Universal / Netflix
Even if Blumhouse is known for critical hits and cinema successes such as «Get Out», «The Purge» or «Halloween», one must not forget that the production company specializing in the horror genre also releases a lot of average goods, some of which not even making waves in the direct-to-DVD market. Although » Fantasy Island «, which is now available with a Netflix subscription, has made it to the big screen, the mystery adventure is one of the studio’s failures.
Jeff Wadlow ‘s «Fantasy Island» is exactly the surprise bag that one would expect from Blumhouse. It is a remake of the cult series of the same name from the 1970s, which was broadcast in Germany for many years as afternoon family entertainment. With the answer to the question of how the new edition, after which nobody asked after two failed TV reboots, should now become a horror flick, those responsible for «Fantasy Island» also seem to be overwhelmed.
In the official FILMSTARTS review, «Fantasy Island» only gets 2 out of a possible 5 stars. The horror adventure is described by our author Madeleine Eger as «off-the-shelf horror» . As a homage to the original series and due to some crazy ideas and the funny high-gloss (cheap) look, the film can «at least [develop] a significant potential for guilty pleasure».
The official FILMSTARTS review of «Fantasy Island».
That’s what «Fantasy Island» is about
Fantasy Island is the colorful and paradise island of the mysterious millionaire Mr. Roarke ( Michael Pena ). This is in the middle of the blue ocean, away from civilization. Roarke, who seems to have extraordinary powers, offers paying customers on his island for a considerable fee to fulfill their deepest desires, dreams and fantasies in the truest sense of the word.
And the new guests want a lot — some want action and adventure, others party and sex, still others long to right the biggest mistake of their lives or to take revenge on old enemies. But the vacation on Fantasy Island turns into a horror trip and the supposed paradise into a death trap when a series of murders shakes the island. The isolated tourist soon realizes that one should think very carefully about what one wishes for…
Fantasy Island Trailer DF