Fantasy Island (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jeff Wadlow|
|Based on||Fantasy Island|
by Gene Levitt
|Music by||Bear McCreary|
|Edited by||Sean Albertson|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$21.6 million|
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (or simply Fantasy Island) is a 2020 American supernatural horror film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Jeff Wadlow. A horror reimagining of ABC's 1977 television series of the same name, it stars Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, and Michael Rooker. Produced by Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, the plot follows five people who visit the eponymous island, discovering that their fantasies brought to life turn into horrific living nightmares they must try to survive.
Fantasy Island was released in the United States on February 14, 2020. It received mostly negative reviews from critics, and has grossed $21 million worldwide against its $7 million production budget.
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Businesswoman Gwen Olsen, former policeman Patrick Sullivan, step-brothers J. D. and Brax Weaver, and the disturbed Melanie Cole win a contest that takes them to Fantasy Island, a tropical resort where their fantasies will apparently come true. Upon arrival, they meet the island's "keeper", Mr. Roarke, who warns them to see their fantasies through to their conclusions. That same night, J. D. and Brax fantasize about "having it all", making it come true when entering a rave at a mansion. The next morning, the remaining guests are taken to their fantasies: Patrick's to enlist in a war in honor of his late father; Melanie's to get revenge on a childhood bully; and Gwen's to accept a marriage proposal she rejected many years ago.
Gwen is taken back to the restaurant where her boyfriend Alan proposed to her and is surprised by the fantasy's realistic detail until Roarke convinces her to conclude it, so she accepts Alan's proposal. Meanwhile, Patrick's fantasy drops him into a jungle, where he is captured by a group of American soldiers and taken to their commander, who reveals himself as Patrick’s father on his last mission before dying; however, he doesn't initially believe Patrick is his son. In her fantasy, Melanie takes an elevator to an underground room where she discovers that her childhood bully, Sloane Maddison, is chained in a chair. Melanie receives several options to torture her and uploads an online video of Sloane cheating on her husband, before watching another video that reveals that Sloane was kidnapped and taken to the island to perform in the fantasy against her will. A masked surgeon enters the room to torture Sloane (the surgeon soon reveals himself to be a disfigured version of Melanie’s old therapist, whom she had nicknamed “Dr. Torture”) but Melanie uses one of the torture tools to electrocute him before rescuing her.
As night falls, Melanie and Sloane are attacked again by the surgeon, before being saved by Damon, a former soldier living on the island, who kills him. Damon takes them to a cave where he shows them the island's "heart": a glowing rock that shows a person's deepest desires. The spring water under the rock is the cause of creating the fantasy of anyone who drinks it, revealing that Roarke had mixed the water with their guests' drinks when they arrived on the island. Damon also explains that he came to the island as part of an army investigation, until Roarke granted him the wish of seeing his deceased daughter. Unfortunately, his fantasy turned into a living nightmare and he ended up being trapped on the island. The three collect some spring water and continue on their way to the torture room.
Finally, Patrick convinces his father that he is his son and they have an emotional reunion, while Gwen wakes up to discover that she has a daughter with Alan. When she is reluctant to continue her fantasy, Roarke reveals that he has one of his own, which is to be with his deceased wife, and it will continue fulfilling itself as long as he makes sure his guests are in their fantasies. Gwen asks to change her fantasy, explaining that she had not realized that the island’s fantasies would actually be real, to which Roarke reluctantly accepts, persuaded by the desire to continue seeing his wife. However, Fantasy Island begins to turn the guests' fantasies into living nightmares, as J .D. and Brax are attacked by a drug cartel associated with the mansion's owner and Gwen is taken (as she asked to be) to the night she accidentally caused a fire in her apartment, killing her neighbor Nick Taylor and leading her to depression. She tries to rescue Nick in the fantasy but falls unconscious in the fire, just to be rescued by Roarke's personal assistant, Julia, before realizing that all the other guests (except Melanie) were there that same night.
Meanwhile, Patrick's father attemps to flee the island with him to return home, but is called with his soldiers to rescue some hostages, who turn out to be J .D. and Brax in the mansion. The soldiers kill the cartel and rescue the brothers, but the cartel reanimates as zombies, who murder J. D. and the entire group of soldiers. Patrick's father sacrifices himself so that his son and Brax can escape back to the resort. At the same time, Melanie and Sloane are ambushed by the zombified surgeon, until Damon sacrifices himself by leaping over a cliff with the surgeon, killing them both. Sloane finds a phone when they arrive at the torture room, calling her husband and apologizing both to him and Melanie for her past mistakes, before convincing her husband to call Damon's military associates.
