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Hell Fest

also known as “Horror Park,” “Hell Fest. Parcul groazei,” See more »
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for horror violence, and language including some sexual references.
Not Recommended
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Crime Horror
2 hr.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 28, 2018 (wide—2,200+ theaters)
DVD: January 8, 2019
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Relevant Issues

Murder in the Bible


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FILM VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer

Why do some people actually enjoy watching people being murdered in terrible ways?

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FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

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Featuring Bex Taylor-Klaus … Taylor
Reign Edwards … Brooke
Amy Forsyth … Natalie
Tony Todd …
Michael Tourek … Security Guard
Courtney Dietz … Britney
Matt Mercurio … Asher
Elle Graham … Little Girl
Alicia Rosato … Britney’s Friend
Roby Attal … Gavin
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Director Gregory Plotkin—“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” (2015)
Producer Tucker Tooley Entertainment
Valhalla Motion Pictures
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Distributor Distributor: CBS Films. Trademark logo.Distributor: Lionsgate Films. Trademark logo.
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. 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 NATALIE, BROOKE, TAYLOR and their boyfriends who will fight to survive the night.”

  • Violence: Extreme
  • Profane language: Very Heavy— • “J*sus Chr*st” (4), “J*sus” (3), “G*d” (13), “Good Lord,” “d*mn” (6), “H*ll” (4)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Very Heavy • f-words (25+), s-words (25+), “a**hole” (6), “a**” (2), “get laid”
  • Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Secular Movie Critics
…has exactly one genuinely nail-biting scene… Otherwise, the movie does little to update, subvert, or comment on the trappings of classic thrillers like “The Funhouse” and “Halloween.” …
Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
…a competently crafted slasher film rendered instantly forgettable by its disinterest in character, plot, and motivation, let alone original ideas. …
Dennis Harvey, Variety
…a dull slasher flick… It’s in love with its location and couldn’t care less about the characters. …Captures all the fun and excitement of wandering aimlessly through an amusement park with boring people you don't like. …
William Bibbiani, The Wrap
…lame slasher… as disposable as its victims… [D+]
Michael Nordine, IndieWire
…a dull slasher flick… You've seen it all before, and better: A blade to the chest, an axe to the leg, a syringe to the eye. …It would bore Satan. …
Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter
…Falls on the “Why’d they even bother releasing this?” end of the horror cinema spectrum. …
Roger Moore, Movie Nation