As new generations continue to embrace Grease — especially with the release of this year’s Grease: Live — and consistent rumors that the movie will get a reboot someday, the happy-go-lucky high school classic has always been a favorite among kids and adults alike. It’s the kind of movie that can put you in a good mood no matter what — its upbeat (and okay, sometimes morally questionable) songs and relatively wholesome plot are what have given it a lasting legacy nearly 40 years after its release.
But a bizarre fan theory that paints the movie in a dark, sinister light surfaced from the depths of the internet not terribly long ago, and it legitimately freaked people the hell out.
According to the original theory, sweet new girl Sandy (played by Olivia Newton-John) was actually dead the entire movie.
Apparently Sandy drowned that fateful “summer night” at the beach with Danny (referring to the song’s lyrics “I saved her life, she nearly drowned”) and the whole plot was Sandy’s fantasy as she’s in a coma.
As for the end scene when the car flies away after graduation day? Well, that supposedly signified Sandy and John Travolta’s character, Danny, going up to heaven together. Yikes.
Even though the theory has been on Reddit for nearly three years, as like all things online, it found a new life recently, prompting the creator of the original book and musical to comment on the rumors — Jim Jacobs squashed them, telling TMZ last month, “Sandy was very much alive,” and “whoever made up the theory must have been on acid.” LOL.
Now one of the beloved film’s stars is commenting on the conspiracy theory — and she offered up one of her own. Newton-John was asked about the rumors during an interview with AOL Build, and she had this to say.
“Well, I laughed. I thought it was hilarious. I thought it was wonderful that people were still talking about it all these years later. Then I thought, if that’s the case, then we were the first zombie musical, and we look pretty good considering! … It’s so far from reality because that’s not what it was, but I think it’s a hilarious theory.”
The verdict is out, everyone — grease is still the word. It’s got groove, it’s got meaning. And Sandy wasn’t dead. So, thank goodness for that.