American Fright Fest – USA, 2018

‘Frightfully real’

American Fright Fest – formerly Fright Fest – is a 2018 American horror feature film directed by Ante Novakovic from a screenplay by Robert Gillings. The movie stars Dylan Walsh, Madison McKinley, Romeo Miller and Mercy Malick.

Blood runs rampant on Halloween night when a politically ambitious Mayor from the small town of Sommerton decides to mount a live Fright Fest inside the walls of a long abandoned state asylum. He recruits a downward spiralling cult horror film director in Spencer Crowe, a man no longer capable of delivering the caliber of horror classics he once created with ease.

Mayor Fowler expects Crowe to put on a spectacle no one will soon forget, only problem is a van of criminally insane prisoners crashes just outside the perimeter and the trick or treaters think their murderous acts are part of the show…

Reviews:

Fright Fest is a convoluted story that pulls together many well-worn genre tropes and archetypes that don’t exactly fit together as a whole. The end result is a tonally inconsistent slasher by the numbers.” Stuart Wright, Britflicks

“It’s confusing. Worse still, the deaths really aren’t that good either. A sad and sorry slasher film that somehow manages to take the genre back in time – a time that many had hoped was over. Lacking the fun nature that we have come to expect, Fright Fest just feels like one big misogynistic and politically incorrect mess.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

Fright Fest is a better, funnier idea than it is a finished film. Crowe is so cartoonishly awful (we can’t think which horror filmmakers Novakovic and Gillings have in mind) there’s no sense of a line being crossed as he starts to exploit the murders, and the satire on awful, dimwit entertainment industry bottom feeders is basic (as these things go, it’s no Skeleton Crew or Return to Horror High). The horror stuff is also off the shelf, with too many thin characters blundering around in hysterics to register before their death scenes.” The Kim Newman Web Site

Cast and characters:

  • Dylan Walsh … Spencer Crowe – The Stepfather (2009)
  • Madison McKinley … Taylor
  • Romeo Miller … Rico
  • Mercy Malick … Estelle
  • Ashley Blankenship … Maxine
  • Luke Baines … Mason
  • Pancho Moler … Finkle
  • Robert Scott Wilson … Steph
  • Heather Ann Davis … Janie
  • Jonathan Camp … Ruben
  • Kresh Novakovic … Mayor Fowler
  • Michael Kupisk … Philip Blake
  • Christopher Mann … Michael Berger
  • Yanina Studilina … Broken Ballerina
  • Peter Patrikios … Stanley

Filming locations:

Pennhurst Asylum, Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA

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