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||$47.3 million|
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (or simply Fantasy Island) is a 2020 American supernatural horror film directed and co-written by Jeff Wadlow. A horror re-imagination and prequel to 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 Wadlow and Marc Toberoff, as well as Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner, the plot follows five people who visit the eponymous island, discovering that their dream fantasies brought to life begin to turn into horrific living nightmares they must try to survive.
Fantasy Island was released in the United States on February 14, 2020 by Sony Pictures Releasing. It was critically panned, but was a box office success, grossing $47 million worldwide against its $7 million production budget.
Businesswoman Gwen Olsen, former police officer Patrick Sullivan, step-brothers J. D. and Brax Weaver, and disturbed Melanie Cole win a contest to visit Fantasy Island, a tropical resort where fantasies apparently come true. Upon arrival, they meet the island's "keeper", Mr. Roarke, and are taken to their fantasies: J. D. and Brax enter a rave at a mansion; Patrick enlists in a war in honor of his late father; Melanie decides to take revenge on a bully; and Gwen accepts her boyfriend Alan's marriage proposal she rejected many years ago. Patrick is captured by a group of American soldiers and discovers that their commander is his father on his last mission before dying, while Melanie enters an underground room where she tortures her bully, Sloane Maddison, by uploading an online video of her cheating on her husband.
However, another video reveals that Sloane was kidnapped and taken to the island to perform the fantasy against her will. Melanie saves her from a masked surgeon and they run away. As night falls, both are attacked again by the surgeon before he is killed by Damon, a private investigator living on the island. Damon takes them to a cave, where he explains that the fantasies are created by the spring water under the island's "heart": a glowing rock that shows a person's deepest desires. After revealing that Roarke mixed the water with his guests' drinks, Damon explains that he came to the island to investigate until Roarke offered him a wish to see his deceased daughter. Unfortunately, his fantasy turned into a living nightmare that trapped him on the island. The trio collect some spring water and continue to the resort to find a phone.
Gwen wakes up to discover that she has a daughter with Alan. When she is reluctant to continue, Roarke appears and reveals that he has his own fantasy, which is to be with his deceased wife, and it will be fulfilled as long as he grants his guests their fantasies. Gwen manages to convince Roarke to change her fantasy by persuading him that he will continue to see his wife. However, Fantasy Island begins to turn the other fantasies into living nightmares as J. D. and Brax are attacked by a drug cartel associated with the mansion's owner, while Gwen is taken to the night she accidentally caused a fire that killed her neighbor Nick Taylor. She tries to rescue Nick, but falls unconscious in the fire, only to be rescued by Roarke's personal assistant, Julia. Gwen also realizes that all the other guests, except Melanie, were there that same night.
At the same time, Patrick attempts to leave the island with his father, but he is called to rescue some hostages, who turn out to be J. D. and Brax in the mansion. The soldiers kill the cartel, but they reanimate as zombies and murder J. D. and the rest of the soldiers. Patrick's father sacrifices himself so that his son and Brax can escape back to the resort. Melanie and Sloane are ambushed by the zombified surgeon, until Damon leaps over a cliff with him, killing them both. Arriving at the resort, Sloane calls her husband and convinces him to call Damon's military associates. The remaining survivors regroup at the resort, but are cornered by Roarke, who reveals that the guests are part of someone else's fantasy in which they are all killed.
Realizing that everyone was involved in Nick's death, the guests deduce that this is Roarke's fantasy, believing that he and Julia are Nick's parents. The guests escape to the dock to be rescued by a plane sent by Damon's associates, only for it to be shot down by the cartel. The group runs to the cave to destroy the glowing rock with a grenade that Brax is carrying. While searching, the survivors are confronted by manifestations of their personal demons, but they regroup and find the rock. Suddenly, Melanie stabs and wounds Patrick before taking Sloane hostage. Melanie reveals that this is her true fantasy, having orchestrated everyone's arrival to seek revenge on them for the death of Nick, with whom she was supposed to have a date on the night he died; it is also revealed that Julia is actually Roarke's wife, reappearing with him as part of his fantasy.
