Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Day 18: Exit To Hell (2013) 1h 21m
Remember when everyone forgot that grindhouse style films existed until Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez made people remember? Then everyone promptly shit their pants for the visual style and we had a giant influx of films attempting to be Planet Terror or Death Proof? Remember that? The thing that made the original grindhouse films endearing was the fact they were scripts that were probably written in a weekend, low budget, and sometimes poorly acted. People forget that and in attempting to emulate the nu-grindhouse style end up creating shit. Exit to Hell actually did a good job of avoiding this.
The hub of this film is the town of Redstone; a lost town in the desert of wherever U.S.A. off highway 69. It's mostly creepy shirtless redneck people with assorted weapons, a gas station, and a sheriff that drives a car that would make Mad Max jealous. People making a getaway to Mexico after committing violent crimes seem to end up stuck here where they pay for their deeds. Hence the tagline "justice is served."
I'm pretty sure that Exit to Hell knew that they weren't going to make something Oscar worthy. So rather than going toward the professional route they hit the gas and jumped up over the top. It feels influenced by the nu-grindhouse technique while also pulling from something like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Implementing a bizarre cast of characters mixed in with young sexy criminals and throwing in car chases, some four-on-the-floor rock n' roll, gore, and cannibalism make this movie worth a watch.
I give Exit to Hell 3 coming attraction screens out of 5: