Return to Oz (1985)
All avid horror fans looking for their next scare should look no further than Return of Oz. In the sequel to the 1939 classic (The Wizard of Oz), Return of Oz turns the familiar Land of Oz into a place where nightmares are built. Dorothy returns and nobody believes her tales about venturing down a yellow-brick road with a lion, a scarecrow, and a man made of tin. Many believe Return of Oz to be the most faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s original work, capturing the subtle horror hidden within the text.
Anybody hoping for the whimsical nature of the 1939 film were greeted by downright horrifying scares. To be fair, Return of Oz doesn’t waste any time letting the viewer know what kind of film they would be in store for. The first few minutes of the film present a darker tone with no munchkins in sight. When Dorothy finally arrives in Oz, she finds the land in ruins — overrun by a terrifying gang of “wheelers” whose seemingly only goal in life is to keep you up at night. If you’re introducing kids to the Oz series, it might best to skip this one for a few years…
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