FIRST LOOK: ‘Hell Fest’ Promises a Horrific Ride

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)

Amy Forsyth in HELL FEST (CBS Films and Lionsgate)

A slasher film about someone stalking teens at a horror-themed amusement park? Book us a ticket!

Director Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) have teamed up to bring us some fresh frights this September with Hell Fest, a thriller about a masked serial killer turning a theme park into “his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it’s all part of the show.”

And we’ve got your first-look pics here (just in time to celebrate Friday the 13th):

The synopsis: College student Natalie (Amy Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend Brooke (Reign Edwards) and her roommate Taylor (Bex 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 the girls and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.

And check out the creepy poster:

About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early 00s. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko can currently be seen in the roles of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2017), film critic for ScreenPicks.com, and contributor for The Huffington Post. He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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