Now available on streaming services, is the off-beat horror film, Willy’s Wonderland.
Willy’s Wonderland stars Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grand, Ric Reitz and Chris Warner.
Before I do my review, I must say, Nicolas Cage has been in millions of movies (so it would seem). It seems like every time I look at one of the movie channels, there is a Nicolas Cage movie. Some of his moves are wonderful (Family Man, National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), and other movies are just awful. None the less, I do like Nicolas Cage as an actor, so I will watch his movies.
Fun fact… I was at the premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and I came really close to meeting him in person. That would have been awesome.
Anyway… back to the film.
Nicolas Cage stars as an unnamed character in Willy’s Wonderland (I looked it up on IMDB and he’s listed as simply “janitor”).
The “janitor” is a drifter whose car breaks down in a small, middle of nowhere, town. He is given a ride to town with a tow truck driver.
The mechanic tells him that it will be $1,000 cash, upfront, before he’ll fix his car. There is no working ATM in town, and Cage’s character doesn’t have $1,000 in cash. No worries. The mechanic has an idea.
Cage’s character is referred to a local businessman who owns a place called Willy’s Wonderland. The place has been closed down for years, and he wants to fix it up. He tells Cage’s character that he’ll pay to have his car fixed, if he could spend the night at Willy’s Wonderland and clean the place up for him. Cage’s character agrees.
Unbeknown to Cage’s character, Willy’s Wonderland was home to many murders (families including children), as well as several people who worked there, and Willy himself, who committed a satanic-suicide.
The kid’s characters found in Willy’s Wonderland come to life and feed on living people. Cage soon finds himself face-to-face with crazy, robotic creatures hell bent on killing him, as well as local teens who end up stuck inside Willy’s Wonderland with him.
Will anyone survive the night? Who are these creatures, and why do they “feed” on people? To find out, you need to check out Willy’s Wonderland, now streaming.
Remember how I said that Nicolas Cage has been in some great movies, and not-so-great ones. This would be on the not-so-great side of the spectrum. But honestly, I think Cage knew that going into this. Surely he knew this was a film more so for the ridiculousness and humor factor.
I don’t know if this is billed as a horror movie or not. It would appear to be, but trust me, it’s not scary.
The film is shot in some strange way that gives it a retro vibe. The colors seem very muted (if that makes sense). The cinematography of the film, and the way the film is shot (angels, views), also lends to the retro, art house, look and feel to the film.
Nicolas Cage doesn’t utter one word in this film. NOT ONE! I think that is crazy.
The entire film is just plain silly. It starts out promising, but as soon as Cage’s character encounters his first robotic demon critter, you can tell the film was more about the comedy. I have to admit, even I was laughing at some parts. Its just plain silly.
The film doesn’t make much sense. For example, Cage’s character. Why doesn’t he talk? What does he drink ALL THE TIME (soda? energy drink?). And why in the world does he dance around and practically make love to a pinball machine found inside Willy’s Wonderland. Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!
The rest of the acting in the film was also laughable. I’m sorry to say that, but it’s true. I have never seen the other actors in any other film before, so I can’t really comment on their acting abilities.
Actress Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everyone Loves Raymond), tweeted just the other day…
I tweeted back that if she saw the film, I would be curious to know her thoughts. I have yet to read a reply from her.
By the way… I met Patricia in person. She’s a lovely lady. I adore her.
If you are looking for a fun movie to watch, check out Willy’s Wonderland.
This silly movie runs for just shy of an hour and a half. I believe it’s rated “R” for violence and sexual situations.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.