‘Hell Fest’ Trailer Brings Theme Park Scares to Life

Jason McDonald

I’m sure I’m not the only person with this little fear, but while I love horror attractions, I’m always slightly weird that an actual psycho has snuck into a park.  Like think about how dark and crazy things are in your theme park Halloween attraction.  It’s hard to keep track of your friends, let alone the random people in the park trying to terrorize you.  It’s easy to imagine that it would be trivial for a masked killer to slip in and cause chaos.  That being said, I can’t think of any actual event where that may have happened… or that we know of. Dun dun dunnnnn.

In the trailer for “Hell Fest”, which you can watch below, we see what it would be like for a group of friends to be terrorized by a masked killer in a Halloween theme park.  I appreciate that the movie is going for a very strong ’90s teen slasher vibe.  It feels like we haven’t had a solid teen slasher in a minute.  I guess you could “Happy Death Day”, but that was a rather non-traditional entry.  My only complaint so far is that I really don’t like the killer’s costume.  It’s pretty generic, which I guess is helpful when you’re trying to slip into a park and kill unnoticed, but it also looks kind of laughable.

“Hell Fest” comes by way of Gregory Plotkin who directed “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” and served as an editor for “Get Out” and . . . “Happy Death Day.”  Surprise, surprise.  In “Hell Fest” . . .

College student NATALIE (Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend BROOKE (Edwards) and her roommate TAYLOR (Taylor-Klaus). If it was any other time of year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or bar, but it is Halloween which means that like everyone else they will be bound for HELL FEST – a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. Every year thousands follow Hell Fest to experience fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares.

But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction – it is a hunting ground. An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, too caught up in the terrifyingly fun atmosphere to recognize the horrific reality playing out before their eyes. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowds continues to rise, he turns his masked face to NATALIE, BROOKE, TAYLOR and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.

“Hell Fest” drops in time for the Halloween season on September 28th.


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