“Willy’s Wonderland” appears like a movie conceived throughout a consuming game. Just a few folks had a number of too many after a number of tough days and dared one another to give you probably the most ridiculous idea they may get produced. The winners of this game had been G.O. Parsons and Kevin Lewis, the author and director, respectively, of a movie that looks like it’s too inherently enjoyable to fail. Think about the video game “5 Nights at Freddy’s” had an offended Nicolas Cage in it, inflicting mayhem and destruction. After which we’ll throw in some characters and tonal selections that recall ‘80s classics like “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare on Elm Avenue” (nicely, the sequels greater than the originals). Sounds nice, proper?!?! What might go improper? A lot. A lot might go improper.
One factor that would go improper is in case you select the Cage Rage Bundle that doesn’t include dialogue included. Sure, one of many main twists of “Willy’s Wonderland” that feels essential to impart to potential viewers is that the star of “Mandy” and “Colour Out of Area,” the one recognized for utterly dedicated line readings of even probably the most ridiculous materials, has not a single line of dialogue on this motion/horror flick. Going for a powerful/silent factor just like the Western heroes that folks like Clint Eastwood outlined is unquestionably a alternative, however that’s probably not what Cage is doing right here. Certain, he’s received the snarl and the stare down, however he’s nearer to half-asleep than scary-cool. Cage has been accused of sleepwalking by way of a few of his latest selections, letting the kitschy goodwill of his viral clips from different movies do half of his appearing for him. That’s by no means been more true than right here.
Cage performs a drifter who will get trapped by a gaggle of locals in a small city, together with a sheriff performed by Beth Grant. When the drifter is informed his automotive restore will price money that the drifter doesn’t have, a deal is struck. If he can spend the night time cleansing up the rundown household leisure complicated referred to as Willy’s Wonderland than the automotive restore is on the home. In fact, viewers are clued in early on that the plan is for our hero by no means to make it out of Wonderland. You see, the animatronic puppets there come to life once in a while, they usually want a sacrifice. In the meantime, a woman with a connection to the playland named Liv (Emily Tosta) convinces her buddies to go together with her to burn down the Wonderland as soon as and for all, however first they’ve to save lots of the brand new janitor. He doesn’t want saving.
After an interminable set-up, “Willy’s Wonderland” does get to the great things for about 40 minutes or so. That consists of Liv’s buddies getting sliced up by animatronic creatures that appear to be they had been designed in 1978 after which getting torn aside themselves by Cage’s brutal drifter. Sadly, the horror parts are flat, and the motion is poorly choreographed that it is arduous to even inform what’s occurring half the time. There’s additionally completely zero pressure or hazard. As many points as I’ve with a few of Rob Zombie’s work, I used to be reminded how he can imbue movies with out-there ideas like this (assume “Home of 1,000 Corpses” or “31”) with a few of his character. They anticipated Cage to deliver all the character right here. He didn’t.
Neither did the remainder of his ensemble (though Tosta might work in higher materials), nevertheless it’s extra a writing factor than their fault. Principally, the forged of individuals dumb sufficient to have intercourse in a cursed Chuck E. Cheese remembers comparable idiots who ignored characters like Jason or Freddy in unhealthy films within the ‘80s—the origin story of the Wonderland remembers “Elm Avenue” a bit too—nevertheless it’s legitimately arduous to inform if that is intentional or simply the form of unhealthy horror writing/appearing that we don’t see as typically as we did within the days of “Jason Takes Manhattan.”
Belief me, after an extended week, I needed a dumb-but-fun movie with a significant motion star going mano a mano with killer animatronic puppets. It seems like a straightforward system for an excellent time. Concerning the time that Cage was attacking an enormous gorilla with a plunger after which kicking in his mind in opposition to a urinal, I noticed that none of this was enjoyable. Think about a party for the classmate you appreciated the least in elementary college. It’s a celebration. How unhealthy it might it’s? Actually unhealthy. It might be actually unhealthy.