Summer is finally beginning to loosen its grip on all of us, and that means Halloween season is approaching fast. It's almost time for pumpkins, candy, pleasantly spooky decorations, and horror movies. If you're a really dedicated Halloween fan, though, it also means it's almost time for haunted houses, horror nights, and other major productions centered around the spookiest holiday of them all. This year, thanks to Hell Fest, you might think twice about going to those.
Directed by Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension's Gregory Plotkin and produced by the great Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator), Hell Fest imagines what happens when one of those supposedly fun horror nights turns into a real nightmare, as a masked killer stalks the crowd and begins perpetrating real murders that just look like they're a well-produced part of the event if you're a guest who's not a victim.
The film follows Natalie (Amy Forsyth), a college student visiting her friend Brooke (Reign Edwards) for the weekend. It's Halloween time, so the pair hooks up with Brooke's roommate Taylor (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and three guys to hit up Hell Fest, a massive traveling Halloween attraction that promises the ultimate experience in horror. If you're a season horror film viewer, you can probably predict the setup here.
Everything goes smoothly on arrival, our friends get set up with drinks, and they even share a laugh or two about the "legend" that someone died in the park last year only to be left alone for days because everything thought their corpse was a prop. Then a masked man, who at first just seems to be one of the park's actors, starts following the group. What begins as the feeling that an employee is taking his scare duties a little too far quickly turns into something much more horrifying, and while the trailer doesn't give away too much in terms of what the film's gore has in store for us, it definitely sets a tone. Check it out above, and remember this is red band, so there will be NSFW language.
Hell Fest, co-starring horror legend Tony Todd, hits theaters September 28.