Hell Fest (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Gregory Plotkin
Starring: Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films
A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?
Hell Fest is a movie that reminds me of some early 2000’s style slasher stuff and that’s not all a bad thing. Of course, it isn’t always a good thing either. I admit that the movie started off a little on the rough side to me because our characters are some of the most annoying people on planet Earth, but when the stuff hits the fan and we get the slashing going things do manage to improve and become an overall enjoyable affair. I like the set-up of the movie and while the killer doesn’t stand out as much as everyone would probably hope he did, he is at least a little different and the plot here is a little different and that can go along the way when dealing with stuff like this. For better or for worse the movie reminded me a little of the newer Scream TV series and that wasn’t just because they both have Bex Taylor-Klaus. It has a lot of the same vibe as that show had, which is fine with me because I’m one of the few that actually liked that show apparently.
It wouldn’t this type of genre film if we didn’t get upset at people doing dumb things on the screen. So if you can watch people straying off by themselves with a killer on the loose and not have your head explode you’ll be just fine checking out something like Hell Fest. Our leading lady does just fine in keeping her end of a slasher movie up and our killer kills people in some pretty brutal and creative ways more times than not. Is this a movie that is destined to start a whole franchise of Hell Fest films? I’m not sure of that, but if we never get another one I think this one ends up being a fun watch.
– Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest – Featurette
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 95%