Hell Fest appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As expected, the movie presented strong visuals.
Across the board, definition seemed good. Even with a mix of low-light sequences, the film appeared accurate and concise, as only a smidgen of slightly soft shots emerged.
Jagged edges and moiré effects didn’t mar the presentation, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
In terms of palette, Fest went with a standard orange and teal orientation, though it used a lot of colored lights as well, and those allowed it to broaden its horizons. Within stylistic choices, the hues seemed well-depicted.
Blacks were dark and dense, and shadows gave us good clarity. I felt pleased with this transfer.
As for the DTS X audio, it offered a mostly typical horror movie soundscape. Downconverted to DTS-HD MA 7.1, this meant a fair amount of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”.
Along with good stereo music, the soundfield was able to open things up in a satisfying manner that embellished the story. We got a good sense of crowd/theme park elements along with a useful sense of the spooky bits, with some that worked really well.
Audio quality was always good. Music appeared full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy. Low-end appeared deep and rich.
Speech was natural and distinctive throughout the film. The mix used the speakers well and created a fine sense of the material.
A featurette called Thrills and Kills runs 16 minutes, 28 seconds and includes notes from producer Gale Anne Hurd, director Gregory Plotkin, property master John Sanders, production designer Michael T. Perry, costume designer Eulyn C. Hufkie, SPFX makeup department head Lucas Godfrey, and actors Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Christian James, Matt Mercurio, and Roby Attal.
“Kills” looks at story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, the movie’s scares/kills, effects, and the villain’s mask. “Kills” goes fluffy at times but it gives us a smattering of good insights.
The disc opens with ads for A Simple Favor, Winchester, Hunter Killer and Robin Hood (2018). We also find a trailer for Fest.
Aspects of Hell Fest threaten to become clever and fun, but too much of the film feels like the same old. Despite a few minor innovations, the movie comes across as predictable and monotonous. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio but it lacks substantial supplements. Hell Fest winds up as a forgettable horror tale.