During the Halloween season it might be fun to watch flicks that actually take place on Halloween… so here are some horror flicks that actually occur on, or near, our favorite Holiday! 🎃
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HELL FEST (2018)
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Hell Fest is a slasher flick that finds pretty Natalie (Amy Forsyth) reluctantly going to a Halloween Haunt with her friends on All Hallow’s Eve. Hell Fest is almost a Renaissance faire for horror fans with costumed performers and dozens of mazes, fun houses and ghoulish games. What Natalie and company don’t know, is that a real serial killer (not listed in the cast 😱) has entered the park and she and her friends have gotten his attention in the worst way.
Flick is a routine but fun slasher, as directed by Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) from a script and story by six people, no less. It’s not especially scary, though there are a few effective moments, mostly in the last act. The body count is unusually low for a modern day slasher, but there is some good gore and Plotkin at least has a very cool stetting that he can take advantage of…though more could have been done with the concept. All the tropes are followed and handled well enough to entertain, though there is nothing inventive enough to really make an impression and the generic masked boogie man was serviceable at best. The cast of characters are all fairly stereotypical, though the attractive cast does make them likable enough for us not to be completely apathetic with their fates. Lead Amy Forsyth (Torment) is a decent final girl, though she didn’t leave a strong enough impression to make her Natalie overly memorable. If any of the cast members stood out, it was Bex Taylor-Klaus as the cute but obnoxious horror buff Taylor. The rest of the supporting cast make decent killer fodder and there is a brief appearance by genre legend Tony Todd as a Hell Fest carnival performer. The film ends a bit suddenly and the denouement is both interesting and anti-climactic at the same time. Only time and box office numbers will tell if the makers can expand on that ending, if there ever is a Hell Fest 2.
Overall, Hell Fest is an entertaining enough horror flick as long as you are not expecting anything groundbreaking or innovative. Plot-wise it was by-the-numbers slasher hi-jinx and it’s killer was effective just enough, but not so much to make one look forward to an ongoing franchise. There was some nice gore, the Hell Fest setting was fun and the young cast was likable enough, so we weren’t detached from the proceedings. The film is also helped by the fact that it was nice to have a horror movie out this Halloween season that didn’t involve found footage or increasingly ridiculous traps. Routine but fun and you could do a lot worse during the spooky season..
Rated 3 masked killers…generous, but hey…it’s Halloween 🎃
MONSTERZERO NJ’S 12 MOVIES ABOUT HALLOWEEN HAUNTS and FUNHOUSES!
Two young couples unknowingly enter the gates of Hell when they take a ride on Captain Spaulding’s murder ride in House of 1000 Corpses.
With Halloween 🎃 on the horizon, Halloween Haunts and Fun Houses will be soon opening to frighten and delight folks all across the country! So, here is a list of twelve horror flicks about, set in, or involving just such a spooky setting!… (Hell Fest will arrive in theaters on 9/28/18 and Extremity will arrive on VOD on 10/2/18!)
Brandy (Brandy Schaefer) might be regretting going with friends on a road trip to discover the ultimate Halloween Haunt in The Houses October Built.