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Summary: The owner of a luxurious resort invites a group of people to spend time at the resort and live out their ultimate fantasies with horrific results.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th February 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 2nd July 2020

Australian VOD Release Date: 3rd June 2020

Country: USA

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow, Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach

Cast: Jeriya Benn (Lila), Kim Coates (Devil Face), Joshua Diaz (Alejandro), Portia Doubleday (Sloane Maddison), Evan Evagora (Nick Taylor), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Julia), Lucy Hale (Melanie Cole), Ryan Hansen (J.D. Weaver), Robbie Jones (Allen Chambers), Goran D. Kleut (Valet Milton), Andrew Lees (Will), Edmund Lembke-Hogan (Himoff), Josh McConville (Sarge), Charlotte McKinney (Chastity), Michael Pena (Mr. Roarke), Maggie Q (Gwen Olsen), Josh Randall (Valet Chester), Ian Roberts (Dr. Torture), Michael Rooker (Damon), Nick Slater (Greg), Austin Stowell (Patrick Sullivan), Mike Vogel (Lieutenant Sullivan), Mark Weinhandl (Pig Face), Tane Williams-Accra (Fischer), Jimmy O. Yang (Brax Weaver)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: M (Australia)





Dave Griffiths’ Fantasy Island Review:

It is always a weird feeling when you like a film that other people seem to dislike. You always feel like you want to defend the film to the hilt, but the same time you can’t help but wonder if you are horribly wrong. The best way to look at it is that you like what you like and as long as you like it it doesn’t really matter what others think.

This whole scenario recently happened with me when it came to Blumhouse Productions re-working of Fantasy Island. Now I am not going to sit here and say that it is film of the year or one of the best horror films ever made, but if you’re looking for a horror film that will entertain you for a couple of hours then this is a film that will not disappoint.

For anyone who watched the original Fantasy Island television series the concept here may be a little strange. Fantasy Island never traditionally had a horror feel to it, but here director Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare) and his team give the story a warm welcome into the Blumhouse horror universe.

The film centres around the mystical island run by Mr Roarke (Michael Pena – Ant-Man). It is an island where people go to live out their fantasies and the latest group to have arrived includes jaded youngster Melanie Cole (Lucy Hale – Pretty Little Liars) who dreams about getting revenge on those who bullied her at school and two brothers Patrick Sullivan (Austin Stowell – Whiplash) and Brax Weaver (Jimmy O. Yang – Crazy Rich Asians) who dream of living the life of the rich and famous.

It is here where the film first runs into its major hurdle. See that list of characters above could have almost filled this page. Aside from the ones I have already mentioned there is Maggie Q (Divergent), a wannabe solider who wants to learn about his father and a crazy man who seems to appear out of nowhere but wants to warn everybody about the dangers of the island… and even then that isn’t everyone. Yes the problem here is that there are just way too many characters in this film, at times it even becomes difficult to try and keep track of who is where.

What is a shame is that when the film keeps to its horror roots it is ten time the film it is when it tries to do things a little bit differently. There are scenes that depict Melanie getting revenge on a High School bully that is reminiscent of a Saw movie and it times like that when the film works its best. When Fantasy Island sticks to the basics and remains a simple film about an island where people’s fantasies quickly become nightmares it is a film that captivates its audience and draws it in. However, when the film tries to get too smart and interweave stories while bringing in a convoluted supernatural plotline that I still can’t get my head around it trips itself up and becomes a film that is simply trying too hard.

If the film had kept to the storylines involving Melanie, Patrick and Brax it would have been an absolutely brilliant horror film. Those are the storylines that you end up being drawn to the most and seeing those fantasies become nightmares for those involved is more than enough to have the audience wondering whether Mr. Roarke has a hidden sinister, psychopathic side or if something supernatural is at work. The rest of the story threads that the writers have tried to infuse into the film are just unnecessary overkill.

