Fantasy Island – A Film Review

Courtesy: BlumHouse

BlumHouse is known for its extreme supernatural/horror films. Nowadays, between so many cliches, and the amount of boring thrillers that there are, I only watch horror films if its through BlumHouse productions.

Recently, I went with a friend to see the new Fantasy Island movie in theaters, and I’ll start off by saying that it didn’t disappoint. Although the film was in no way scary, it was different from anything that I’ve ever seen before. 

It started off with five contest winners getting off of a private plane. They arrived on a beautiful island, and they walked onto the island with the intention of having their dreams come true. Before arriving to their destination, each of the participants had to write down their biggest fantasy, so that the employees could make their dreams a reality.

Well, that’s exactly what they did. The protagonist, Melanie, wanted to get revenge on the woman who bullied her all throughout high school. When it was her turn for her own fantasy, she walked into a dark basement room, flipped the light on, and her high school bully was strapped to a chair in a room opposite from her. She assumed that it was just a hologram, but rest assured that it was not.

It was the beginning of a long, and very unpredictable adventure. One contestant after the other had their deepest desires, and life long fantasies brought to life. The island was truly something special, and they were all having the time of their lives.

That is, until it got dark. There were secrets that were sprinkled in, that had the audience on the edge of their seats. That was something that I have to give BlumHouse a lot of credit for. The entire film was very mysterious, and only revealed what the filmmakers wanted us to know.

They also gave absolutely no time to analyze. Whenever I see a new film, I’m always very analytical, and I like to predict what’s going to happen before the end. Fantasy Island was one of those rare films, where I wasn’t able to predict the ending. I kept trying to think about it, but it was so fast paced, that if you blinked for even a minute, you missed something.

The special effects were incredible, and having been present on film sets in the past, I know how difficult it is to prepare for each scene. I give a lot of credit to the art department, for building each of the fantasy sets, because that kind of stuff takes a lot of time.

After watching the film, I was trying to figure out where I’ve seen a concept like that, and what I could compare it to, and honestly, I ended up not being able to compare it to anything. I went in, expecting to be scared, and although that didn’t happen, it was worth every cent of what I paid for. I paid for something unique, and that’s exactly what I got and more. 

Also, Lucy Hale’s acting in the film was absolutely superb. Since watching her play the role of Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars, Hale has proven time and time again, that she can play more than just a high school teenager. 

The ending, while sad and emotional, was very satisfying, and didn’t end with one of those cliche cliffhangers.

Overall, I highly recommend watching it. You might be able to find it online, as long as SONY and BlumHouse are willing to release it early. Fingers crossed!

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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