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Video Interview: Kevin Lewis Talks Willy’s Wonderland (Exclusive)


Video Interview: Kevin Lewis Talks Willy’s Wonderland (Exclusive)

Director Kevin Lewis on the set of his action-horror comedy, ‘Willy’s Wonderland,’ which stars Nicolas Cage.

Even the most minimalist plot twists and character developments can become the most frightening elements of genre films. Director Kevin Lewis is proving just that with his new supernatural movie, ‘Willy’s Wonderland.’ The feature utilizes the helmer’s love of ’80s action, horror and comedy tropes as the main character is forced to fight possessed animatronic robots in a small town’s indoor children’s theme park, even though he doesn’t say even one line of dialogue throughout the entire story.

‘Willy’s Wonderland’s basic, but equally dark and wild, story was created by first-time feature film writer, G.O. Parsons. The movie was also brought to life with the aid of veteran genre actor, Nicolas Cage as the unconventional protagonist. The Academy Award-winning performer’s memorable portrayal of the modest but unique main character is being shared with action and horror fans, as the comedy is now playing on digital and VOD, courtesy of Screen Media.

Willy’s Wonderland‘ follows a quiet loner (Cage) as he finds himself stranded in a remote town after his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning the title abandoned family fun center. But this wonderland has a dark secret that The Janitor is about to discover: he soon finds himself trapped inside Willy’s, and is forced to engage in an epic battle with the possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight and defeat each of them.

Lewis generously took the time recently to talk about directing ‘Willy’s Wonderland’ during an exclusive interview over Zoom. Among other things, the filmmaker discussed why he was drawn to helm the movie after he read Parsons’ script, and what his overall directorial style was like during the feature’s production. Lewis also mentioned what the casting process was like for the comedy, and how after Cage was cast, he uniquely brought The Janitor to life, even without having any dialogue. The filmmaker also explained how he worked with Cage and the rest of the cast to create the stunts for the movie, especially for the action sequences that include the fights with the animatorinics.

Watch our exclusive video interview with Lewis above, and the official trailer for ‘Willy’s Wonderland’ below.

ShockYa's Exclusive Kevin Lewis 'Willy's Wonderland' Interview
ShockYa's Exclusive Kevin Lewis 'Willy's Wonderland' Interview

ShockYa's Karen Benardello exclusively interviews director Kevin Lewis about his action-horror comedy, 'Willy's Wonderland.'

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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