On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest — a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground.
Directed By: Gregory Plotkin
Written By: Seth M. Sherwood, Blair Butler, William Penick, & Christopher Sey, and Akela Cooper
Starring: Cynthea Mercado (Jodi), Stephen Conroy (The Other), Amy Forsyth (Natalie), Reign Edwards (Brooke), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Taylor), Christian James (Quinn), Matt Mercurio (Asher), Roby Attal (Gavin), and more.
Runtime: Approx. 89 Minutes
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, & Spanish
Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest
I give the Hell Fest Blu-ray a B.
Hell Fest follows a group of friends who attend Hell Fest, a Halloween Attraction similar to Universal Studios Horror Nights. They expect a seamlessly smooth and fun night of jump scares when a killer starts to hunt them down one by one.
Hell Fest is your typical slasher film following the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Friday the 13th, and Terror Train. Though it’s not scary, its a fun and entertaining film.
There are a few things I loved about the film and a few things I didn’t. I liked how the film reminded me of the Slasher films from the 80s. Same vibe with a modern look. It was simple and not too complex. Not overly CGI-ed like some movies nowadays (though this film didn’t really have any). I loved the killer. He was able to blend in down to sneaking in a knife (I believe) through security by showing he had steel toe boots on. His mask was creepy. Its blank expression added to the mystery of the man behind the mask. I thought the Halloween Attraction (Hell Fest) was pretty intense. It looked like something I would be right at home with though I wouldn’t want them touching me (they did have an area where they could actually touch you).
The one thing I didn’t like and was kind of disappointed with was Tony Todd’s character. I loved Candyman as well as his character in Final Destination and for the most part, I like Tony Todd’s character because he adds this creepiness to any character because of the sound of his voice. He even voiced Zoom on the CW’s The Flash. He had a small role in this film and the character he played was missing something. It couldn’t compare to his role as Candyman or even voicing Zoom. Maybe I’m looking into it too much and there will be something you’ll love about his character.
Catch Hell Fest out on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital January 8th!