The remaining survivors regroup at the resort and attempt to leave the island, but are cornered by the staff. Roarke reveals that the guests are part of someone else's fantasy in which they are killed. Realizing that everyone was involved in Nick's death, the guests deduce that is Roarke’s fantasy (believing Julia to be Nick’s mother) and escape to the dock, where they watch a rescue plane sent by Damon's associates, only for it to be shot down by the zombified drug cartel. The group runs into the jungle and enter the cave to destroy the glowing rock with a grenade that Brax is carrying. While exploring the cave, the guests are attracted to their personal demons' manifestations, but they regroup and find the rock, only to be surrounded by Roarke and the zombies. After trying to throw the grenade, the guests discover that they are all part of Melanie's true fantasy; she seeks revenge on everyone for Nick's death, with whom she was supposed to have a date. It is also revealed that Julia is actually Roarke's wife, reappearing as part of his fantasy. When Julia begins to die, she convinces Roarke to let her go and help the guests to escape from the island before disappearing.
Suddenly, Sloane takes a sip of the collected spring water before fantasizing about Melanie's death, causing her to be dragged into the water by Nick's zombified corpse. Before drowning, Melanie detonates the grenade against the survivors, but Patrick sacrifices himself by jumping over it to protect the others. The fantasy concludes, and Gwen, Sloane and Brax wake up at the resort, discovering that Patrick died from his injuries while Roarke finally agrees to let them go. As the survivors board a plane to leave Fantasy Island, Brax wishes for J .D. to come back to life and go home, so he decides to stay in the island with Roarke for his fantasy to come true. After Gwen, Sloane, and J. D. take off on the plane, Roarke asks Brax to be his personal assistant and to have a nickname. Remembering a nickname that J. D. named him at school, Brax chooses to call himself "Tattoo", initiating the 1977 television series' events.
- Michael Peña as Mr. Roarke
- Maggie Q as Gwen Olsen
- Lucy Hale as Melanie Cole
- Austin Stowell as Patrick Sullivan
- Portia Doubleday as Sloane Maddison
- Jimmy O. Yang as Brax Weaver / Tattoo
- Ryan Hansen as J. D. Weaver
- Michael Rooker as Damon
- Parisa Fitz-Henley as Julia
- Goran D. Kleut as Mr. Sullivan
- Evan Evagora as Nick Taylor
- Robbie Jones as Alan
- Kim Coates as Devil Face
- Ian Roberts as the Surgeon
- Charlotte McKinney as Chastity
It was announced in July 2018 that a horror film adaptation of the Fantasy Island television series was being developed at Blumhouse Productions and Sony Pictures, described as a mix of Westworld and The Cabin in the Woods. Jeff Wadlow was set to direct as well as co-write the screenplay, and co-produce.
In October 2018, Michael Peña, Jimmy O. Yang, Dave Bautista and Lucy Hale joined the cast. In November 2018, during an interview, Wadlow disclosed that Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday and Ryan Hansen were added as well, though Bautista was no longer to appear in the film.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||February 14, 2020|
|Bear McCreary chronology|
All tracks are written by Bear McCreary.
|1.||"You Are One of My Guests"||1:37|
|3.||"Regret is a Disease"||2:26|
|4.||"Your Fantasy Begins Now"||5:47|
|6.||"The Life You Wanted"||2:51|
|9.||"Brax Makes His Move"||2:44|
|10.||"You Deserve It"||2:04|
|11.||"The Heart of the Island"||4:38|
|13.||"A Devil, a Pig and a Clown"||6:36|
|14.||"Not My Fantasy"||2:58|
|15.||"The Island’s Secret"||8:49|
|16.||"In the Cave"||4:24|
|17.||"Hate in My Heart"||3:05|
|18.||"Every Guest Gets a Fantasy"||6:01|
|19.||"What Happens Now"||2:40|
Fantasy Island was released on February 14, 2020. It was originally scheduled to open on February 28, 2020, before being moved up, with another Blumhouse production, The Invisible Man, being set for its original date.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Sonic the Hedgehog, The Photograph and Downhill, and was projected to gross $13–20 million from 2,770 theaters in its four-day President's Day opening weekend. It made $5.7 million on its first day, and went on to debut to $12.6 million for its first three days, and a total $14 million over four, finishing third at the box office.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 8% based on 49 reviews with an average rating of 2.9/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Fantasy Island tries to show audiences the dark side of wish fulfillment, but mainly serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of exhuming long-dead franchises." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 20 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C–" on an A+ to F scale, and PostTrak reported it received an average 2 out of 5 stars, with 37% of people surveyed saying they would definitely recommend it.
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film "inane" and "contrived," and wrote that "it feels like someone planted about a half-dozen different scripts all over this Fantasy Island." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film zero out of five stars, writing, "If crimes against cinema merited prosecution, Blumhouse's Fantasy Island would go directly to death row. [...] The only genuine, blood-curdling scream incited by this stupefyingly dull time- and money-waster comes at the end, when the notion dawns that [the film] is meant to spawn sequels. Stop it now, before it kills again." Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com wrote that the film "contains less raw terror in its entirety than Sonic the Hedgehog during any five minutes of its running time," calling it "utterly boring" and "no sane person's fantasy of a half-decent movie."
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