WILLY'S WONDERLAND was described by one reviewer as what if Rob Zombie directed Attack of the Killer Muppets. That is just
about right in some ways. Nicolas Cage plays an unnamed drifter who has to have his car fixed in remote Hayesville, Nevada
after all his tires go flat. He is conned into cleaning up a closed family entertainment center called Willy's Wonderland
for one night in exchange for his car being repaired. He soon has to fight the animatronic mascots who come to life and try
to kill him. Meanwhile, a teenager who survived a massacre at Willy's Wonderland years ago will make another attempt to destroy
the place with her group of friends, but the problem is the drifter doesn't want to leave.
WILLY'S WONDERLAND is basic B movie fun where Nicolas Cage turns in a different performance from his usual mannerisms
and his character is very restrained (and doesn't even utter a word during the entire film). This horror movie is something
that wouldn't have felt out of place at the video store back in 1980s or 1990s. It would be the fun movie to discover and
enjoy for a nightly rental. WILLY'S WONDERLAND probably would have rented a lot if it came out back then when video stores
were king before streaming and digital took over. It is a movie that is a quick eighty plus minutes to watch, but the sad
thing about the DVD and blu-ray are no extras and the lack of English subtitles for those who want to turn them on (which
is a budget move by Screen Media in addition to not having a slip cover).
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