if his invention failed yet again.Universal
Forrest GumpAs we suggested in a recent look at the mysteries of Forrest Gump, it’s altogether possible that the intelligent Forrest Jr. is not the biological son of the dim-witted Forrest Sr. This theory is supported by the characters’ obvious differences and Jenny’s need to find someone responsible (if not especially sophisticated) to take over parenting duties in her absence.Paramount
Pulp FictionTwo of the most enduring mysteries of Pulp Fiction are the contents of the briefcase and the reason for the Band-Aid on Marsellus Wallace’s neck. Some have argued that the briefcase contains Marsellus’ soul, as the devil is said to remove souls through necks. While writer-director Quentin Tarantino has remained mum about the briefcase, he claims the band-aid was a spontaneous solution to a nasty scar on actor Ving Rhames.Alliance
Kill Bill: Vol. 2It turns out Beatrix Kiddo might not be the killing machine you thought she was. Most of the prominent actors who are killed onscreen in Kill Bill have their names crossed out in the end credits, but both Daryl Hannah and David Carradine are exempt from this, suggesting that their characters might have survived the Bride’s brutal vengeance.Alliance
Toy StoryThe humans in Toy Story are given short shrift, causing some fans to speculate about what’s really going on with these characters. As one popular theory goes, Andy’s father is absent throughout the movie because he has abandoned his family. No wonder they’re moving to a smaller house.Disney
BatmanJack Nicholson’s Joker is the most evil (and entertaining) ingredient in Tim Burton’s Batman. However, some viewers believe Bruce Wayne is stretching the truth when he imagines that the Joker killed his parents. Whether this memory is accurate or not, it seems to help Batman summon the courage to defeat his nemesis.Warner Bros.
JawsIt’s no secret that mayor Larry Vaughn takes unscrupulous action to keep the beach open in Jaws. Some fans have reached the conclusion that sharks are a longstanding problem for Vaughn, one he has been concealing since long before the arrival of Chief Brody.Universal
RobocopDue to prominent scenes of crucifixion and resurrection, some have argued that Robocop is modelled on Jesus. While this may seem like a stretch, director Paul Verhoeven has confirmed that this was his intention. In fact, his interest in Jesus is so pervasive that he wrote a book about the subject (Jesus of Nazareth) in 2010.MGM
James BondStruggling to make sense of James Bond’s sketchy background and shifts in personality each time a new actor takes over the role? Some have made the case that Bond is a code name, not a character. While this theory might not add up, it does leave open the possibility of an Avengers-style all-star movie with all six screen Bonds. Their average age: 70.MGM