Blumhouse's Fantasy Island

Blumhouse's Fantasy Island

Jeff Wadlow (2020)

108min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Blumhouse, the Scare Factory du jour (The Purge, Insidious, Happy Death Day) gives the camp 1970s-80s TV series a tedious horror spin that, while initially somewhat intriguing in concept, gets more ridiculous and convoluted as it goes on. After winning a weekend getaway contest, five people arrive at a luxury resort. There they meet the mysterious Mr Roarke (Michael Peña), who has arranged for their wildest fantasies to come true. Ranging from school bully revenge and heroism to second chances and hedonistic excess, it's only when these dream desires start connecting nightmarishly, and Michael Rooker pops out of the jungle in wasted appearances to point them towards the truth, that the visitors realise something's wrong. Comatose direction by Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare) turns the comedy leaden, the horror perfunctory and the twists stupefying. But the Fiji locations and neat homages to the original show are quite nice...

Summary

After winning a contest, Gwen, Patrick, Melanie, and brothers JD and Brax arrive by plane at the seemingly idyllic Fantasy Island. They are greeted by resort worker Julia, and speculate about how the resort will fulfill their dreams. The island's enigmatic owner, Mr Roarke, explains that each of them will be given one fantasy and they must see it through to its conclusion, even if its result is not as the wisher intended. However, for many their dream holiday soon turns into a nightmare. Comedy horror based on the TV series, starring Michael Pena, Maggie Q and Lucy Hale.

Cast & Crew

Mr Roarke Michael Pena
Gwen Olsen Maggie Q
Melanie Cole Lucy Hale
Patrick Sullivan Austin Stowell
Brax Weaver Jimmy O Yang
Sloane Maddison Portia Doubleday
JD Weaver Ryan Hansen
Damon Michael Rooker
Devil Face Kim Coates
Julia Parisa Fitz-Henley
Chastity Charlotte McKinney
Director Jeff Wadlow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Threat and goreReleased on: 6 Mar 2020
Comedy Drama