Trailer: 'Fantasy Island' rebooted as a harrowing survival horror

Ben ArnoldContributor

As some may recall, Fantasy Island used to be a mostly harmless - occasionally spooky - Saturday tea-time fantasy drama, in which tourists would arrive on a tropical island to live out their fantasies.

Island owner Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalbán) and his manservant Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize) would hail the guests’ arrival ('Ze plane! Ze Plane!' Tattoo would shout, the series catchphrase), and off we'd go.

Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize in Fantasy Island (Credit: Sony Pictures Television)
Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize in Fantasy Island (Credit: Sony Pictures Television)
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But now thanks to the likes of Westworld, the notion of people's fantasies can't be anything other than a plunge into the depths of the human soul rather than, say, becoming a famous baseball player or private eye, so now we have a harrowing new take on the concept from Get Out producers Blumhouse.

Director Jeff Wadlow is behind the camera for this reboot, with Michael Peña playing the 'enigmatic' Mr. Roarke.

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Per the synopsis, Roark 'makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives'.

Fantasy Island (Credit: Blumhouse/Sony)
Fantasy Island (Credit: Blumhouse/Sony)

It all starts off in jolly Spring Break party style, before Lucy Hale's Melanie admits she'd quite like revenge on a childhood bully.

But she soon finds that rather than a simulation, it's all quite real and soon things are getting rapidly out of hand.

Also starring Lucy Hale, Divergent series star Maggie Q, Parisa Fitz-Henley (as the Tattoo character), Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel and Michael Rooker, it lands in the UK on Valentine's Day, 2020.

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