Nicolas Cage is not any stranger to unhealthy films. He’s been in loads of good ones, too however seems to thrive amidst the chaos of low-budget, action-packed films that permit him go wild. Willy’s Wonderland is one such movie. Launched in 2021, it sees Cage play the hero in opposition to a bunch of possessed, murderous animatronics.
That plot might sound acquainted, and that’s as a result of it's. 5 Nights at Freddy’s and its wacky animatronics first got here to fruition as a online game in 2014, and have been subjected to dozens of spin-offs, unending lore evaluation, and not too long ago, a film. Merely put, a safety guard is tasked with keeping track of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza after they discover the animatronics getting somewhat freaky at evening; quickly sufficient, issues flip violent.
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Willy’s Wonderland may be very a lot the identical narrative, besides our protagonist – a anonymous janitor with Nic Cage’s face – has wound up cleansing an leisure advanced in alternate for getting his automotive mounted. What he doesn’t realise (or does, you possibly can’t fairly inform), is that he’s truly supposed to be the leisure advanced's subsequent sufferer, with the townsfolk having gotten into the behavior of sending unsuspecting people to it as sacrifices to the brutal animatronics that can't be quelled.
This isn’t any trouble for our janitor, although, who doesn’t converse a single phrase throughout the film's one hour and 28 minute runtime. He’s received a job to do if he desires his prized possession again in working order, and cleansing up clearly contains placing an finish to the animatronics on his tail. As quickly as he's set to work, we see him cleansing and taking common breaks lording it up within the arcade with power drinks. Quickly sufficient, his cleansing job takes a flip when these terrible, Furby-looking creatures attempt to homicide him by any means attainable. The janitor, nonetheless, is totally unphased and completely brutal as he tears these animatronics to shreds. It helps that they respect his breaktime within the arcade, too. Enjoyable and video games for everybody!
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Because the janitor mops up the messes these creatures create with out breaking a sweat, a bunch of youngsters who’ve got down to destroy the advanced wind up inside, making an attempt to rescue him from the horrors he’s cleansing up after. This janitor – to place it merely – doesn't give a fuck. He’s right here to get his automotive mounted, and he’s not leaving till he holds up his finish of the cut price; if killing off animatronics and cleansing their corpses is included, then so be it. Nothing, not even some youngsters, are able to coming in between this janitor and his automotive.
5 Nights At Freddy’s positively has extra going for it when it comes to plot growth and lore, whereas Willy’s Wonderland takes the identical murderous animatronics narrative and refuses to take them too significantly. It employs the tropes of dozens of slasher movies earlier than it; we’ve received characters incapable of constructing a very good choice to avoid wasting their lives (actually), characters punished for his or her sexual exercise, and a ultimate lady. Its spotlight, nonetheless, is none aside from the janitor and his escapades. With out uttering a phrase, he takes on these animatronics as if they're online game bosses, with the arcade’s pinball machine being his minigame of alternative.
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Total, Willy’s Wonderland is unbelievable enjoyable. It’s equal elements camp and brutal, typically foolish, and solutions the query of ‘What if somebody truly killed these animatronics?’ whereas executing its premise in fashion through flashy motion scenes and a few surprisingly spectacular cinematography. It’s Nicolas Cage being as weird as he has at all times been, and people motion scenes present him at his finest.
When you’re in want of an amusing, informal watch with buddies after taking within the FNAF film, Willy’s Wonderland must be subsequent in your record. Those that have an affinity for FNAF will little question discover some pleasure in it, and people who are followers of camp, goofy slashers will in all probability deem it higher than FNAF altogether. Sorry, not sorry.