A quiet loner (Nic 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 the “The Janitor” is about to discover. He soon finds himself trapped inside Willy’s and locked in an epic battle with the possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight his way through each of them.
Willy’s Wonderland is an instant cult classic in the making that features Nicolas Cage in a role that has no dialogue yet he just commands the screen more than ever. If you’ve ever seen the skit on SNL Cage stuck in a Cage with Nicolas Cage with him and Andy Samberg, you know there’s just a movie star quality about him that elevates anything he’s in. This validated that even more.
The plot is so bonkers only a few actors would have made this work. Mel Gibson and Walton Goggins come to mind as well in the Nicolas Cage part as well, however, Cage just proves his critics wrong over and over again. I would have loved to see him in the silent era, he still probably would’ve been the biggest star of his time.
Let’s talk about the supporting characters, including the terrific character actor Beth Grant(The Office) who is terrific as the sherif and everything she’s ever been in. It’s a thrill to see her and Nicolas Cage in Willy’s Wonderland together and she absolutely steals every scene she’s in.
Now for the 20 somethings in the movie are admirable as well. Most of the time I’ve been told in horror movies like this characters are just supposed to get you to point a to point b. The writers of Willy’s Wonderland did a solid job of adding more juice to supporting characters as well and helps make it that much more fun.
Overall grade: 3/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar