This quintessential family movie is most children’s first experience with cinema’s remarkable capacity to induce fear. No upbeat musical number or happy ending can undo the ordeal that is Dorothy Gale’s Journey. Unconvinced? Take out the hallmark sentiments and what do you have? The story of a young girl with presumably dead parents whose beloved pet is handed over to the town psycho for euthanasia, whose happy home life is erased by the wrath of mother nature, and who’s transported to a nightmarish netherworld that’s populated with hideous troll creatures, governed by a floating green demonic head and terrorized by a poppy pushing witch and her army of ghoul-faced flying monkeys. Certainly, there is “no place like home” if this hell zone is the alternative. As if her new stomping grounds were not uncomfortable enough, said witch has a personal vendetta against Dot since she inadvertently crushed her favorite sibling to death under a house when she showed up. Sure, she makes a bunch of fast pals with the local gays, but it’s only after being forced to commit homicide that she is viewed worthy of returning home.
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