A drifter is tricked into cleaning an abandoned kids' arcade and starts a
one-man war against the possessed animatronics that feed on human flesh.
Willy's Wonderland (2021)
Directed by Kevin Lewis
Written by G.O. Parsons
Starring Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz,
Chris Warner, Kai Kadlec, Caylee Cowan, Jonathan Mercedes, Terayle Hill, Christian Delgrosso, David Sheftell
I knew this was going to be insane the second it was announced. I'd hoped I'd get to see it, but I thought the pandemic was going to nix that. Thankfully, we have Vudu, and I was able to shell out a few bucks to rent this outrageous Nic Cage flick. It's every bit as wild and unintentionally hilarious as you would think. After all, it's Nicolas Cage beating the ever-loving shit out of demonic Chuck E. Cheese-esque animatronic animals. Who wouldn't enjoy that? Willy's Wonderland is the hour and a half break from life you didn't know you needed.
Cage plays a nameless drifter who gets his tires blown out while driving through the town of Hayesville. He makes a deal with the mechanic to get his tires fixed in exchange for spending the night cleaning the abandoned Willy's Wonderland. Cage starts cleaning, and quickly realizes he's been set up to be a human sacrifice to demonic animatronics, led by Willy the Weasel. But these animatronics didn't count on their latest sacrifice being a badass, and he starts taking them apart one by one. When a group of teens find their way in to burn the place down, they must team up with Cage to end this shit once and for all. It's hilarious, it's grisly, and it's entertaining as hell.
Nicolas Cage is a genre all his own by this point in his career. He knows exactly what kind of actor he is, and he is clearly enjoying himself with his off-the-wall script choices. I've always respected the man and loved his work, so I pretty much had my mind made up about Willy's Wonderland from the beginning. Thankfully, I was right.