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EXIT 33 is an atrocity of a film and half of that blame lies with Hodder himself. He looks great stalking, slashing, punching, standing, and looking all-around intimidating—he’s a fantastic physical actor. But when he opens his mouth and delivers lines or tries to show off the least bit of emotion, he’s a wreck. A train wreck, really. Just awful and as the film continues on and Hodder talks and ‘acts’ more, it just gets worse and worse. Not that the rest of the cast of EXIT 33 are any better than he is, but I give them some slack because they all appear to drama students still working on their craft—Hodder has been at it for over 20 years , so a performance like this is simply inexcusable.
So right off the bat the only thing going for EXIT 33 is a total wreck, meaning that everything else is headed downhill fast. Let’s start from the top: the story is simply ridiculous. A dude runs a gas station in the middle of nowhere and yet there seems to be an endless supply of people passing through—of which, he happens to kill them all. Not only does this seem bad for business but it’s simply unbelievable—and since it plays like this could be based on a true story or that this serial killer is the real deal, having this gap in reality doesn’t work at all. His reason for the killing is that he’s depressed that his wife is dead and that her ghost wants him to kill. What? Again, a happy family who is broken apart by an untimely death doesn’t just want to start murdering innocent people—and the lame-ass reasons they do give don’t pass the bullshit test.
It doesn’t stop there with the lameness, as EXIT 33 features a dude taking a shit (for a lot longer time than was necessary), unnecessary screaming and swearing by an unlikable victim, a “twist” ending that can be seen coming a mile away, unlikable characters, hillbilly music that didn’t fit the mood or the tone of the movie as a whole, and an extended opening credit sequence that could have shaved off about 3 minutes. There were literally only 3 things that are even remotely decent about this flick: 1) Hodder’s reading a Fangoria magazine with JASON X on the cover and he says something how it’s not very scary (nice nod to the fans), 2) the special effects of him scooping out an eyeball using a close-up practical effect reminded me of the ‘80s and was done pretty damn well, and 3) there’s a sweet Miller High Life sign hanging behind the counter of the gas station, which means it’s seen in just about every shot featuring Hodder (this last one will only be cool to me since I’m a freak for the High Life—nobody else will care). Everything else about this movie is crap.