Fantasy Island (2020) is the horror adaption of the popular 1970s TV show about a magical island resort. This instalment is written by Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach and Jeff Wadlow, who is also the director. The island takes competition winners for an unexpected wild and dangerous ride among the picturesque scenery.
It’s the perplexing and mysterious Mr Roarke who explains the rules of the island and how the island is ultimately in charge of what happens – but he does confirm that the fantasy will only end if it has played out. The lucky guests will see their secret fantasies come true at the luxurious but remote tropical resort – it’s the unlikely location that surprises the unsuspecting guests with dark twists and turns as well as danger at every corner. The audience becomes enthralled as the fantasies begin to turn into nightmares and the idyllic destination turns swiftly into hell. As the characters work hard to escape with their lives, the action scenes intensify. It seems that it is the way of the island to continually throw in plot twists to keep the audience guessing.
From the producer of Get Out (2017) and Halloween (2018), Fantasy Island doesn’t disappoint as it throws the characters in the deep end, where only the island knows how the fantasy will play out. Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) as Melanie is full of sass and doesn’t hold back. Elena, played by Maggie Q (Nikita), is a woman yearning to be a mother and is surprised with a child called Lila, who is none other than up-and-coming Peninsula star Jeriya Benn, who we featured in our January edition. Michael Peña (Ant Man) as Mr Roarke is hiding a fantasy of his own and adds to the list of obstacles for the hotel guests, alongside Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), who portrays the terrifying Devil Face.
Jump in for the ride as you witness for yourself the island taking control and twisting the fantasies that were asked for – or do you suspect that they are part of something else much bigger? We recommend you discover this for yourself. Every fantasy comes at a price, and lives will be changed for ever.
With the final scene suggesting an opening for a second film, we’d be eager to see it in order to discover more secrets that Fantasy Island holds.
KATE SEARS 6/10