Everyone has a fantasy, whether it's experiencing a different life and career or righting past wrongs. However, some fantasies are darker—things no one would ever act out in real life. In Blumhouse's Fantasy Island, any fantasy could come true, but be careful what you wish for because here fantasies come with a price.
Serving as a producer on Fantasy Island is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum, whose label has brought horror fans some of the top movies in the genre including Paranormal Activity (2009), The Purge (2013), Get Out (2017), Happy Death Day (2017), and Halloween (2018). Blumhouse's newest title, based on the telelvision series from the 1970s, fits squarely into the production companies oeuvre, according to Blum:
"The reason this is a Blumhouse film is that we try to focus on character and drama and story—anything scary is organic to the storyteling and to the dramatic arcs of the characters," says Blum. "When fans go to see Blumhouse's Fantasy Island, they're going to see this situation that—except for the island where wishes come true—feels very grounded. It feels very real. And because of that, it feels much scarier.
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As for the fantasies themselves, they range from shallow extravagances to deeper, more emotional fantasies cemented in regret. But no matter the fantasy, each island visitor soon finds it goes deeper than expected. At the center of the fantasies is Mr. Roarke (played by Michael Peña), the enigmatic, white-suited steward of the island. However, Roarke's relationship to the island is not exactly clear. As producer, director, and co-writer Jeff Wadlow notes, "We begin to question the power dynamic as the island starts to manifest as a character itself." Although not an imitation of Ricardo Montalbán's TV character, Michael Peña's Mr. Roarke is still inspired by the Mexican actor's legendary performance:
"That performance is so cemented in my imagination, in my recollection, my memories," says Peña. "I did it just a little bit like he did -- it's not an imitation, it's a personaliztion of things that he did."
Take a look at all the movies from Blumhouse Productions coming to theatres this year, beginning with the release of Fantasy Island this Friday, February 14th.
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Release Date: February 14, 2020
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Horror
Starring: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker
Directed By: Jeff Wadlow
Written By: Jeff Wadlow & Chris Roach & Jillian Jacobs
In Blumhouse's Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious and remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies become nightmares, the guests have to solve the island's mystery in order to escape with their lives.
THE INVISIBLE MAN
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Directed By: Leigh Whannell
Written By: Leigh Whannell
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brillaint scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge), and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia's abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Release Date: March 13, 2020
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Starring: Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank
Directed By: Craig Zobel
Written By: Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen...for a very specific purpose...The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites' master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin), knows The Hunters' game better than they do.
UNTITLED PURGE SEQUEL
Release Date: July 10, 2020
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Starring: Susie Abromeit, Anthony Molinari, Gregory Zaragoza, Sammi Rotibi, Brett Edwards, Ana de la Reguera, Leven Rambin, Tenoch Huerta
Directed By: Everardo Gout
Written By: James DeMonaco
The Untitled Purge Sequel will be the fifth movie in The Purge franchise, which began in 2013 with The Purge. The movies focus on an annual night of violence which allows revelers to legally "purge" their unproductive emotions of hate, jealousy, and rage in state-sanctioned mayhem, destruction, and murder.
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, Andi Matichak, Stephanie McIntyre, Robert Longstreet, Omar J. Dorsey, Dylan Arnold, Nick Castle
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Written By: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Scott Teems, John Carpenter (based on characters created by), Debra Hill (based on characters created by)
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) continues in the next chapter of the Halloween series. Halloween Kills is a sequel to 2018's Halloween and the 12th movie in the series, which began with John Carpenter's 1978 hit movie, Halloween.
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island is now playing at Regal.