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This Day in Horror History: HELL FEST Was Released in 2018

Since traditional immersive haunts are off the table in 2020, it’s a good time to revisit a recent, underrated classic. Bolstered by a killer cameo from horror icon Tony Todd, Hell Fest was released on this day in 2018.

If you missed the film in theaters and haven’t seen it on VOD or DVD yet, check out the trailer and synopsis below.

Synopsis:
On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest — a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground.

Hell Fest is directed by Gregory Plotkin and stars Cynthea Mercado, Stephen Conroy, and Amy Forsyth.

Trivia:
Many of the characters walking around “Hell Fest” in the beginning are from Netherworld Haunted House in Georgia. Netherworld is in the top ten haunted attractions in the USA. (Source)

The plot of this film is very similar to that of The Funhouse (1981). Both films also have similar tag lines. Hell Fest‘s is “Fun getting in. Hell getting out.” The Funhouse‘s is “Pay to get in. Pray to get out.” (Source)

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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