'Fantasy Island' gets a horror reboot, but it's not a trip worth taking

A frantic lady races throughout the jungle because the film starts, serving realize that this is not grandma’s “Delusion Island,” the escapist TV display that premiered in 1978.

That tease is adopted through extra acquainted photographs, as a handful of contest winners land on an idyllic island (performed through Fiji, by the way), earlier than being ushered in to fulfill their host, the mysterious Mr. Roarke (Michael Pena), who walks them throughout the laws.

Their myth, he explains, will probably be “as actual as you’re making it,” in a locale the place “the rest and the whole thing is conceivable.” However they should see every revel in thru to its conclusion, environment them on disparate adventures, which — barring the abnormal second of creepiness — get started promisingly sufficient, earlier than turning into increasingly more incredible and in the end, fatal.

The film shows promise to start with too, if handiest as a result of it is exhausting to watch for the place all that is going, in a “The Twilight Zone” roughly means. The lesson seems to contain being cautious what you would like for — a tried-and-true wrinkle of such fare.

Gwen (Maggie Q), for instance, has the danger to undo a call that took her lifestyles in a fully other path, whilst Melanie (Lucy Hale) plots candy revenge in opposition to a lady (“Mr. Robotic’s” Portia Doubleday) who tormented her in class.

Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell and Michael Peña in 'Fantasy Island.'Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell and Michael Peña in 'Fantasy Island.'

Progressively, regardless that, the scenarios conjured courtesy of director/co-writer Jeff Wadlow (Blumhouse’s “Reality or Dare”) transform increasingly outlandish, and make much less and no more sense. By the point an inkling of what is going on comes into center of attention, any cheap individual would have lengthy since requested the place and when they may be able to declare their baggage and disembark.

It is a disgrace, because the normal concept of taking inventive liberties with this type of name — one with which the objective target audience almost definitely identifies through title handiest — sounds fertile. Whilst there are a laugh if slightly obtrusive callbacks to the unique (sure, any individual yells “The airplane!”), the idea is obviously that the demo possibly to peer the film could not select Ricardo Montalban out of a lineup.

Blumhouse — whose hits come with “Get Out” and “Glad Demise Day” — has been extremely shrewd about mining and stretching the parameters of horror, in addition to leveraging acquainted ideas in several techniques. (The studio will put its stamp on any other well-worn premise subsequent month, with a brand new model of “The Invisible Guy.”)

For the squeamish, it is slightly reassuring to notice that “Delusion Island” delivers PG-13-level scares, so the motion is not specifically grisly, simply awfully foolish.

Granted, one individual’s myth can simply be any other’s nightmare, however on this case, the most likely impact on a fair rather discriminating viewer will simply be a nagging headache. The hot button is that visiting “Delusion Island” — even on any individual else’s dime — is not a commute price taking.

“Delusion Island” premieres Feb. 14 in the USA. It is rated PG-13.

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