Horror-thriller fans are getting a new release this weekend as “Hell Fest” hits theaters across the country. The film is set to release on September 28th, and to celebrate, the studio released a “Throwback Trailer” to get fans excited for the big debut. The throwback trailer is actually fitting for the current horror-thriller market, as franchises like “Predator,” “Halloween,” and “Child’s Play” are all being resurrected by the major studios. “Hell Fest” is a new film, not a reboot or retooling, but it wanted in on all the retro-fun.
The film itself was directed by Gregory Plotkin and stars Amy Forsyth (Rise, Beautiful Boy), Reign Edwards (The Bold and The Beautiful, Snowfall), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Voltron, The Killing), Christian James (Nashville, Exposed), Roby Attal (The Long Road Home, Red Eleven), Matt Mercurio (Black Lightning, The Resident) and Tony Todd (Candyman, The Man From Earth). The screenplay was written by Seth M. Sherwood, Blair Butler and Akela Cooper, and produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator) and Tucker Tooley. The film was also scored by composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Happy Death Day).
In the story, 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 the group and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.