A group of friends are on their way to their five year High School reunion. However, each one finds their way to Ike's Last Chance Gas off of Exit 33. One by one, each friend finds out the why hidden gas station off an abandoned high way is their last chance and it has nothing to do with fuel.
Undoubtedly the name Kane Hodder carries some weight to it for obvious reasons and that name alone will bring horror fans flocking to a movie. Me? I couldn't care less, to be honest. I don't mean that in my usually snotty snide way of thumbing my nose at the mainstream and certainly nothing negative towards Mr. Hodder -- I just haven't cared, liked, or watched anything relating to "Friday the 13th" for well over a decade. They were fun when I was a kid but once I got into foreign, cult, and underground movies I simply moved on and haven't looked back since. The reason I bring this up is that "Exit 33" is using Kane Hodder as its main drawing point. They've (as in the folks behind the movie) stopped short of coming to our homes and screaming, "Look! Come watch our movie! We've got Jason!" And that's for a good reason: "Exit 33" has nothing else to offer a viewer and if you're like me, indifferent towards Kane Hodder, then you really have nothing.
This "bloody throwback slasher" puts the mundane in redundant...Yeah...I think...Anyway, "Exit 33" is one of those back-to-basics backwoods slashers that uses an old formula for the new age. The problem is that it is so basic that it is utterly dull and they didn't do a very good job pulling it off. Ike (Kane Hodder) plays the proprietor of Ike's Last Chance Gas, but he has a sinister side as he abducts women to take one of their eyes in some sort of ode to his dead wife. Of course he eventually kills them and any men who find out his dirty secret. Throw in a supernatural element that’s supposed to make you guess whether he's crazy or haunted. Add a pinch of blood and you've got yourself "Exit 33"; a monotonous exercise in formulaic horror.
You know the story -- any minor additions made here hold no worth in keeping the audience's attention. There's nothing that makes you give a damn about the characters (even though they want you to since one of the characters is planning on proposing to his gal pal) and the fact that the actors didn't seem that interested in what they're doing, didn't help the situation either. I may feel indifferent about Kane Hodder but he actually did a good job and made a valiant effort, which is more than I can say for anybody else. The scenes in between the eye removals and the killings almost feel pointless and at times are quite awkward to the point of being painful. Almost all dialogue exchanges are utterly pointless with tons of failed humor. None of the in-between kills scenes do anything to push the movie forward or the story -- random scene after another that leads to character-X finding their way to his gas station and getting killed. Wax on. Wax off.
I'm not trying to be nasty here but I have no compliments I can give this movie. The concept is so basic that it's boring and it's far from being well executed. I guess I can take that back -- I can give "Exit 33" three compliments: The first being a very well done eye removal scene. Only one is shown in graphic detail and they make it pay off quite well when Ike is popping it out of the socket with a measuring spoon. The second one is that they made "Exit 33" look like a movie. It doesn't feel like someone's backyard project with someone holding a mini-dv camera and using the built in camera light for lighting. It has some decent production efforts even though the end product isn't what you would call good. The third thing is Kane Hodder's performance. Like I said, it seemed like he was the only who gave a damn in this movie and even has an endearing moment between him and his character's son.
I didn't hate "Exit 33" as much as I hated "Half Moon" but this is the second title from Breaking Glass Pictures that I absolutely did not like. Both movies have actually caught me by surprise from being distributed by BGP because of their obvious lack in quality. Not to be Negative Nancy entirely; some of the cast and crew do show promise. Personally though, after this and the previous Tommy Brunswick movie I sat through, "Jingles the Clown", I'll probably be staying away from her future endeavors. Who knows though, with her continuing and ongoing work in the horror genre she could turn out a good genre title eventually. As for now, with "Exit 33", I can't recommend it as I don't see there being any reward for anybody.