A few miles off EXIT 33, lies IKE'S LAST CHANCE GAS. A secluded sleepy hideaway where Ike prepares a special jerky for customers, and a terrifying secret. Ike and his son are controlled by ... See full summary »
A few miles off EXIT 33, lies IKE'S LAST CHANCE GAS. A secluded sleepy hideaway where Ike prepares a special jerky for customers, and a terrifying secret. Ike and his son are controlled by a mysterious ghost, whose bidding lead Ike to abduct and torture beautiful women travelers. But, there is more to this story than meets the eye... literally! Written by
Not funny enough for comedy/horror, not scary enough to be called horror
About the only reason people are going to want to watch this is Kane Hodder. If you're not into horror films, you're not going to know who he is. He played Jason Voorhees in some of the latter Friday the 13th movies (parts 7, 8, 9 and X). Instead of hiding behind the mask this time, he plays a store owner with dark, dirty secrets. Is you ask me... they should have stayed hidden.
Four friends are on their way to their 5-year High School reunion and decide to take a shortcut, good old exit 33. Eva (Hildreth) and Dax (Elia) come from work while Angie (Nikprelaj) drives alone because Matt (Reid) doesn't want to go. Actually, Matt does want to go, but he's planned something special for Angie and wants to drive up later himself to surprise her with it. Besides the four friends, a lot of other people seem to be taking exit 33 lately. We have Marla (Canning), just your typical bitch-on-wheels, a law man (Cole) and a pair of hunters (Anton & Tedder). All of them stops at Ike's Last Chance Gas where the caretaker, Ike (Hodder) will sell you his homemade jerky and let you pump some gas, whether it's pump #3 or pump #9, it'll decide your fate.
There's not much going on in Exit 33. The opening scene alone completely kills the chance of any possible mystery aspects of the film. It would have been nice to maybe twist in the wind a bit. Not a single soul comes looking for any of the missing. You would think that after years and years of doing this sort of thing, somebody would get suspicious. And what about all the cars he leaves? Do they magically disappear? Rust into the ground? This movie was eerily familiar to Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer. Right down to the kill-'em-and-feed-'em-to-the-public story line. In that one, at least they covered their tracks and thought about any loose ends (such as the cars).
The acting is just under average, I felt like some of the dialog was forced, almost none of it seemed genuine. The screenplay was, by far, the worst thing about this movie. We have characters figuring out what Ike is doing and even have the chance to sneak up behind him and take control of the situation but every one of them decides it's better to rush the seven-foot-tall figure and maybe punch him in the face rather than say.... I dunno.... shoot him..... or grab any one of those sharp, pointy metal objects hanging on the wall right next to them as they enter the room? And talk about dumb... I've seen wittier comments written on bathroom stall doors. From the law man who is eating his homemade jerky and finds a tooth on his beef stick (An entire tooth? Really? It's kind of hard to miss it was so BIG!) to one customer who hears screams coming from Ike's shack. "What was that?" the customer asks. "Oh, that's just some kids I'm torturing in my slaughterhouse out back," Ike replies. "Oh, you!" the customer exclaims as he wags his finger at Ike.
You might get a few chuckles out of it, but I found it to be a chore to get through. If they were going for a comedy/horror, then they needed a lot more humor in it (and funnier material). If they were going for a straight horror, then they needed to be a little less absurd. As it stands now, it's just an embarrassing mess of a film.
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Final Grade: D-
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