Also enhancing the film are some of the acting performances at hand. Michael Pena is perfectly cast as Mr. Roarke and for all those naysayers out there who were taking swipes at the film before it was even released no he is not playing a character that is meant to represent Tattoo, the role made famous by Herve Villechaize in the original television series.

Also shining in their roles are Austin Stowell and Jimmy O. Yang who bring their A-Games to a film that you wouldn’t expect it in. As actors they are put through a true wringer of emotions as at times they become the comedic relief for the film but then at other times they are called to do some action sequences and moments of horror as well. It is a well-rounded acting performance that you certainly don’t expect in a film like this.

Last but not least there is the amazing performance of Lucy Hale. Grouped together with her performance in Truth Or Dare Hale is now rightfully considered one of the best up-and-coming actresses in Hollywood. Like some of her co-stars here she is put through a range of emotions of this film and clearly shows why she is only a few steps away from becoming an A-Lister.

Fantasy Island does have some major weaknesses but there are times throughout the film where it is a genuine popcorn horror that has the ability to entertain its audience. While one of the weaker Blumhouse films from recent years it is still certainly a film that is worth a look.






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Fantasy Island (2020) on IMDb


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You can read our Fantasy Island review which appeared in The Phuket News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/fantasy-island-delivering-dreams-and-nightmares-76594.php



Fear The Walking Dead

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  2. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
  3. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  4. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  5. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
  6. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  7. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  8. Sinister 2 (2015) – James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  11. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  12. No Escape (2015) – Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Thanawut Kasro
  13. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  14. American Ultra (2015) – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo
  15. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  16. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, , Forest Whitaker
  17. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr.
  18. We Are Your Friends (2015) – Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston
  19. Suits (2011) – Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty
  20. Youth (2015) – Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano
  21. Lucifer (2015) – Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley Ann Brandt, Kevin Alejandro
  22. Public Morals (2015) – Edward Burns, Michael Rapaport, Elizabeth Masucci, Austin Stowell
  23. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  24. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  25. Oragne Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles


Summary: Andrew (Miles Teller – Rabbit Hole, The Spectacular Now), a promising 19-year-old drummer at an elite Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by the failed writing career of his father (Paul Reiser) and plagued with the fear that mediocrity is genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join a jazz group led by the infamous Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons giving an Oscar-worthy performance), a music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost – even his humanity.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Damien Chazelle

Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Melissa Benoist (Nicole), Jayson Blair (Travis), Sam Campisi (Andrew (8 Years Old)), April Grace (Rachel Bornholdt), Damon Gupton (Mr. Kramer), Charlie Ian (Dustin), Nate Lang (Carl), Chris Mulkey (Uncle Frank), Kavita Patil (Sophie), Paul Reiser (Jim), Henry G. Sanders (Red Henderson), J.K. Simmons (Fletcher), Kofi Siriboe (Nassau), Suanne Spoke (Aunt Emma), Austin Stowell (Ryan), Miles Teller (Andrew), C.J. Vana (Metz)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification: MA15+




Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Whiplash review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #102 .



Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Whiplash review on www.filmreviews.net.au



Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Whiplash review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #102 .



David Griffiths:

It’s a very special moment when you realise that you are watching a GREAT film. It’s like the whole world suddenly stops and you find yourself so engrossed in the film that you will be talking about it for the next twelve months. Whiplash is one such film, sure one quick read of the synopsis may leave you expecting to watch something akin to an episode of Glee, but what you will up seeing is a film that is more like Full Metal Jacket meets Centre Stage. And it also manages to delivers two of the most intense acting performances in cinematic history.

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a talented drummer, the problem is he knows that he is a talented drummer. Not only does he know he is talented but he has a game plan that will see him eventually mentioned in the same breath as some of the greatest jazz drummers of all time.

The problem for Andrew is that game plan means studying at the Schaeffer Academy of Music and to reach the top there he needs to find a way to come up against and inpress the legendary Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a harsh but talented teacher who makes a bully look like your friend and frequently has his students in tears.

