Are you ready for Blumhouse’s horror take on the classic TV series FANTASY ISLAND
The debut trailer for the big-screen version of the classic TV show ‘Fantasy Island‘ has finally made its debut online today. The original show starred legendary actor Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize and ran for seven years from 1977 until 1984 and was a fantasy drama. The basic premise was a mysterious island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where anyone from any walk of life could visit and live out their fantasies although there was always a price to be paid. Montalban played the mysterious Mr Roarke, who oversaw the island and Villechaize played his sidekick, Tattoo who gave the world the catchphrase ‘Boss! The Plane! The Plane!’ during every episode.
Now, Columbia Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are bringing the show to the big screen but with a horror twist. Michael Pena now takes on the role of Mr Roarke in this new incarnation and the film looks like a supernatural horror-filled rollercoaster ride. Let us take a look at the trailer:
The film’s official synopsis goes:
The enigmatic Mr Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
I grew up with the original version of the property but in all honesty, I believe the filmmakers have taken the correct route bringing it to the screen. While Montalban and company always left the viewer with a sense of satisfaction and kept them tuning in on a weekly basis to watch what was in reality, a moral tale every episode. Like the man who wanted to make a fortune and won millions playing at the island’s casino only to lose it all in a single turn of a card, finding out that he had the greatest riches anyone could ask for in having a loving wife and family who he had been neglecting in his pursuit of wealth. It was stories like this that made the show the success it was.
But by turning the idea into a horror film with really sinister undertones, the film looks like it’s going to explore an idea that was always there in the show but was never investigated or acted upon. And that’s what makes me curious to see how it all plays out in February next year when the film hits the multiplexes. If the writers have nailed the tone lying beneath the fun of the show and exploit it into a suspenseful horror/ thriller, then we may all be reconsidering our deeply held hopes and fantasies in case we actually get to live them and all have to pay the price that it will incur.
Fantasy Island opens on Valentine’s Day 2020.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones and Horror movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!
Source: Sony Pictures