The plot of the movie follows a young boy named Charlie Bucket, who wins a coveted golden ticket inside his Wonka candy bar. There are five winners in total, each of whom will be permitted to tour the candy-maker’s factory. The other winners are Veruca Salt, an over-indulged girl, Violet Beauregarde, who constantly chews gum and is competitive by nature, the greedy Augustus Gloop, and Mike Teevee, a television addict.
Due to their flaws, each of the children suffer terrible fates throughout the course of the factory tour. And that’s not the only notably disturbing aspect of the film. There is famously also a hallucinogenic boat ride that turns into something of a nightmare.
Director Mel Stuart reportedly didn’t tell the children what was about to happen before the boat scene started filming, because he wanted their reactions to be as genuine as possible. And similarly, there was another time that he kept them in the dark. The filmmaker also prevented them from seeing the magical chocolate room before cameras started rolling, in order to ensure authenticity in their responses to it.