Southbound (2015) is an American horror anthology film directed by Radio Silence, Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner and Patrick Horvath. Starring Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese, Nathalie Love, Hannah Marks, Dana Gould, Anessa Ramsey, Susan Burke, Davey Johnson, Mather Zickel, Karla Droege, Zoe Cooper, Justin Welborn, David Yow, Tipper Newton, Matt Peters, Maria Olsen, Tyler Tuione, Kate Beahan, Gerald Downey, Hassie Harrison, and Larry Fessenden as “The DJ”.
Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares – and darkest secrets – over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.
The five tales are:
- “The Way Out”. Directed by Radio Silence.
- “Siren”. Directed by Roxanne Benjamin.
- “The Accident”. Directed by David Bruckner.
- “Jailbreak”. Directed by Patrick Horvath.
- “The Way In”. Directed by Radio Silence.
Not rated. 89 minutes. Watch the trailer here …
My thoughts… Southbound is a new horror anthology from the filmmakers behind the V/H/S trilogy. I wasn’t exactly blown away by the film but it’s worth watching. Southbound tells five interwoven tales that are linked together sequentially and half-twisted into a cinematic Möbius strip. TwitchFilm called it the “Twilight Zone for the indie horror generation”. As with most anthology horror films, you have to take the good with the, well, not quite as good. “Sirens”, in which an all-girl band’s van breaks down and a weird couple offers help, is my least favorite segment. However, “Sirens” leads into Southbound‘s best segment, “The Accident”. Sadie (Fabianne Therese), the all-girl band’s singer, runs from the weird couple and stumbles onto the road where Lucas (Mather Zickel) accidentally hits her with his car. Now, Lucas must save Sadie’s life with only the voice of a certified EMT on his cell phone to help him. “The Accident” is this film’s most twisted [literally!] segment and worth the price of admission alone! “The Way Out” and “The Way In” are actually one story are it’s my second favorite! Mitch (Chad Villella) and Jack (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin), after a desperate act of vengeance, find themselves running from demons. These two segments provide the half-twist that creates this film’s non-orientable narrative. In “Jailbreak”, Danny (David Yow) finds that his long-lost sister Jesse (Tipper Newton) doesn’t want to be found. Tipper Newton is a very lovely actress!