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Parents' Guide to

Blumhouse's Fantasy Island

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Horror reboot of '70s TV series is violent, cheesy fun.

Movie PG-13 2020 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

good for kids who are intrested in thriller

I though it was very creative and although I would usually suggest thriller for at least 17-19+ I think if a teen is interested in the genre it is pretty good! A bit to much violence but more or less fine
age 18+

HORRIBLE.... Full disclosure...I watched about 15 mins and walked. also spoilers

First the good. Had some of the feel of the series. Maggie Q held the same quiet awe that the week to week actors did in the original. Course, I could just watch Maggie Q breathe and it would be enough! you really felt immersed in party, and also the torture scene...that is why I left....HORRIBLE! no need for it! Now reading the spoilers...the twists seem stupid, random and just 'cause they can. Also Michael Peña doesn't have 1/10th the presence of Ricardo Montalbán did. Not the actor's fault...just poorly cast. I would like the money and time that I spent on this rental back.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (22 ):

Making the twisty, turny TV series into a suspenseful horror film is logical fun, and its cornball/eye-roll moments are, as Mr. Roarke would say, a part of the adaptation's natural conclusion. In this take on the concept, the island's guests won their trip in a promotional contest and will get their wish fulfilled during their visit. They arrive with a healthy amount of skepticism: Some want something shallow, others are looking for deep and emotional. The series always left the source of the island's powers -- and the details of Roarke's involvement -- a mystery. In Blumhouse's Fantasy Island, some of those answers are revealed.

At times, characters' choices lack common sense, or something happens that's never really explained. You're probably meant to brush those moments off as "well, you know, the island," but once your brain has acknowledged that the story has gone off the rails, it's too late. Some modern-day horror elements pop up, more to make your stomach knot up than because they have a place in the plot. Really, the whole scenario is nightmare fulfillment (rather than wish fulfillment), but while younger viewers might carry some of the film's scarier images away with them, because the story is clearly in the land of pretend, lingering impact seems unlikely. What might stick better is an awareness of consequences. Bottom line? This is an enjoyable, fresh angle on horror, but it's not terribly memorable. Roarke himself tells the visitors that their experience on the island will be like a dream: They won't remember what happened as much as they recall the feeling it gave them. That could just as easily define this film.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 14, 2020
  • On DVD or streaming: April 14, 2020
  • Cast: Maggie Q , Lucy Hale , Michael Pena
  • Director: Jeff Wadlow
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Asian actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, terror, drug content, suggestive material and brief strong language
  • Last updated: October 5, 2023

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