Director Neil Marshall Takes Us to 'Hellfest'

Director Neil Marshall will be helming a Halloween-themed slasher film titled "Hellfest." CBS Films plans to launch a new horror franchise with it. Plans are for production to start in the summer of 2012, making it doubtful it will be ready for Halloween next year. A 2013 release date is more likely.

The movie will revolve around visitors to a theme park on Halloween night. Out for a good time, they unfortunately run into a costumed maniac bent on killing them one by one.

Sounds like a fun, old-fashioned 1980s slasher film. I'm all for it and giddy with anticipation. It would be nice to have a seasonal slasher series like "Friday the 13th" or "Halloween" to look forward to every year, especially now that genre fans don't have the comfort of knowing if a new "Saw" film is heading their way.

The plan is for "Hellfest" to be the next project Marshall will work on. He is presently wrapping up work on the first episode of season two for the hit television series "Game of Thrones" titled "Blackwater." Marshall's past film work includes "Centurion," "Doomsday," and "The Descent." He is definitely no stranger to the horror genre.

Writers William Penick and Chris Sey are scripting the film. "Hellfest" is Penick and Sey's sophomore project as writers. Their first work was a TV horror thriller titled "Secrets in the Walls," which went on to win an Art Directors Guild award for Excellence in Production Design.

Valhalla Entertainment's Gale Anne Hurd will be producing "Hellfest." She is well known for helping launch "The Terminator" franchise, as well as acting as an executive producer on AMC's "The Walking Dead." Hurd also had a hand in several Marvel film adaptations, like "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Punisher." She's won several awards during her career, including a Saturn Award for Best Writer for "The Terminator" and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture for "The Waterdance."

One thing it looks like horror and slasher fans won't have to worry about is a PG-13 film that will be tame enough for the under 17 crowd. All of Marshall's theatrical film work has been rated R in the past. It's quite possible we will get a good gory film out of "Hellfest."

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  • Lodie Quezada 12/21/2011

    Thanks, Merry Christmas.