Fantasy Island Review

Hi, everyone! I went to see the reboot Fantasy Island last night. I’m going to jump into it so as always, there’s going to be some spoilers ahead so beware..

Each guest is given only one fantasy and are warned that they “must see it through to it’s natural conclusion“.

Fantasy Island plays with the phrase ‘don’t drink the water’. The film is directed by Jeff Wadlow (Prey, Truth or Dare). The story is adapted from a late 1970’s anthology series by the same name. I remember watching a lot of the episodes as a kid so I was very excited to see that this film was being released. The premise of the story is that ‘guests’ are flown to a mysterious island to fulfill their deepest desires, although about halfway through, the participants quickly realize that there’s trouble in paradise and everything is not what it seems.

This installment focuses on five guests who won a contest; Elena (Maggie Q), Melanie (Lucy Hale), brothers JD (Jimmy Yang) and Brax and a former cop, Patrick (Austin Stowell). The island is ran by the mysterious Mr. Roarke (Michael Pena). Each of the guest’s fantasy seems to transpire from emotional guilt or pain. As we get into each fantasy, eventually they all come together in one story. Before they enter their fantasy, we see black water secretly dripping around their surroundings.

Melanie wishes to incite revenge on a childhood bully. Brax wants to be a soldier and spend time with his father, who passed away on tour. JD and Brax (the comedy relief of the group), just want to party. Elena wishes to redo a previous relationship she walked away from, but PLOT TWIST, she decided she wants another fantasy and runs the movie an extra hour.

I thought the ending was cute because there was a small throwback reference where a certain character stays behind as Mr. Roarke’s assistant and is given the nickname ‘Tattoo’. All in all, I thought it was an okay movie, although I wouldn’t classify it as ‘horror’ as the trailers led us to believe. The story was a complete mess two thirds in. There was so much going on that was unnecessary and I felt like the ‘monsters’ were thrown into the story as a cheap shot to make it ‘horror’. I would humbly give this a 4/10 monster rating. The storyline, “twists” and character deaths were way too predictable and it felt as though the movie dragged on with trying to make the character backstories complex. There were a lot of random plotholes with how the island and fantasies operate, but honestly I stopped caring halfway through. It stayed true to providing the feel of the original series but I was hoping that Blumhouse would give us something way more dark and twisted. There was so much potential but I would suggest to stay home from this vacation.

My Valentine Review

Hey everyone! I’m a little late on writing this because everything has been so hectic. Anyway, I finally had time to watch My Valentine on Hulu. I love the Into the Dark series and Valentine’s Day is actually one of my favorite holidays so I was stoked to hear about this. This is going to be a small little blurb but I’d love to hear your thoughts if you saw the movie.

If you guys haven’t seen Into the Dark series by Blumhouse, I highly recommend it because each episode is a twisted take on each holiday. ‘My Valentine’ has to be one of my favorites, however, because it deals with abuse and it hit home for me with how they played out the dialogue.

I’m gonna go on a short, honest tangent here because this is my page so why not. I was in a relationship with a narcissist a few years back and let me tell you, that shit is absolutely traumatizing. I’m ashamed to admit it but I still have a lot of trust issues because of it (yay, therapy!). He was verbally abusive, extremely controlling and made me question my sanity half the time. The whiplash you experience after going through something like that is fucking painful. Accepting what happened and learning to forgive and rebuild yourself is even harder. The main character’s portrayal of going through the situation and moving on was kind of emotional to watch. Like Valentine, after I left him, I experienced a lot of false rumors and it felt like a lot of the people that were supposed to be my friends abandoned me because of the lies he spread. Anywho, the point of all that was because I feel like anyone that’s been in that sort of situation can relate to the movie. I recommend it to anyone that has going through it or is healing from it.

Anywho back to the show. This episode is a slasher story. Valentine (Britt Baron) is a singer/songwriter in LA. The episode starts with her singing in a band and shows how social media slanders her style (think Lady Gaga with long, baby blue hair). She’s accused of looking like an exact copycat version of another significantly more famous singer, Trezzure (Anna Lore)…or so we think. While performing a show, a group boos her on stage but she ignores them and does her thing despite the hate. Eventually we learn that there’s a lot more to the story. Her ex, Royal (Benedict Samuel) walks into the bar and things get wild after he pays the bartender to kick out all of the patrons from the venue.

I really liked the surreal vibe that they used throughout the episode. I felt like it implied the fake, fantasy dreamland you’d feel when you’re in love. The cross cut scenes between the characters felt a little silly. The extra murder scenes seemed like..overkill. Overall, I’d give this episode a 7/10 monster rating. It’s not perfect, but all these episodes are still fun to watch. The episode highlights the danger of codepency and learning to love and be yourself. Britt Baron was great at portraying a strong, yet broken character. Anna Lore as Trezzure was so good at portraying the cringy, puppy dog that did anything her boyfriend told her to, I just wanted to slap her the whole time.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on the episode. If you’ve seen Into the Dark, which episode was your favorite? Also, I’ll have a little somethin’ somethin’ on here for Valentine’s Day for you guys 😁 I hope you all have fun with the ones you love on Friday 🖤