Hell Fest ★½

Chintzy as hell. Awkwrdly paced. And probably could have been 70 minutes long.

Still, as close to a pure 1980s slasher film as low-budget horror cinema has come in ages, right down to the annoying teen / twenty-something characters and the canny reliance on space and lighting in its stalking sequences. And there’s something just low-grade fun about that kind of straightforward elemental exercise, without any bullshit mythology or meta cleverness -- no matter how constrained the film is by its budget and its performers. In a year in which we have the dizzying style of 'Strangers: Prey at Night' to savor, this looks comparatively amateurish and monotonous, but for the devoted slasher fan, it’s a surprisingly satisfying little dollop of stabbing and screaming.