CBS Films and Lionsgate will release the horror flick Hell Fest in theaters on September 28, and the trailer today introduces us to the film’s carnival of Halloween horrors.
Blumhouse regular Gregory Plotkin, who directed Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and edited Get Out, got behind the camera for the horror film in which Amy Forsyth (The Path, Rise), Reign Edwards (MacGyver, Snowfall) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (“Scream”) play three friends trapped in a Halloween nightmare.
The film is set at a horror theme park during Halloween where a night of fun turns deadly as a costumed killer begins slaying unsuspecting patrons who believe that it’s all part of the festivities.
Essentially, Hell Fest imagines what would happen if a real killer hid among the actors in a Halloween Horror Nights type event, which is nothing if not a fun concept. Similar to the recent film The Funhouse Massacre, Plotkin’s Hell Fest looks like a damn good time, particularly for Halloween lovers and amusement park aficionados. I’m both, so sign me up.
Oh and horror icon Tony Todd is in this one too!
“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. Ever 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.”
“The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd is producing via her company Valhalla Motion Pictures. It was previously reported that CBS Films president Terry Press is a longtime fan of the Hell Fest concept, believing it could spark a horror franchise.
The script was written by Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface) and Blair Butler, along with William Penick, Chris Sey, Stephen Susco (Unfriended: Dark Web) and Gary Dauberman (IT).