Southbound (2015)

 

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‘No matter which road you choose, it’s all going South’

Southbound is a 2015 American horror anthology film featuring five interconnected tales: ‘The Way Out’, ‘Siren’, ‘The Accident’, ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘The Way In’ from directors Radio Silence (V/H/S), David Bruckner (V/H/SThe Signal), Patrick Horvath (The Pact II) and Roxanne Benjamin.

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The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It received a limited US theatrical release on February 5, 2016, followed by a VOD release on February 9 via The Orchard.

Main cast:

Kate Beahan (The Wicker Man [2006]), Chad Villella (V/H/S; Devil’s Due), Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Fabianne Therese, Nathalie Love, Kristina Pesic, Hannah Marks, Dana Gould, Mather Zickel, David Yow, Matt Peters, Maria Olsen (Mark of the Witch; The Remains), Davey Johnson and Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here; Pod; Body).

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Plot:

On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travellers – two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation – are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets…

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Reviews:

“Though laced with moments of shocking – and well executed – violence Southbound exists less within the strictures of contemporary horror than it does within the worlds of EC Comics and The Twilight Zone, with the stories emphasizing strong characters and big ideas more than mere splatter…” Todd Brown, Twitch

” … a very conventional anthology work, in that much of it is inconsequential although even at it’s worst it moves along at a decent enough pace (and with enough style) that it’s always worth sitting through to get to the good bits.” Chris Bumbray, Arrow in the Head

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” … an uncommonly cohesive and intelligent example of the form. Featuring five spooky tales taking place on and around a dusty highway going nowhere, the film avoids the cheap shocks and campy humor seen all too often in such efforts. Although the majority of the entries don’t quite live up to their ambitions, one at least is a gem worthy of The Twilight Zone.” Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“reminded me of Creepshow in its twisted sense of humor and unpredictability. That’s a major compliment.” Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

” … this anthology of five horror tales is the rare group effort without a dud, as it cruises through variations on the genre with style and confidence.” Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment

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” … man is it frustrating when you’re left to piece so many different storylines together—it really flatlined a lot of what was so brilliantly built up. Other than that, though, Southbound is the real deal, a wicked take on anthologies that will (hopefully) change the landscape for the format that continues to tell short-form horror in exciting new ways.” Ryan C, The Missing Reel

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