The trailer for the new horror flick Fantasy Island should come with a spoiler alert: it’s full of spoilers!
Fantasy Island is about, according to the official synopsis, “the enigmatic Mr Roarke [who] 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.”
Mr Roarke, aka “the ambassador of your deepest fantasies”, is played by Michael Pena, and the guests are portrayed by Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stonewell, and Silicon Valley’s Jimmy O Yang. The movie is produced by Jason Blum and directed by Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare).
The movie is based on a beloved TV series, which ran from 1977 to 1984, starring Richardo Montalban as Mr Roarke. That version is wholesome and family friendly; this new one isn’t. What do you expect from the producer of Get Out and Halloween? So in two minutes, the trailer tries to pack in as much sinister stuff as it can, including a couple of plot disclosures.
I get it that the producers want to tease the audience with the guests’ fantasies, but to reveal the fantasies of three characters (Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, and Austin Stonewell) replete with the boo moments? It's a bit too much. Jimmy O doesn’t get to share his fantasy. So it’s a dead giveaway that he’s a goner, right?
If I were to cut the trailer, I would’ve ended it with Michael Rooker (do we even need him in the trailer in the first place?) saying, “The island isn’t what you think it is.” Boom! The. End. But no, they must have Maggie Q say, “I think this is someone else’s fantasy… we were brought here to be something else.” Can’t you let the viewer discover that themselves?
Let’s hope this is the only trailer that’s being put out. Then again, if they’re releasing another trailer with more spoilerific footage, so be it. It’ll save everyone a trip to the cinema.
Fantasy Island opens in cinemas Feb 13, 2020.
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