Continuing on with several horror gradings this month in celebration of Halloween, we blather on about Hell Fest from 2018 that was directed by Gregory Plotkin, the man behind Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.
IMDb Storyline: 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.
Oh snap, you are in for a treat as our deep dive review, rating and recommendation of this Halloween time discussion just dropped on our sister podcast, Horror Movie Weekly. BillChete, Lady Phantom and the pig-headed horror host, Jay of the Dead, just released the AUDIO today. Click that Link for the discussion.
4K Disc Quality:
Ahh yes, finally a newer release horror film that has ZERO grain! Even though this is a 2K intermediary unconverted to 4K, it looks impressive. Wide color spectrum is in full effect in Hell Fest. Primarily taking place at nighttime in a dark theme park with tons of colorful strobe and neon-style lights, you get glorious lighting that shines on this format. The dark scenes, which there are many, are deep and luscious while never compromising on detail or loss of depth. The DTS:X track served its purpose with loud blares making you jump. It is effective, and while not the best score for a horror movie it worked well here. Horror fans will undoubtedly want to own this 4K Disc!
Wow. Wow. This movie looks GOOD! I mean, it all happens at night, in a haunted house ride. Nothing gets lost, and there’s lots and lots of color. There is no grain to be found (thankfully), and everything is crystal clear. The blacks are deep and rich, and all the colors are super vivid. This is one of those movies which makes you feel you’re in it. Unfortunately there is no action during the day, but that’s to be expected. Sound is great as well. All the dialogues are intelligible, and the special sound effects of the ride jump out at you. The 4K disc includes a making of featurette, which is always a plus. All in all, great disc.
Breakdown of “Hell Fest (2018)“
|BillChete: 7.5 (Buy)||Lady Phantom: 9 (Buy)|
|4K Blu-ray Disc Grade|
|BillChete: B+ (Worthy)||Lady Phantom: A- (Worthy)|
Average 4K Disc Grade