Lucy Hale as Melanie
Austin Stowell as Sonja
Ryan Hansen as JD
Fantasy Island Review:
It’s been 15 years since audiences were first introduced into the mind of writer/director Jeff Wadlow at the critically lambasted Cry/Wolf and in the years since he’s tried his hand at everything from 2008’s martial arts actioner Never Back Down to 2013’s graphic novel adaptation Kick-Ass 2 and 2016’s Netflix action comedy True Memoirs of an International Assassin. In 2018 he partnered with Blumhouse Productions to return to horror with the Lucy Hale-led Truth or Dare and though it had been demolished by critics, it was a box office smash and helped cement the working relationship between the indie powerhouse studio and has given us a horror re-imagining of the iconic series Fantasy Island, and once again he has dropped the ball so hard the floor has crumbled beneath it.
The re-imagining follows a group of individuals, all with dark secrets in their past, as they’re brought to the titular retreat after winning a contest and are offered the chance of a lifetime by the charismatic Mr. Roarke to bring each of their fantasies to life, with the only warning being that once a fantasy starts, the guest needs to see it to its natural end and that they are only allowed to have one fantasy. But as their fantasies begin, dark events begin creeping in and they realize things are not as exciting as they appeared.
The first series certainly had the option to lead to a terrors, with its underlying theme of”Be careful what you wish for,” and Wadlow certainly tries his best to deliver on those scares, the problem is his over-reliance on jump scares and the lack of setting them up in any type of suspenseful fashion. After a character enters a new area or believes they see something terrifying, it is just as quickly left the display, not leaving the audience with any type of terrifying visuals to stick in their mind until another”gotcha” moment. The tension starts to ramp up when the film starts to draw near its conclusion and the figures confront what are the psychological enemy of all: zombie-like apparitions of individuals in their lives.
The problems with the movie don’t lie in its entirety, or even its humor — which I want to come back to — but from the story and the writing of its scares, in addition to the movie. Every chance the movie gets to use a trope well-worn by the horror genre, it will, from evil doppelgangers fighting their actual counterparts to black-eyed aggressors to apparently positive lines lingering without a follow-up to make a”subtle” sense of menace and foreshadowing for the characters and audience alike.
When the film is not being boring and the story is not farther convoluting itself…wait, correction, once the movie IS being boring and the story becomes convoluted crap is when the movie excels in the way it was not supposed to: as a humorous work of”art” in exactly the same vein as Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. From its on-the-nose and clunky conversation to attempts and its plot points at jump scares and construction, the moment I started chuckling at the disbelief of its terribleness, I could not stop laughing at every plot revelation and effort to frighten me.
Among the best and worst elements of the film came in every effort to reference its source material, including the iconic”The Plane! The Plane!” Phrase uttered by Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize) and the timeless telephone at Mr. Roarke’s office. It feels like it ought to be a fantastic honor to the fans of the first series, but rather than feel as a subtle nod to what’s come before, it rather feels like a forced attempt to remind folks that this is a different version of something that is mostly superior. Without spoiling the element itself, a plot twist in the movie is the and delirium-inducing attempt to connect to the source material, but also one of the parts inside.
Overall this may be one of Blumhouse’s weakest efforts in recent times, even with December’s Black Christmas in your mind, but in an odd way it’s rather redeemed by its unintentional hilarity that permeates throughout the entire 110-minute runtime which makes for a different type of entertainment experience that could be enjoyed with a bunch of friends and possibly a drink…or five. In actuality, I’m off to go for watching this movie make a few drinking games!
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Alex Walker Smith – Sonic (Voice Over)
Richard Cabrera – Sonic (Motion Capture & Animation)
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Written by Michael Schroeder and Michael Adams Davis
Directed by Michael Schroeder
Produced by Brian Fisher and David Odom
Cinematography by Michael Schmidt
Production Design by Jade Spiers
PD Assistant – Nicolas Nagostino
Edited by Chance Cole
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