For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Review: Fantasy Island (2020)

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, this reinvention of the 1970’s classic television show Fantasy Island puts more of a horror spin on proceedings with Michael Pena playing the “keeper” of the island Mr. Roarke with his assistant Julia (Parisa Fitz-Henley).

The island is visited by competition winners Gwen Olsen (Maggie Q) a businesswoman, former police officer Patrick Sullivan (Austin Stowell), stepbrothers JD (Ryan Hansen) and Brax Weaver (Jimmy O. Yang), and Melanie Cole (Lucy Hale). These competition winners are looking forward to their wild fantasies coming true. Although Mr. Roarke does warn them that they MUST see their fantasies through to their conclusions.

First to get their fantasy are JD and Brax who are taken to a crazy rave party at a huge mansion are where they can start “having it all.” The following morning Patrick’s to enlist in the war in honour of his fallen father, Melanie gets to have her revenge on a childhood bully, and Gwen will get to accept a marriage proposal she turned down years earlier.

Like the Fantasy Island TV show the film dabbles with the be careful what you wish for idea and takes it a step further with some additional supernatural elements. There are some genuinely good plot twists and turns in this movie on paper but in execution it comes across like an MTV Spring Break TV special on speed. Pena is always reliable as are Kim Coates and Michael Rooker (who pop up during the proceeds) but something just doesn’t flow right in the overall presentation of the movie.

Verdict: 5/10. Within the script is a great movie plot that somehow got manipulated into a presentation that more resembles Love Island than Fantasy Island.


Related Posts
Ted McGinley

Theodore Martin "Ted" McGinley was born May 30, 1958 in Newport Beach, California, the son of Emily and Bob McGinley. He was Read more

Robert Tessier

You may not know the name but the face you will have seen on the big and small screen. For Robert Read more

Review: Vivarium (2020)

Vivarium comes from the minds of director Lorcan Finnegan and writer Garret Shanley. It has been developed from their previous Read more

Review: Trolls World Tour (2020)

Before we go any further let us just remember that this is a children's movie aimed at children for children, Read more

Review: The Platform (2019)

If you ever needed a satirical metaphor about the world and how we all treat each other then look no Read more

Review: The Lurker (2019)

The Lurker is a slasher thriller film starring scream queen Scout Taylor Compton as high school senior Taylor, who seems Read more

Review: Stargirl Ep. 1: Pilot

DC's latest show Stargirl opens immediately with some impressive scope and big stakes. The Justice Society of America are under Read more

Review: Space Force – Season One

Now let me start by saying that in discussion with Brett, he gave me the rest of season one of Read more

Review: Porno (2020)

Keola Racela's Porno takes place in a more innocent pre-internet/streaming time when A League of their Own and Encino Man Read more

Review: Onward (2020)

Onward is set in the suburban fantasy world of New Mushroom where elves, fairies, manticore, centaurs, unicorns, dragons and a Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

One thought on “Review: Fantasy Island (2020)

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: