Nicolas Cage has excelled in the manic assassin role in movies over his 40-year Hollywood career. Now he faces his ultimate challenge in the forthcoming new horror-comedy “Willy’s Wonderland,” and the latest trailer is sure to raise the kick-ass potential of this long-awaited film debut next month.
It might just give theme park fans a few nightmares, too, judging by the wonderfully blood-thirsty plotline which features—wait for it—demonic, murderous animatronic characters a la “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”
Walt Disney probably never imagined the Country Bear Jamboree or Hall of Presidents becoming a riot of homicidal maniacs, but movie director Kevin Lewis and writer G.O. Parsons certainly have, because “Willy’s Wonderland” is all about that basic ‘What if?’ premise.
What if the animatronics came to life, seeking a blood sacrifice to appease their evil master? Well, Cage is about to find out in what looks very much like a crossover between “Shaun of the Dead” and “Child’s Play.”
Intrigued? You will be after just the opening seconds of the new trailer, which pits drifter Cage against the mechanical inhabitants of family entertainment center Willy’s Wonderland.
The splatter potential is written all across Cage’s face in dark red as he shrugs off the warnings of imminent doom and embarks on a crusade to fight back against the eight animatronic ‘mascots’ that lurk within the Wonderland’s confines.
“This place has a dark history,” intones one of the well-meaning locals who tries to warn the drifter against staying. “I can’t bear to hear a grown man scream,” adds the owner as he hands over the keys to what he’s sure will be the denizens’ latest victim.
The trailer packs all this—and much more—into its 109-second gore-fest, but rest assured, there will be no sleeping on this night of nights in Willy’s!
If nothing else, the mechanical refrain of “It’s your birthday and we want you to have fun” will be a suitable new punchline for horror movie fans, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if this attracted theme park attention from here in Orlando, too.
If Universal Orlando Resort can make a truly compelling haunted house out of the movie “Killer Klowns From Outer Space,” then “Willy’s Wonderland” is just begging to be added to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in future, too.
Movie distributor Screen Media Films originally scheduled “Willy’s Wonderland” for release last October, only for it to be postponed by the Coronavirus pandemic, which effectively shut down cinemas in 2020.
Now it is slated for a special video-on-demand release, as well as in theaters, on Feb. 12, and the mayhem will, by all portents, be considerable.
You can check out the trailer for yourself below: