Exit 14 (2015): A Horror Thriller Movie Directed by Joe Salcedo
Exit 14 comes from Digital Media Production House, a company based in Baton Rouge that has previously specialised in making Christian and/or African-American films.
They had made one previous horror film with Town of the Living Dead (2011). Director Joe Salcedo is a newcomer. One of the oddities of the film is that it also comes co-produced by John Schneider, the actor best known for The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-85), who also turns up for several scenes as the father of one of the four. The film was released directly to dvd.
Exit 14 (Loi Thoat So 14) uses familiar genre tropes – the car broken down in the midst of a backroad, the creepy gas station attendant/tow truck driver, the teens in a backwoods cabin who foolishly decide to conduct a summoning of the dead ritual while drunk. Put plainly, the film is not very well made. It has a certain basic technical competence – no more than that. Neither Joe Salcedo nor screenwriter Camara Davis do anything interesting with any of the elements.
Moreover, for much of the film, it is never particularly clear what is going on. Is it a film about psycho Tom Sizemore? – at which you have to admit that Sizemore certainly has the whole friendly/sinister down perfect. Is it a film about the summoning of the dead girl (who never seems to appear much)? Crucially, while the characters run about and get very concerned about something, very little happens.
Exit 14 is about Four college students on spring break are haunted by a mysterious store clerk and the self-fulfilling ghost stories he tells. Laura Flannery and Tom Sizemore star in this horror thriller directed by Joe Salcedo.
Directed By: Joe Salcedo
Written By: Camara Davis
On Disc/Streaming: Apr 5, 2016
Runtime: 76 minutes