Fantasy Island Review: A Horror Reboot Gone Bad

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(l to r) Lucy Hale, Portia Doubleday and Maggie Q in Columbia Pictures' BLUMHOUSE'S FANTASY ISLAND.
“Fantasy Island 1970’s Hervé Villechaize &  Ricardo Montalban”

Fantasy Island is a horror of the popular ’70s TV show about a magical island resort. For Blumhouse, they tried to tackle 3 key genres making it into an Adventure, Comedy, & Horror film. There’s a problem with that, the movie did not execute either of those.

“Michael Pena Mr. Roarke”

Welcome To Fantasy Island

Mr. Roarke played by (Michael Peña) the owner of the island he makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true, at a luxurious tropical resort. each character like Melanie (Lucy Hale), Bradley (Ryan Hansen), Randall (Austin Stowell), Brax (Jimmy O. Yang), Elena (Maggie Q), & Sonja (Portia Doubleday) all had different fantasies that had to be fulfilled. Most were just life lessons, dramatic life experience, and overcoming the past.

Be careful what you wished for”.

talking guest
“Lucy Hale, Micheal Pena & Austin Stowell”

As The Movie Starts

It goes from project X parting and drinking to a poorly written slasher film. Which automatically will lose your attention with the runtime being nearly 2hrs long it began to get boring. One major thing was way too much time forcing jump scares, and focusing on one particular character. Where her fantasy was to have a second chance with the love of her life and start a family.

Fantasy Island Takes A Weird Turn

The transition between each character’s fantasy felt completely rushed. Not only was it rushed it became weird as they started to add in extra characters that really didn’t belong. Such as army squad, dangerous henchmen, models, zombies bleeding out their eyes. One curious character warning the guest to leave the island. And a crystal that generates somewhat of a power source that helps creates all the fantasies.

As the plot twists begin it becomes boring and predictable. Every scene had some forced joke that tried way too hard to make you laugh. As the intensity would kick in they would stop. and interrupt it by switching to another character. Which can be very annoying for any moviegoer. this won’t be the one for you, but can’t really expect much from PG-13 movie.

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