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Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it in Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island

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Imagine an island getaway where your deepest, darkest, innermost fantasy can come true. No, I’m not talking about Netflix’s The I-Land (because that’s the biggest bowl of tripe they’ve ever served up), I’m talking about Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island. Do you want to party the night away, reconnect with lost loved ones, or maybe even take violent revenge on a rival? Whatever you want can be yours, for a price – but that price could be more than you imagined you’d pay.

If this all sounds a bit familiar to you, that’s because the movie is inspired by the original TV series of the same name. Preceded by two TV movies, the series aired for seven seasons between 1977 and 1984 and starred KHAAAAAN! Ricardo Montalbán as the enigmatic Mr. Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as his assistant, Tattoo. The pair would do their utmost to deliver the fantasies their guests requested, but almost always with a twist. It was also rebooted for a single season in 1998, with Malcolm McDowell in the lead.

This remake leans more towards horror, and sees Michael Peña (Ant-Man) take on the mantle of Mr. Roarke and Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage) as his assistant. Joining them on the island are Maggie Q, Ryan Hansen, Jimmy O. Yang, Lucy Hale, Portia Doubleday, Kim Coates, Charlotte McKinney, and Michael Rooker. It’s directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and written by Jillian Jacobs and Christopher Roach – who all worked together previously on Truth or Dare.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

In Blumhouse’s new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke 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.

Let’s take a look:

This looks like a pretty stock-standard horror thriller, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have some fun watching it. It’s decently shot with some gorgeous locations, we’ve got an eclectic group of travelers hoping to live out their fantasies, a mystery to unravel, and while it doesn’t seem particularly scary there is a lovely creepy atmosphere pervading the movie.

What do you think?

Fantasy Island is due for release in the US on 14 February 2020 which, as the poster below notes, is Valentine’s Day – so it’s a date night movie.

Last Updated: November 12, 2019

12 Comments

  1. Recently watched Extinction (also Pena), not a great movie, but an interesting plot twist, solid 5/10

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 12, 2019 at 13:47

      I watched that a couple of months ago, was decent enough. I’d be perfectly happy for them to push out more movies like that – solid B-grade stuff.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 12, 2019 at 13:47

      I watched that a couple of months ago, was decent enough. I’d be perfectly happy for them to push out more movies like that – solid B-grade stuff.

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  2. Hammersteyn

    November 12, 2019 at 13:02

    My fantasy would be that the only food on the island is pizza…….. with pineapple!

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 12, 2019 at 13:26

      You mean a torturous hellhole of no escape?

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      • HvR

        November 12, 2019 at 13:27

        Take off the pineapple mix with water and let it ferment.

        Then you have ham pizza and beer.

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        • Admiral Chief

          November 12, 2019 at 13:28

          You, I like you even more now

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 12, 2019 at 13:27

      You mean a torturous hellhole of no escape?

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    • Darren Peach

      November 12, 2019 at 13:27

      In some circles, that’s considered a cardinal sin…putting fruit on a pizza.

      Reply

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