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Willy’s Wonderland

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Willy's Wonderland

Their idea of fun is killer!

20211 h 28 min
Overview

When his car breaks down, a quiet loner agrees to clean an abandoned family fun center in exchange for repairs. He soon finds himself waging war against possessed animatronic mascots while trapped inside Willy's Wonderland.

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Director Kevin Lewis
Runtime 1 h 28 min
Release Date 12 February 2021
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good

After watching the Banana Splits Movie, I said to myself, “Hm, bet we won’t see another movie with killer animatronics for a long time.” I’m glad I didn’t put money on that. Now, B-movies about killer robots are not exactly unique. Evil Chuck E. Cheese, on the other hand, is a bit more niche. Before Willy’s Wonderland came out, everyone was saying, “So it’s just Five Nights are Freddy’s with Nicolas Cage.” And…yeah that was pretty much it. Can’t say viewers are going to go into this movie not knowing what to expect.

What I did not know, and did surprise me, is that Nic Cage plays a silent protagonist. And it works! And not in a gimmicky way like Jason Voorhees or Mini-Me either. His nameless character (credited as The Janitor) shows a lot of personality and badassery. When the evil animatronics attack, he starts fighting back like a pro with no fear or hesitation. All the other characters realize how messed up this situation is, but Nic Cage is just there with a “But for me, it was Tuesday” attitude. I never really thought about Nic Cage playing a silent protagonist before now but if it works it works.

Everything else in this movie is exactly what you’d exactly. Some horror, some comedy, and some action with all the standard tropes. Monsters in dark rooms, jump scares, teenagers being brutally killed one by one, the works. If you’re expecting anything other than a cliché horror-comedy that may or may not become a cult classic, I’m not sure why you’re even watching Willy’s Wonderland. This movie is made with a specific audience in mind and the trailer alone should let you know whether or not this film is for you.

Anyway, I liked it a lot. It did what it was trying to do with a good mix of CGI and practical effects. And Nic Cage being Nic Cage. I’m not sure they even gave him a script. They might have just explained the premise, shoved him on the set, and said, “Ok, do stuff. Cameras are rolling.” Everything here is basically what you would expect from Nic Cage, whose presence is a major selling point here. That and evil animatronics and the fact this is a horror B-movie. All hail cheesy movies!

February 28, 2021