Southbound: A Dark Fantasy-Horror-Thriller Anthology
Southbound: Horror Anthology Film Details
Release Date: February 5, 2016 (USA), May 17, 2016 (DVD)
Release Format: Theatrical, Digital
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Horror Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
“On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers – 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 in a series of interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.”
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FROM THE PRESS RELEASE
CULVER CITY, Calif. (March 21, 2016) All roads lead to terror in the acclaimed horror anthology SOUTHBOUND, available on DVD May 17, 2016, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From the creators of the popular V/H/S trilogy, the movie follows the fates of a group of weary travelers who confront their worst nightmares over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and the film collective known as Radio Silence, the movie stars Kate Beahan, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and Mather Zickel.
An Official Selection at Fantastic Fest and the 2015 Scary Movies Film Festival, SOUTHBOUND was released by The Orchard theatrically and digitally earlier this year. Dubbed “‘The Twilight Zone’ for the indie horror generation”.
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Note: Special Thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Orchard on providing the DVD for this film review.
“Southbound” is a collaborative production from a team of writers, directors, and executive producers. The talents (credited above) brings us a chilling anthology. Five dark tales are featured and all cross paths in the middle of nowhere, U.S.A. Each path goes “Southbound”. Not many anthologies succeed in concept and delivery. Some of them start off good, then go stale, or run out of ideas. These type of anthologies film fizzle away into ridiculousness. “Southbound” is unexpected, unpredictable, and has exceeded my expectations.
Mitch (Chad Villella) and Jack (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin) are running from their past. They stop in an abandoned town in the middle of the desert and realize that there’s no way out. After running around in circles, trying to escape, they are faced with a death creature. The taker of souls? The devourer of flesh?
Sutter (Kristina Pesic), Sadie (Fabianne Therese), and Ava (Hannah Marks) are on the road to their next show, but they encounter car problems, forcing them to wait in the middle of nowhere until someone comes along to help them. They stumble across a couple who are seemingly friendly at first but prove to be psycho as terrifying events unfold. Satanists, maybe? Devil worshipers? A cult?
Sadie’s demise is not done yet, as she coincidentally stumbles across Lucas (Mather Zickel), who by accident fatally runs her over. Sadie is in critical condition. Raymond attempts to call the police, who are of no help, so he is transferred to EMT, who calmly talks him through saving Sadie’s life. He soon comes to realize that they had no intentions of saving her life at all. They were ending it. At this moment, Lucas is forced to confront his own actions and demons.
Danny (David Yow) is visiting a dead end town to search for his long-lost sister. What he finds instead, is a gang of ruthless residents that will tear his every limb for invading their town.
A family, Cait (Kate Beahan), Daryl (Gerald Downey), and Jem (Hassie Harrison) are enjoying their night in their vacation home, when their peace gets invaded by a gang of masked serial killers, preying on them for vengeance and justice. Little do the ruthless killers know, their own brutal demise is waiting for them.
I have nothing but good things to say about “Southbound”. I have watched a few anthologies in my day, and I can honestly say that this film is one of the best, standing strong on my list of must see horror anthologies. “Southbound” sits alongside another noteworthy contender; “Mexico Barbaro” (2014). The plot and storyline I solid. Not many horror anthology films come alive such as “Southbound”. The team of writers and directors did a tremendous job on bringing these stories come alive.
Of course, the performances in “Southbound” are amazing. Every person owned their role and did a fantastic job in not being cheesy and unrealistic. The practical and special effects are great. Very realistic and not over-the-top. Everything about “Southbound” is original and is in a world of its own. I can definitely see the cleverness, creative imaginations, and innovation at work here. “Southbound” is a breath of fresh air from the constant normalcy that the horror arena has been subjected to.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive [/box]