Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.
Although this is not the BEST slasher film I've ever seen by a long shot, it was such a a fun ride for a slasher fan like me. I enjoyed every second of this movie. I laughed a ton, at the dad-joke humor, and at the very obvious hints at classic horror films. I thought the movie was going one way and I was wrong, and I liked that. I really enjoyed the gore in this movie because it wasn't over the top, but it was still there, and it was still good enough to make me smile. And like I said, I laughed a ton, because I had a great time watching this movie. Yes, the up-tight critics say this movie has no character development/plot/story. But that's exactly what made me love this movie so much. Hell Fest is a breath of fresh air amongst all the disappointing "scary" movies of my generation. I had a smile on my face during the entire 90 minutes of this film, and in today's standards of "slasher" films, this one guarantees a good time.
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