Julia begins to die, but before disappearing she convinces Roarke to let her go and help his guests to escape from the island. Reminded by Roarke that she can have a fantasy fulfilled, Sloane fantasizes Melanie being together with Nick. This causes Melanie to be attacked by Nick's zombified corpse, which drags her into the water. Before drowning, she detonates the grenade against the survivors, but Patrick sacrifices himself by falling on it to protect the others. The fantasy concludes, and Gwen, Sloane and Brax wake up at the resort, discovering that Patrick died a hero, while a now-purified Roarke finally agrees to let them go.
As the survivors board a plane to leave the now-purified Fantasy Island, Brax wishes for J. D. to come back to life and go home. Roarke explains this fantasy can come true; however Brax must remain on the Island for it to come true. After Gwen, Sloane, and J. D. depart on the plane, Roarke asks Brax to be his new personal assistant. He asks Brax if he has ever had a nickname (a running joke between J.D and Brax is that he got a nickname in school that he doesn't like; J.D calls him T). Brax reveals that he got a bad tattoo in school. Over his heart the tattoo says, "Tattoo" initiating the 1977 television series' events.
- Michael Peña as Mr. Roarke, the enigmatic "keeper" of Fantasy Island and Julia's husband.
- Maggie Q as Gwen Olsen, a businesswoman who visits the island to realize her fantasy of accepting a marriage proposal.
- Lucy Hale as Melanie Cole, a disturbed girl who visits the island to realize her fantasy of taking revenge on a childhood bully.
- Austin Stowell as Patrick Sullivan, a former police officer who visits the island to realize his fantasy of enlisting on a war in honor of his late father.
- Portia Doubleday as Sloane Madison, Melanie's childhood bully, who was kidnapped and sent to the island to perform in a fantasy.
- Jimmy O. Yang as Brax Weaver / Tattoo, J. D.'s younger brother, who visits the island to realize his fantasy of "having it all".
- Ryan Hansen as J. D. Weaver, Brax's older brother, who visits the island to realize his fantasy of "having it all".
- Michael Rooker as Damon, a private investigator sent to investigate the true intentions of Fantasy Island.
- Parisa Fitz-Henley as Julia Roarke, Roarke's deceased wife, who reappears on the island as his personal assistant on his fantasy.
- Mike Vogel as Lieutenant Sullivan, Patrick's deceased father, who reappears as part of his fantasy on his last war mission before dying.
- Evan Evagora as Nick Taylor, Melanie's crush, who died in a fire involving the other guests of the island.
- Robbie Jones as Allen Chambers, Gwen's ex-boyfriend, to whom he proposed marriage.
- Kim Coates as Devil Face, the leader of the drug cartel that seeks to kill J. D. and Brax.
- Ian Roberts as Dr. Torture, a masked surgeon brought to the island to torture, and possibly kill, Sloane as part of Melanie's original fantasy.
- Charlotte McKinney as Chastity, a party girl who appears as part of J. D. and Brax's fantasy of "having it all".
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.
The majority of the filming took place in Navodo Bay in Fiji. Minor scenes were filmed in New York and Mississippi.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||February 14, 2020|
|Bear McCreary chronology|
On February 14, 2020, Madison Gate Records released the score soundtrack for the film composed by Bear McCreary. Jared Lee performed a track titled "Don’t Wish Your Life Away", which appeared in the film's end credits and was released as a single on January 31, 2020.
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 originally was scheduled to open on February 28, 2020, before being moved up, with another Blumhouse production, The Invisible Man, being set for its original date.
Fantasy Island was released on digital on April 14, 2020. Later, the film released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 12, 2020.
Fantasy Island grossed $26.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $20.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $47.3 million, against a production budget of $7 million.
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 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 100 reviews, with an average rating of 3.22/10. 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 22 out of 100, based on 29 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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