On September 29, 2018, my brother and I were able to go see Judas Priest at Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, California. As huge metal fans at a nearly sold-out outdoor concert, the anticipation could not be more palpable. To our surprise, Judas Priest came on first. Decked out in metal gear and rocking relentlessly from song to song, the best performances remain entrenched in my memory. “Firepower” from their new album of the same name was very metal and showed that they had not lost their musical acumen at all. But even more rousing was “Another Thing Coming,” one of a series of bad-ass metal anthems sure to melt one of Hillary’s snowflakes. The signature song “Breaking the Law” brought the crowd to its feat, a gesture of rebelliousness and strength that rang through the auditorium. My other favorite was “Living After Midnight,” an atmospheric song that encapsulates my world view. I was enthralled with the band and the song set; unfortunately the stage visuals and sound were not quite as amazing as they could have been. The stage had too much fog on it, making the band somewhat difficult to see and almost impossible to photograph. The sound seemed a bit subdued in my opinion, not being properly deafening and with the lyrics to these and other excellent songs being a bit muffled. However, overall this was an amazing set, well worth the effort to go see and something that every metal-head can get into.
Going into “Hell Fest,” I knew three things: 1. The trailers and
posters were awesome. 2. The filmmakers are talented, with the
director having edited “Get Out” and the producer having made “Aliens” and “Tremors.” 3. The reviews are TERRIBLE! Having seen the film, I can now report that the bad reviews are way off-base and this is one of the scariest films of the year. Almost a close uncredited remake of “The Funhouse,” it focuses on a group of teens attending a Halloween haunt and theme park known as the Hell Fest. Unbeknownst to them, a slasher wearing a really scary mask is going on a killing spree using the park as cover. Even once one of the teenagers figures out what is going on, it is nearly impossible for her to get anyone to believe her. A well-made thrill ride with a truly ingenious surprise ending, this movie will haunt your dreams for nights on end. “Hell Fest” delivers a HELL of a good scare!