Film Review: Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

Release Date: February 12th, 2021
Directed by: Kevin Lewis
Written by: G. O. Parsons
Music by: Émoi
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Ric Reitz, Chris Warner, Kai Kadlec, Christian Del Grosso, Caylee Cowan, Terayle Hill, Jonathan Mercedes, David Sheftell, Beth Grant

JD Entertainment, Landafar Entertainment, Landmark Studio Group, Baffin Media LTD, Saturn Films, Screen Media Films, 88 Minutes

Review:

“He’s not trapped in there with them. They’re trapped in here with him.” – Liv

Nic Cage has been doing some pretty cool things over the last few years. Just in the realm of horror, he starred in Mandy and Color Out of Space. Now, he’s also starred in Willy’s Wonderland, a balls out, hunt the monsters, action/horror flick that is most definitely inspired by the video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s.

The story sees Nic Cage hit tire spikes in his badass muscle car. To get it fixed, he has to volunteer to clean up an old family restaurant and entertainment center that is populated by large animatronic characters. Once inside, the animatronic characters come to life and have to kill.

All the while, a teen girl and her friends are driven to burn the place down, as many people have died inside and the whole place exists due to an evil small town secret. Her adopted mother is actually the town sheriff and is in league with the killer creatures, alongside the establishment’s owner and the guy that runs the local car repair shop.

Nic Cage isn’t going to go down lightly, however, as he immediately gets to work on not only cleaning up the property but also cleaning up the monsters. This is a “no fucks given” Nic Cage of the highest caliber. While he actually doesn’t speak throughout the film and has odd OCD ticks, he shows no fear and brings hell to these monsters, who are caught off guard by this guy who won’t run away from them but will instead run at them.

This movie just gets right to its point rather quickly and that point is to just be a hard hitting, unrelenting, badass horror movie where the audience can just lose themselves in the film and escape the real world for nearly 90 minutes.

This is also over the top and unapologetic about what it is, which is damn refreshing in the modern era.

At the end of the day, Willy’s Wonderland isn’t a great movie by any stretch but it is still a fun and entertaining one that should make both horror and action fans pretty happy.

Rating: 6.75/10