It’s December, which means you’re officially allowed to start getting into the Christmas spirit.

And that of course means festive flicks, which these days tend to be a bit of a let-down, especially when you compare them with the classics (Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, etc.)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey film, not the new animation) is another iconic Xmas film that has withstood the test of time, despite featuring some wacky hairstyles and Taylor Momsen before she went all gothic on us.

We all know the story of how the green creature tries to ruin the holidays for the people of Whoville, but one theory suggests the film might have an even more sinister element to it.

The dark theory suggest that Mr. Grinch wasn’t just out looking to steal Christmas, but he was also attempting to commit genocide.

That really took a turn…

You’ll no doubt remember the scene in the film where the residents of Whoville are all hand-in-hand signing carols, but this theory suggests it’s because they’re terrified of being slaughtered.

You see, The Grinch is part of a trilogy by Dr. Seuss, with the other two books being Horton Hatches The Egg and Horton Hears A Who!, both of which are about an elephant called Horton.

In Horton Hears A Who!, Horton’s sinister friends try to destroy Whoville – which exists on a speck of dust – because they don’t believe it exists in the first place.

Horton therefore asks the residents of Whoville to make as much noise as possible so that his friends will finally acknowledge the town’s existence and avoid killing them.

This brings us to the Grinch – who famously hates Whos being so noisy – and their carol singing. While their loud efforts are part of an effort to avoid being killed, the Grinch couldn’t care less, stealing all their instruments to shut them up.

They’re literally belting out Christmas carols in order to prevent their own destruction, which the Grinch only goes and makes a very likely possibility by trying to silence them.

Are the Grinch and Horton’s friends in cahoots to destroy the people of Whoville? I guess we’ll never know.

As I said, it’s a pretty dark theory and one you probably shouldn’t go telling the kiddies this Crimbo.

Best to let them take it at face value and let us adults worry about genocide.

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