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Former classmates Angie (Antoinette
Nikprelaj) and Eva (Maria Hildreth) have decided to race each
other to their class reunion, and to beat the respective other to the
bunch, they both decide to take a shortcut via exit 33, a shortcut that
leads through the center of nowhere, and right by Ike's (Kane Hodder) gas
station - and Ike is a deeply troubled man, he likes to capture women and
gouge out their eyes, and since he doesn't want to have eyeless women
running around all over the place, he kills his respective victims, often
skinning them as well and working their meat into his jerky.
both Angie and Eva fall prey to Ike, and even though they do their best to
escape the monster, they haven't got a chance. It's hunting season though,
and quite a number of hunters stop by Ike's place as well, many of whom
find out what he's up to - but Ike, aided by his little son (Christian
Koza), has little problems taking all of them out.
Why does he do it
Well, Ike once had a wife (Virginia Bryant), and Ike was a
hunter, but not only that, Ike also was an alcoholic, and in a highly
intoxicated state he once shot his wife through the eye by accident and
thus killed her. The boy, their son is all that's left of her, and he's
only a spirit because the wife was still pregnant with him when she died.
But to atone for his sin of killing her, Ike now collects eyes to replace
But what about Angie and Eva, will they be saved?
has a boyfriend, Matt (Jerry Reid), who wanted to surprise her at the
class reunion and propose to her. When going there, Matt also took the
shortcut via Exit 33, and somewhere in the middle of nowhere, he found
Angie's empty car. Only, Matt made the mistake of returning to Ike's gas
station for help ...
Exit 33 is a slasher film
that without a doubt has its moments: Its outbursts of violence are just
as effective as they're supposed to be, it does contain carefully built up
scenes of suspense, the occasional ironic twist doesn't hurt either, and
the revelation of Ike's story is haunting enough.
That said though, Exit
33 isn't exactly a great film: Basically it's just a collection of
episodes of Ike capturing, torturing or killing someone, and the episodes
are barely interwoven, the characters (apart from Ike) are only shoddily
set up and fade into and out of the film's attention a few times too often
to properly identify with them, and the film's ending seems to come at
random and doesn't at all seem to be satisfying.
That all said though,
the film is still perfectly watchable, entertaining and scary, just don't
expect a masterpiece.