The film contains five stories set on desolate stretches of a desert highway. Two men on the run from their past, a band on its way to a 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 these interwoven tales.
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★★★½ review by bree1981 on Letterboxd
Glasgow Frightfest 2016 Film # 8
A strange anthology horror featuring four separate tales by four directors all involving seemingly unrelated stories of desperate soul's travelling down a deserted stretch of highway.
The film open's, then comes full circle and close's with what to me was the weakest segment, The Way In and The Way Out directed by the group of filmmakers know as Radio Silence was a fairly baffling story that isn't really made any clearer by the end segment. The one thing it get's right is the cool looking, skeletal monster's/alien's which appear to be stalking the main characters.
The middle two segment's are the film's strongest, first we have Siren by Roxanne Benjamin, featuring the best cast of all the stories, it's the tale of three girls in a garage rock band who are on their way to a gig when their van breaks down, accepting a lift from a seemingly nice couple, their night however, soon turns into nightmare when they get back to the couples isolated home. This segment immediately bleeds into the next, David Bruckner's The Accident is easily the goriest of the four story's, a man on his way home to his wife hit's a young girl in the middle of nowhere but when he phone's 911 someone takes the chance to play a twisted game with him that takes advantage of his obvious panic.
The final segment is another really strange one, Patrick Horvath's Jailbreak is the story of a guy looking to save his sister from a town full of vampire type creatures, the only problem being his sister doesn't want to be saved and isn't happy to see him. The film then goes full circle and tries to shine some clarity on the first story but I still didn't get it.
Overall, as with most of these type's of film's this is a bit hit or miss but I think the middle two segments are strong enough to make this worthwhile checking out.
★★★½ review by Daniel Rodriguez on Letterboxd
Finally! A 2016 horror movie worth praising, YEAH!
Southbound is something like an heirr to the VHS legacy. It reunites most of the team from that movie in a new anthology, which replaces de VHS theme for a highway-to-hell one.
As it happens with pretty much every anthology movie ever, Southbound has its inconsistences. Some segments are just not as interesting as others. The best one by far is The Accident, which is dark and twisted, and the weakest one is the rescue, but just because it only shows glimpses of a very interesting world, without ever doing anything remarkable with it. What I liked the most about this movie is how it features a truly evil force, one that offers a real sense of danger and urgency because there's no easy getaway.
First Rating: 4.0
Last Rating: 3.5
★★★½ review by Hollie Horror on Letterboxd
Southbound is a rather interesting horror anthology with interweaving stories, at the end of a segment one of the characters passes the segment torch to a new character and the audience is smoothly carried along into a new segment, with the wraparound acting only as bookends to the entire anthology, instead of having a segment in between each act.
Interestingly, Roxanne Benjamin, a producer on V/H/S, stepped into the role of director in Southbound with a segment following an all-girl band who are stranded on a long stretch of highway, I hate that it's even noteworthy that a woman participated in a horror anthology but it's still a rare occurrence and her segment was second best, so right on!
I was not at all surprised to learn that my favorite segment was directed by David Bruckner who actually directed one of my favorite segments in V/H/S (Amateur Night) and was one of three directors on the 2007 film, The Signal. His segment was tense yet funny, had the best acting with a performance by Mather Zickel as he tries to save a woman he hit with his car, and the segment also had quality gore, it was the true standout of Southbound, although the entire anthology was a fast-paced, easy watch.
★★★½ review by Mr. DuLac on Letterboxd
Now, where were we? It seems I lost my train of thought. Well folks, the mind is a tricky demon.
We witness people who are unaware that they are headed "Southbound" while being oblivious to the fact that they are getting one last chance at changing course. It's built as an anthology, but plays as loosely connected stories of individuals who are in danger of having sharing the same fate.
I think the key to enjoying this is not seeing each story individually, but the entire film as a whole. There's common themes running throughout and considering the amount of directors who worked on this it surprisingly has a cohesive style running throughout.
Surprisingly entertaining, might not be everyone's cup of tea. My favorite segment was "The Accident", surprisingly as how straight forward it was. There was just something compelling about watching a person desperately trying to save a strangers life that kept me hooked.
One last thing... "The D.J." was a great touch... and real life twins are the creepiest special effect you can put in a horror movie. If you're a twin reading this, don't pretend to be offended. You know you're a freak.
★★★★ review by Film Commander Sebastian on Letterboxd
Southbound is a pretty gory version of a twilight zone episode and could be compared to V/H/S, but without found footage. There about 4 or 5 different stories that cleverly weave into each other and makes the story arc flow much better. The only bad thing, something twilight zone sometimes does, is that it does not explain itself, so many things left the be a bit mysterious, but doesn't make sense without some sort of explanation. Another thing is that the ending makes sense at first, but then I started to realize it doesn't make sense.
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