Director Damien Chazelle has to be one of the most intriguing filmmakers in Hollywood at the moment. When he’s not penning music based films like Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench and Grand Piano he dabbles with horror like The Last Exorcism Part II, but nothing that he ever worked on before could ready a cinematic audience for just how good Whiplash really is.

With Whiplash Chazelle brings everything together perfectly. His script brings an amazing amount of suspense and drama to the table and there is no way you could ever expect a music based film to ever generate as much suspense as it does. Unlike most films that are made by the Hollywood machine today Whiplash not only has not one single wasted scene, it actually has no wasted lines either… ever single piece of dialogue is a gem and needs to be there. In the wash of this film over the next couple of months this is the film that every screenwriting lecturer is going to be using as an example of how to write the perfect script. Yes this is a screenplay that is going to be read for years to come.

One of the things that hits you the most during Whiplash is the harshness and brutality in the film. Blood, sweat and tears are literally spilt throughout this film and while a lesser filmmaker would have decided to try and incorporate more of Andrew’s problems with his family into the film Chazelle is a smart enough filmmaker to know that it shouldn’t be the centrepiece of this film. No this is more of a film that is really Andrew vs Flectcher, yes Andrew’s family are against him but at the end of the day it really is only Fletcher’s opinion that matters to Andrew and that’s where the film needs to focus. With the harshness of Whiplash it would have been very easy for Chazelle to slip up and deliver a weak ending, but he even manages to deliver a classic finale that is going to be talked about for a long time.

The other strong point to Whiplash is the acting. Like the above mentioned screenwriting students young actors will be hunting down copies of Whiplash and then concentrating on the performance that J.K. Simmons delivers to see the true way an actor should deliver a role with true intensity. Simmons is a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination (if not an Oscar win) for his brutal and engrossing portrayal of possibly one of the most foulest bullies to ever grace the big screen. His scenes with Teller are like two mountain goats butting heads and Simmons class also brings the best out in Teller as well. Miles Teller has been an actor on the rise for a while, actually ever since he was the best thing in the Footloose remake, and finally Teller gets to deliver with an emotionally involving performances that also allows him to showcase his classy drumming ability as well.

Whiplash isn’t just one of the films of the year, it is one of those films that is going to be talked about for years to come and ultimately will be labelled a dramatic classic. From its dramatic and intense screenplay to two of the best acting performances in modern cinema Whiplash is one film that is a definite must see for any serious cinema lover.



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4.5)


IMDB Rating: Whiplash (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Whiplash′: For our full Whiplash review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #102 . You can also check Dave’s Whiplash review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.


Summary: When Dalton Joiner, a young soldier in Vietnam, gets dumped by his hometown girlfriend Jane, he vows to sneak home during the war to win her back. His best buddy, Mickey Wright, never one to miss out on a wild time, decides to go with him. They must get back to America, change her mind and return to the war without getting caught. The two soldiers end up at the University of Michigan, where they find Jane, now Juniper, and her stunning and passionate new friend Candace, right in the heart of the counter culture and the anti-war movement. During one week in July 1969, while the rest of the world focuses on man s first steps on the moon, Wright and Joiner learn the true meaning of love, honor and commitment..

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 5th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Danny Mooney

Screenwriter: Jim Burnstein, Garrett K. Schiff

Cast: Max Adler (Burns), Michael Ellison (Ray), Julian Gant (Franklin), Liam Hemsworth (Mickey Wright), Chris Lowell (Peter), Chase Maser (Sanchez), Gordon Michaels (Captain Sinclair), Chris Newman (Lieutenant Johnson), Teresa Palmer (Candace), Delvon Roe (Isaac), Wyatt Russell (Topher), Lauren Mae Shafer (Meredith), Austin Stowell (Dalton Joiner), Aimee Teegarden (Juniper/Jane), Ricky Wayne (Officer Whiteside)

Runtime: 92 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Love And Honor’ Review:

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Love And Honor’ Review can be found at http://www.helium.com/items/2394733-love-honor-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Love and Honor (2012) on IMDb