This belated sequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz (1939) sends 9-year-old Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) off to electric shock therapy and then to a nightmare version of Oz where the mad Princess Mombi (Jean Marsh) and the evil Nome King (Nicol Williamson) are destroying everything that makes the magical land beautiful.
The Nome King has turned everyone to stone and Mombi is after more human heads for her collection.
Dorothy swears to restore Oz with the help of some new friends while being chased by some disturbing new villains.
The special effects are still outstanding, as are the sets, the lighting, the costumes and the characters.
Despite the presence of a talking chicken (Billina), this is a frighteningly grim and sinister fantasy. The events and characters are quite macabre and the heavier and darker tone of the film is perhaps not even suitable for the Disney-target group.
Return to Oz was nominated for 5 Oscars. It won none and vanished completely for 20 years.
Watch out for the Wheelers (pictured at right), they’ll haunt you for life!
Dr Worley/Nome King
Jack Pumpkinhead (voice)