Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Why 'Fantasy Island' promises to be the first horror phenomenon of 2020

The house in charge of movies like Let me out or the most recent Halloween is on its way to rampage at the box office with a new horror title. The name of the new Blumhouse Productions bet is Fantasy Island and viewers can already get an idea of ​​what to expect thanks to the premiere of their first trailer.

Fantasy Island includes the premise of the adventure series starring Ricardo Montalbán between the late 70s and early 80s. Known in Spain as The Island of Fantasy, television production followed different visitors traveling to a paradise island to Live your biggest dreams helped by the host, Mr. Roarke, and his assistant Tattoo. But the fantasies of the guests always ended up having unexpected results.

Valerie Lundeen, wife of Ron Ely, Fantasy Island an actor remembered for his portrayal of Tarzan in the 1960s TV series, was brutally attacked in his mansion in Santa Barbara County, California, by his own son, Cameron. Both died at the scene, the former beauty queen of 62 years for her serious injuries and the quarterback after receiving at least 24 bullet impacts from the police.

The gloomy event happened on October 15, but the case was revived again because the local police published the video that shows when Ron Ely's son was executed.

In the five-minute clip you can listen to the conversation that the officers began with Cameron, after receiving an emergency report at the residence of the 81-year-old actor and the former beauty queen of 62.

"Keep your hands up, okay?" One of the officers told the 30-year-old American football player.

After a few seconds, Santa Barbara officers shot several times at the suspect of intimidating his parents.

The Blumhouse movie promises to give this concept a terrific twist, turning the protagonists' fantasies into nightmares. Judging by the trailer, Fantasy Island seems to collect references from mystery series like Lost and Westworld and meta horror movies like The Cabin in the Woods.

Just like the Joss Whedon movie released in 2012, Fantasy Island also follows a varied group of archetypal characters who deal with the consequences of their chosen fantasies and with an island that conspires against them. As is often the case with titles like this, the amalgam of genres and parallel plots can be the victory or the bane of the film.
Fantasy Island stars Lucy Hale (Truth or dare), Maggie Q (Nikita) and a Michael Peña (Ant-Man) who will pick up the witness of Montalbán to incarnate the intriguing Mr. Roarke. In the director's chair sits Jeff Wadlow, with experience in the Blumhouse house for having directed precisely Hale in Truth or dare or for having taken care of the sequel to Kick-Ass. The film premieres next February in the United States. In Spain, Sony will release it in theaters on March 20.

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