Runtime: 1h 28m
Director: Kevin Lewis
Writer: G.O. Parsons
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant
Double Feature Fodder:
Monster Brawl (2011)
Initial: As I explained to my husband, I decided to watch a second “W” film since my choices for “X” looked pretty bad and cheesy. So, I watched Willy’s Wonderland.
Production Notes: Released the same year as Nicolas Cage’s very good Pig (2021).
What Did I Think:
I’m going to be honest here: Willy’s Wonderland is not a good film. It’s predictable with many of the sort of reality problems that plague many films, horror films in particular. Yes, this is a film about possessed restaurant animations, but that doesn’t explain very strong humans and inexplicably large air ducts (as a couple of examples).
On the other hand, Willy’s Wonderland isn’t entirely taking itself seriously. There is something entertaining and amusing about Nicolas Cage kicking animatronic ass between cleaning the restaurant and taking sensible breaks. I’d put this film in the category of “watch in the background during a Halloween party.” The plot doesn’t matter as much as the hi-jinks.