The first trailer for the slasher film Hell Fest has arrived, showing the potential dangers of haunted house mazes and horror nights. The horror genre has been having a good run since last year, with films like Get Out, IT, and most recently A Quiet Place, so fans of the genre are keeping an eye out for all upcoming horror films to see what they will bring to the mix.
Among this year’s releases is Hell Fest, a slasher film set in a horror theme park during Halloween horror nights, where things will take a gory turn when a masked killer erases the line between park experience and real massacre. The film is set for a September 28 release and the first trailer has now been released.
The trailer (seen above) introduces audiences to Natalie (Amy Forsyth), who is visiting her childhood friend Brooke (Reign Edwards) and her roommate Taylor (Bex Taylor-Klaus). As it’s Halloween night, the three girls and their boyfriends head to Hell Fest, a traveling Halloween horror nights carnival with mazes, rides, and more. Taylor then tells the story of a girl who years back got “totally gutted” at one of those horror nights, and the killer left her body in the park, where attendees believed it was just another prop. Things quickly take a turn and the group find themselves running away from a costumed killer.
Directed by Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, and editor of Get Out), Hell Fest has some horror experts on its team, with Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface) and Stephen Susco (The Grudge) in charge of the story, and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) as producer.
Halloween horror nights and haunted house mazes are nothing new but their popularity has definitely increased in recent years, in big part thanks to events like Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights and films like The Houses October Built. While most mazes are essentially safe and only for entertainment purposes, there are some that push boundaries to extremes and offer full-horror experiences that might not be suitable for everyone.
Judging by this first look, this film should be entertaining, if not full-on scary for some, and will most likely standout for its photography, which features vibrant colours and neon lights (neither of which are that common in horror films). Haunted house mazes and killers that cross the line between fantasy and reality are common elements within the genre, so we'll have to wait and see whether Hell Fest has anything to offer that allows it to stand out from the rest of the crowd, in that sense.
Source: CBS Films