Hell Fest (2018)

This modern slasher is like a combination of Tobe Hooper’s “The Funhouse” and the type of Halloween Haunts that are often held at amusement parks during the Halloween season. It’s not particularly involving or inventive, but it’s a fairly solid and effective way to spend 90 minutes for horror fans. It’s a shame that director Gregory Plotkin seems entirely disinterested in developing his characters because that’s what holds the movie back from being a distinctive genre entry: We don’t care about any of these characters (in particular Bex Taylor-Klaus, whose Taylor is an insufferable addition every step of the way), which nullifies any potential suspense and negates emotional responses from the audience. Ultimately, despite its unique and effective setting, it’s a bit on the bland side thanks to the aforementioned issues, but it’s inoffensive, has some effective atmosphere, and has a neat twist at the end that re-contextualizes the movie. You could do better, but you could do a lot worse too.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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