After “Black Christmas” (out in France this past December), “Us”, “Happy Birthdead 2 You” and “Glass” released in 2019, producer Jason Blum and his production studio Blumhouse plan to take over movie theaters with their movies next year.
First movie expected in 2020, “Fantasy Island”, a reimagining from the TV Series of the same name from the 70’s – 80’s. A version out on February 12, 2020 and on demand from June 12, 2020 in France and very into horror which is Blumhouse’s specialty.
It’s Jeff Wadlow who directs “Fantasy Island” and to whom we already owe “Truth or Dare” and “Kick-Ass 2”. In this scary movie he directs Michael Peña (Dora and the lost city of gold, Ant-Man and the Swap, The Mule, The Martian), Maggie Q (as seen on TV series Nikita and Stalker and in the Divergent saga) and Lucy Hale (also starring in Truth or Dare).
On this Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Peña) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort.
But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
Jeff Wadlow built “Fantasy Island” so that we can follow – at the beginning – the fantasy of each guest which helps building suspense. But, in the end they all turn into nightmares, these fantasies end up intertwining, creating a bond at the end of the movie.
If “Fantasy Island” is a thriller, Wadlow hasn’t forget to add a splash of humor, yes, you’ll laugh at the misfortune of Roarke’s guests.
Moreover, he films a luxuriant forest, a paradise island surrounded by clear water… where our characters will suffer a real nightmare with big guns and explosions. Explosive! Characters created by Wadlow, the strange employees of the resort, seem to come straight out of a Tim Burton movie. Aas for Maggie Q, her character is much more smiling and brighter (well, when she arrives on the island) than the one she plays in the Stalker series. The director multiplies cinematographic references: big party like in “Spring Breakers” and other teen movies, torture room like in the “Saw” saga, a safety room like in “Panic Room” but hiding a huge armory… People enjoying this kind of movies will have fun to find all the easter eggs put here and there in “Fantasy Island”. A very delightful movie.