Pop Culture’s Craziest Dreams

Maggie Stiefvater, Raven BoysFigs, we’ve been counting down to the release of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves basically ever since we finished reading The Raven Boys. Luckily, the book came out this week! We’re super excited to read more about Ronan, who has the power to take objects out of dreams.

It would be pretty insane to be able to bring parts of your dreams into the real world. (Well hellooooo, Benedict Cumberbatch, why don’t you step outside my subconscious?) Dream sequences are a popular plot device in many of our favorite TV shows and movies. What are the most bizarre dreams to show up in pop culture? Check out our picks, then vote for your faves below!

Judy Garland, DorothyThe Wizard of Oz

Over the course of her dream, Dorothy befriends a lion, a tin woodsman, and a scarecrow, kills two witches, and tries to escape in a hot air balloon with a fake wizard. AND it’s in full color. Seriously, this puts our dreams about showing up to class in our underwear to shame.



Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprioInception

There are actually three layers of dreams in Inception. Or maybe four. Five? We’ll be honest—we don’t entirely understand the insane logic behind Inception’s dream worlds. But we DO know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets to have an awesome zero-gravity fight with a bunch of bad guys! That’s our kind of dream!



Matt SmithDoctor Who: “Amy’s Choice”

In this harrowing episode of Doctor Who, the Dream Lord keeps forcing the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to sleep so they can’t tell the difference between dreams and reality. Is Amy a happily married housewife? Or is she actually barreling towards her death in outer space? Neither? Too much pressure!!!



Freddy KrugerNightmare on Elm Street

Ah, Nightmare on Elm Street. Bringing children bad dreams since 1984. Freddy Krueger stalks through the dream world, killing off unwitting teenagers in their sleep and rattling off some quality one-liners. We definitely don’t want this crazed murderer popping up in our nightmares anytime soon.



Alice in Wonderland

In both Lewis Carroll’s original story and the Disney adaptation, Alice takes a quick nap and dreams up a world that makes us fear for her sanity. Pipe-smoking caterpillars? A kingdom ruled by a deck of cards? A rabbit who can tell time? That is one elaborately messed-up dream, Alice.



Which of these dreams is the craziest? Vote now! Which ones did we leave out? Leave us a comment to let us know!

23 thoughts on “Pop Culture’s Craziest Dreams

    • Oklahoma… meh, not a great dream sequence. I mean it’s kind of a bunch of ladies in bikinis dancing around and trying to convince Laurie to marry Curly (and I’ve been in this dream sequence so I know hat I’m talking about!)

    • Haha, that’s what I was going to say! And it’s more of Laurey being freaked out by Jud that it is people trying to get her to marry Curly.

  1. Hello? Where’s Restless from Buffy?

    That episode is set almost entirely in dream-sequence and it’s just as fragmented and twisting and senseless as real dreams whilst being a coherent peek into each Scooby’s subconscious.

    Giles sings! Joyce lives in a hole in the wall! Snyder’s a general! Buffy gets a mud facial! Poor Willow still doesn’t know her lines…

    And also, the cheese guy?

    “I wear the cheese, it does not wear me?”


  2. I voted Elm Street. Amy’s Choice was my favorite, but it’s about craziest to show up in the real world, not coolest. I mean, seriously? A dream about a psycho killer who travels by dreams and kills you in your sleep? Come on, people.

  3. I only vaguely remember this one, but in one of the Animorphs books, Rachel had a pretty crazy dream. She killed Kenny, among other things.

  4. Well, you could argue that Wizard of Oz shouldn’t be there at all. In the books, Oz is actually a real place, and Dorothy and her Aunt and Uncle end up living there. If you’re going by the movie, then yes, but book wise, it’s not a dream.

  5. I was caught between Inception and Elm Street, but ended up going with Elm Street, because I wouldn’t want that guy to be in my dreams. If Buffy was on there, I would’ve voted for that show.

  6. How could you not mention even ONE of the bizarre but totally epic Supernatural dream sequences. The titles are slipping my mind, but come on! There were at least two.

  7. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. The protagonist takes a bus ride from hell to heaven (sort of) where there are green fields and waterfalls and a herd of unicorns. He also witnesses conversations between the people from hell with people they knew in life, but went to heaven and are now angelic beings. Also lengthy monologues about theology and stuff. Definitely a dream only C.S. Lewis could write.

  8. I have to choose between Inception and Alice in Wonderland (which may or may not be my latest obsession)? Oh dear. I don’t know if I can do this.

  9. Come on guys. The Wizard of Oz! The whole thing is crazy, plus it’s totally related to the Gilded Age! (Late 1800’s) Look it up! It’s pretty creepy, actually. Oz, you have my vote! But Amy’s choice was a worthy dream as well…

  10. Nevermore and Enshadowed by Kelley Creagh has a lot to do with dreaming. One of the characters gets stuck in a dreamworld. Check it out if you like these types of tropes. Oh, and not to mention Edgar Allan Poe awesomeness. So, check it out if you like Poe.

    ~Kyla Marie Rich : )

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