A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend a press day for the new horror film, HELL FEST. CBS Films & Lionsgate put together a very special press day, which took place at Six Flags Magic Mountain, in Valencia (CA).
In this perfect setting, I was able to interview Director Gregory Plotkin. This is the second film that Greg directs; the first one was Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015). He also was THE editor for some successful movies, such as the Oscar nominee for Best Motion Picture of the Year Get Out (2017), the comedy Game Night (2017), and others.
Greg and I talked about the script, the cast, some production details, and more. HELL FEST is now playing!
About the 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.
A terrifying thrill ride from iconic horror producer Gale Anne Hurd, Tucker Tooley and director Gregory Plotkin, this September, audiences will discover that it’s fun going in… but it’s hell getting out. Screenplay by: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper. Scored by legendary composer Bear McCreary. The film stars Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Roby Attal, Matt Mercurio and Tony Todd.