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Willy's Wonderland isn't quite as much fun as its premise would suggest -- but it's still got Nicolas Cage beating the hell out of bloodthirsty animatronics, which is nice. Read critic reviews

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The story isn't great, but it's got a fun '80s slasher movie feel and Nicolas Cage using random objects to destroy homicidal kiddie characters. What else do you need? Read audience reviews

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A quiet loner (Nicolas Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy's Wonderland, an abandoned family fun center. But this wonderland has a dark secret that this "Janitor" is about to discover. He soon finds himself locked in an epic battle with possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight his way through each of them.

Cast & Crew

Nicolas Cage
The Janitor
Emily Tosta
Liv Hawthorne
Beth Grant
Sheriff Lund
Ric Reitz
Tex Macadoo
Chris Warner
Jed Love
Kai Kadlec
Chris Muley
Terayle Hill
Bob McDaniel
G.O. Parsons
Screenwriter
Jeremy Davis
Producer
Tamara Birkemoe
Executive Producer
Mark Damon
Executive Producer
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  • Feb 17, 2021
    I wanted to love Willy's Wonderland. It's easy to see the pitch: Nicolas Cage in Five Nights at Freddy's. That sounds like everything you would need for a gonzo movie experience with, hopefully, an unrestrained Cage. The problem with Willy's Wonderland is that it seems to have peaked at its inception. I'll credit the creature designs of the many killer animatronic animals inhabited by the spirits of a dead Satanic cult demanding sacrifice. They're chintzy and creepy and effective in their Chuck E. Cheese/Freddy's reference points. However, the movie clearly appears to be out of ideas pretty early. Cage plays a janitor hoodwinked into working overnight at the abandoned pizza parlor and he doesn't say a word for the entire movie. For those looking for the splendidly crazy moments that can define Nicolas Cage performances, I think you'll be slightly disappointed. The character has a few quirks, like his surprisingly ironclad work ethic, but the character is just as underwritten, absent personality, and replaceable as any of the killer robots. For a movie where Cage fights a bunch of blood-thirsty robots, it starts to get a little boring because of the narrative redundancy. Toppling one robot after another feels too easy and the specific set pieces are unmemorable. There are a sew of highly annoying teenagers that stumble in so there are more victims to be terrorized. In one moment, these teens will denounce doing stupid acts and the unreasonable risk, and then the next minute they're splitting up to go have sex in the scary birthday room or murder. If the movie was more satirical, I might even give the filmmakers credit for the dumb teenagers reverting to form regardless of circumstances. My disappointment is that what you get with any ten-minute segment of the movie is generally the same thing you'll get with any other portion. Is that consistency or a lack of development and imagination? The movie still presents some degree of fun because that premise is enough to at least hold your attention if you're a fan of horror, Cageisms, or movie kitsch. However, Willy's Wonderland could have used more drafts and variety to really tap into the sheer gonzo potential of its ridiculous pitch. Nate's Grade: C+
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