“Fantasy Island” & “Countdown” started largely under the radar in cinemas in 2020. On Netflix, the shockers are still developing into hits. In the case of one of the two, it is better to switch to another sighting option.
Of course, you already knew it. But the streaming success of “Fantasy Island” and “Countdown” once again underlines that the demands of the audience on the cinema and on Netflix are simply different. While one would like to see something special or at least particularly spectacular on the big screen, At Netflix, a harmless off-the-shelf fantasy horror is enough to conquer number 1 in the in-house streaming charts…
When “Fantasy Island” opened in German cinemas in 2020, it was only enough for just 120,000 viewers – on Netflix, however, the cinema adaptation of a cult TV series in Germany immediately made it to the top of the Netflix Top 10 (and that’s ahead of the all-new, star-studded Netflix original The Bubble). The cell phone app shocker “Countdown” (at least 260,000 cinemagoers, but then quickly forgotten) is only three places behind it between “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and the Netflix original “The Adam Project” with Ryan Reynolds.
An app predicts your death: “Countdown”
That’s what it’s about: Who would be stupid enough to want to know the exact time of their death and then dwell on it for the rest of their lives? For example, the dedicated nurse Quinn (Elizabeth Lail), downloads a (fun) app without first reading the lengthy terms and conditions. A potentially deadly mistake, because the app always seems right with its predictions accurate to the second…
Is it worth it? A stolen story, various stupid and uninteresting characters, a few meager jump scares, and a series of uninspired kills, with which the US youth release is obviously always squinted – these ingredients make “Countdown” a generic teen horror that, despite the premise that seems original at first glance, unfortunately, has absolutely nothing original to offer.
An unusual series adaptation: “Fantasy Island”
That’s what it’s about: “Fantasy Island” is probably one of the most unusual series adaptations of all time! After all, it is a remake of the cult series of the same name from the 1970s, in which Ricardo Montalban as the mysterious millionaire Mr. Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as his diminutive assistant Tattoo welcomed guests to their Pacific island over seven seasons and 152 episodes to give them their lifelong dreams to fulfill. The multi-millionaire Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) also welcomes his guests in the cinema film – only here it is not their dreams but their darkest nightmares that become reality…
Is it worth it? “Fantasy Island” may be one of the most unusual series adaptations of all time – but at the same time, the wannabe shocker is also one of the most generic horror films ever! Only well-known mystery elements are used to fool the audience at least for a while. The biggest problem with this: Unfortunately, none of this is exciting or scary!
By the way: Only the PG-13 theatrical version, which was trimmed for a US youth release, runs on Netflix. who is the longer (and harder) Director’s Cut of “Fantasy Island”?.