Movie Review | Hellfest

Watching horror movies is one of my favourite things to do at the weekend and when Halloween is approaching I descend into the horror genre for a whole month with true crime docuseries, horror films and more. 

So, when I saw Hellfest in the line up of horror films on netflix close to Halloween 2019, I just had to give it a watch. 

The movie is about a group of teens who attend a horror themed amusement park with lots of scary things to see. The antagonist in this film is a masked serial killer who stalks this group of friends and aims to kill them all as passers by watch on assuming this is all part of the event. 

Hellfest is a slasher horror which has been set in modern times, now it's no Halloween or Friday the 13th, but it does stick true to the tropes of the genre. I found myself engulfed in this movie, watching on as a bunch of teens are slaughtered and the stereotypical end girl tries to survive.

The style of this film felt quite cinematic at times but through camera technique and good lighting, as a viewer I felt like it was intimate. 

Although the film is set in modern day, it has the feel of an 80s slasher with plenty of scream queens, writing and acting. The costume design was great and I loved the over all tone the film had. The soundtrack was also a winner for me with songs like Dolls house by John Massari, A killer in the park by Bear McCreary and more.

The acting within Hellfest wasn't anything special but I feel like that added to the charm of this movie. The casting was well done with Amy Forsyth as the protagonist, Natalie and becoming the end/final girl, I was also joyed to see Bex Taylor-Klaus in a main role as Taylor, Natalie's friend. 

This isn't the first time I've watched as Bex takes on a role in a Slasher piece, she also played Audrey in Netflix adaptation of Scream. In both roles she holds her own and commands the viewers attention. 

I was drawn in with low angle shots, uplighting and atmospheric music which added to the enjoyment of this title. This modern slasher was truly enjoyable and I can't recommend it enjoy. 



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