Hell Fest

As I walked into this house of horrors, aka the Cinemark theater in Anaheim, I had low expectations. As you may have noticed, I figure metascores into my movie selection these days more than I used to and this has received a 25/100. BUT horror movies always score low. While not perfect and at times derivative, this film surprised me how good it actually was.

Hell Fest (2018)
R | 1h 29min | Horror | 28 September 2018 (USA)
A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Writers: Seth M. Sherwood (screenplay by), Blair Butler (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
Stars: Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Amy Forsyth

Our director is Gregory Plotkin known for “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” which I have not seen. Maybe I will now even though I paranormally despise the franchise. He has also been on many catsts and sets of films as famous at “Get Out.” The director stands out here in the choices that had to be made to get this film across. I had a few issues with the inside house stuff. The outside all made sense apart from the mock beheading. I will watch for Plotkin in the future and if I see something is playing with his name as director, I’ll see it. This movie is far from perfect or amazing though. Still, I want more so …

One question for when the Scooby Doo-like crew is in the haunted house: “Where are the other people?” They call it VIP but still, wouldn’t the cast inside the house get stored of waiting hours for just this group to come through? That I had a huge issue with. Other than that, it’s your basic slasher that derives heavily from “Friday the Thirteenth” and “Halloween.” If you go in wanting to have basic horror fun with a lot of merciless jump scares, this is the film for you! You will have fun, I did. For not making logical sense in house, it lost points with me but I will still recommend it with a good score, 7/10.

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