Hell Fest

hellfest

Hell Fest

Directed By: Gregory Plotkin
Starring: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Roby Attal, Christian James, Matt Mercurio, Stephen Conroy, Tony Todd, et. al.
Rated: R
Grade: B+

After returning to her hometown Natalie learns that her best friend, Brooke, has gotten tickets to a traveling horror-themed amusement park for the two of them, as well as Taylor, Brooke’s roommate, Asher and Quinn, Taylor and Brooke’s boyfriends, and Gavin, a boy Natalie has a crush on, to attend on Halloween night. When the group arrives at the park, they enter a haunted house and the girls end up getting separated from the boys. While searching for a way out, another attendee runs across them and claims that a killer is chasing her. When a masked man approaches looking for the girl, they direct him to where the girl is hiding, since they believe it to be part of the entertainment. However, as the night progresses, Natalie starts to notice the same man following her and her friends throughout the park, and becomes concerned when one of their group seems to go missing. Simply believing her to be paranoid, her friends brush her off until they realize that it’s too late and their lives are in real danger.

While I’m not completely jaded to horror movies, this one was interesting to watch in that it had a more original concept. Despite safety regulations, traveling carnivals and theme parks have long had sketchy reputations, and the movie outright plays into the theory that serial killers stalk through these places looking for victims. The acting is well done, and the actors are all have decent chemistry and make believable friends/couples.

The majority of the movie takes place at night, and most of the effects are practical. What few non-practical effects there are were well done, and the background filler isn’t noticed.

Anyone who likes horror movies should enjoy this one. There are some genuine scares and tense moments. One or two of the death scenes were a little much for me, but it was only the manner in which they were killed that bothered me, and not the amount of blood/gore involved.

Hell Fest is currently not available free to stream, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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