It’s your birthday! And we want you to have fun!
It has been discussed for quite some time now that a Five Nights At Freddy’s movie would come out sooner or later. Well apparently there has been enough talk and no action. Enter Nicholas Cage and and Screen Media Films, and they have waited long enough. And they’ve decided that “Fine…we’ll do it ourselves!” Enter Willy’s Wonderland.
Willy’s Wonderland stars Nicholas Cage as The Janitor. A man of no words and an addiction to caffeine. He finds himself broken down in a small rural town with not enough money to fix his car. He is offered a job to earn enough money to fix his car. Work one night at Willy’s Wonderland cleaning up the place. And the owner, Tex, will pay to have his car repaired. Without any negotiation. The Janitor accepts the job and is now the newest employee of Willy’s Wonderland.
Willy’s Wonderland is an abandon family fun pizzeria that has been long in disrepair. Rust, dust, and questionable stains cake the walls, floors, and attractions. And on the main stage lies the filthy animatronics of Willy and Friends. It doesn’t take long for things to take a turn for the sinister. As The Janitor begins the daunting task ahead of him. The animatronics come to life and begin to attacking him one by one. It’s too bad for Willy and Friends that The Janitor isn’t one to back down and does what everyone playing Five Night At Freddy’s has thought of. Why doesn’t the main character start throwing hands with the evil attractions?
While The Janitor is beating robot ass and taking breaks for soda and pinball. Local kids from the town come to not only save him, but try to burn down Willy’s Wonderland. It’s too bad for them that they all have the survival instincts of your typical cast of campers at Camp Crystal Lake. While The Janitor is a subversion to the typical horror protagonist. These teens almost instantly begin ticking off all the tropes like they are trying to speed run a scary movie. They add a fun contrast to Nicholas Cage’s character. They are trying to convience him of the danger he is in and that they all need to get out of the restaurant. He just remains silent and continues cleaning Willy’s.
As the film approaches the climax things escalate in the most fun ways. Animatronics and teens begin dying in violent and bloody ways. Probably to the annoyance of The Janitor who probably looks at the aftermath like “Great…now I got to clean this.” The mystery of Willy’s Wonderland and its history comes to light and things rapidly approach the climatic showdown of The Janitor vs Willy.
This film is just a wonderful campy take on the Five Nights at Freddy’s formula. A lone worker, who is not getting paid enough to put up with this, is put against horrific animatronics that want to you to know “It’s your birthday! And we want you to have fun” as they stalk, hunt, and maim anything in their sight. If you are looking for a blood soaked and crazy good time. Willy’s Wonderland delivers that in spades. You get crazy Nicholas Cage despite the fact he never says a word the entire movie. You got wonderful puppet and gore special effects that make everything feel a bit more real in comparison if Willy and Friends were done by CGI. This film is a strong recommend if you want to rent the VOD or wait for the Blu-Ray / Digital Release. Either way…Its your birthday. And watching this film, is a great way to have fun.
8.5 / 10