Breaking Glass Pictures detours from its typically more edgy fare to release the 2019 horror film "Exit O' on DVD. This teen-friendly indie horror flick sticks to the basics,
The 17 festival wins, which include two top honors at the 2019 Los Angeles Film Awards, for "Exit" supports the principle of not fixing what is not broken. It also shows that you cannot go wrong stranding a young (or youngish) couple literally and figuratively outside their comfort zone.
The following Breaking trailer for "Exit" highlights the indie and the horror aspects that provide solid art-house style entertainment.
Our textbook (not that there is anything wrong with that) story opens with stereotypical Brooklyn hipsters Billy and Lisa (Angie Duke) driving toward the titular off ramp. Their (perhaps final) destination is a 150 year-old inn that was a regular vacation spot for Billy and his family during his childhood, It is clear from the outset that Billy, who neither is a hero nor a fool with his life, already is on edge.
The figurative trip back in time goes relatively well until Billy starts experiencing creepy occurrences that likely are a mix of actual events and figments of his imagination.
The proverbial back-breaking straw is Billy discovering a textbook videotape in his hotel room. This home movie begins with a pair of good ole boys menacing a couple on the road; the horror hits closer to home when the video rednecks resume the party in the same room where Billy and Lisa are staying.
The factors that prevent the odds from forever being in the favor of Billy include the tape going missing before he can show it to the police, a perception that the "natives" stick together, and a profit motive to hush up any tormenting of tourists. It is equally predictable that recovering the tape does not help the cause of Billy.
One of the best scenes in "Exit" has captive audience Billy and Lisa spending the night waiting for history to repeat itself.
All of this leads to the inevitable escalation of tension that minimally puts Billy on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
The broadest appeal of "Exit" is that it is relatable to folks who enjoy staying at historic inns; these places that remain true to their past always have a least a minor creepy vibe in that they are dated (if not faded) and typically keep the lighting relatively low. This is not to mention any place that is at least 75 years old, has been home to inn keepers and employees, and has hosted guests for decades almost definitely has one or more tales of thing doing bump in the night in its halls.
Breaking supplements this with a cast and crew Q&A session that almost certainly follows a happy hour. We also get a bonus short film title "Harsh Light,"