Southbound does three things well.
First, it has some genuinely new stories to tell. That's not typicalfor horror, where the same few stories are iterated upon repeatedly.
Second, it has fascinating characters that are brought to vivid life,with remarkably few brush strokes, but without ever resorting tostereotype. The quality of the writing, direction, and acting shine.
Finally, each of Southbound's authors know to leave enough unsaid. Eachchapter suggests a world of back story, but there's no spoon anywherein sight. Which is particularly important for horror, where what ismade explicit can never approach the creepiness that is onlyimaginable.
What does it do wrong? Well, the effects can be shoddy, and there are afew scenes designed around an effect, rather than the effect crafted tothe vision, leaving those scenes wooden. But that's all, and for eachawkward bit of gore, there are two or three masterfully directed scenesto compensate.
Southbound is a seriously enjoyable horror flick. See it when you can.
Southbound (2016) 720p YIFY Movie
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.
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The Synopsis for Southbound (2016) 720p
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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The Reviews for Southbound (2016) 720p
Reviewed byvasilnVote: 7/10/10
Southbound does three things well.
Films like "Southbound" make me mad. Seriously mad, even, because they enhance the dreadful misconception that horror movies nowadays don't require a good script or a coherent plot if there's a cool gimmick (in this case interlacing segments) and lots of gory special effects. What makes these so-called writers and directors (including the collective "Radio Silence" or whatever they call themselves) think they are permitted to just put together a bunch of semi-processed ideas and underdeveloped storylines, but then sell it as a brimful anthology? I'll be the first to admit that the concept of "Southbound" demonstrates a lot of potential, but every segment feels incomplete and raises multiple questions rather than providing thrills and entertainment. In the first segment: what the heck are these skeletal creatures supposed to be and why are these two blokes trapped in a sort of time warp? During the second chapter: what ever happened to the fourth girl the others keep referring to? Who are their assailants and what drives them? One girl escapes, but what's the fate of the other two? The third segment is the most satisfying, but still: why is the hospital abandoned and who are the voices on the phone? Segment four is the most frustrating of them all and I can't even begin to describe what the purpose of this tale is. The final story is a prelude to the first but doesn't clarify anything. We still don't know about the background of these people and we're still guessing what the skeletal creatures are. For some incomprehensible reason, "Southbound" has quite a large fan-base and surely the geeks love to endlessly debate about alternate dimension theories, hidden clues, suggestive backgrounds, etc... This isn't cinema in the league of David Lynch; - it's only a mediocre and overly pretentious horror anthology. I would normally give a rating 4 or even 5, because the special effects are admirably gruesome and there certainly are a handful of atmospherically tense moments, but the lack of screenplay is so infuriating that I stick to the minimum rating. Consider it a statement.
Southbound is unlike most Horror films, belonging to a sub-genre Iwould define as "intertwined". 5 different stories leading to andderiving from each other: Two friends on trying to get home, a girlband trying to get to their next gig, a man trying to go home to hisloving wife, a brother trying to rescue his sister, and a family onvacation before their daughter goes to college. Sufficing to saynothing ends well.
The common ground for the tales is the actual ground, as they all seemto be taking place at the same location, referred to as "the middle ofnowhere" and giving a strong sensation of Hell itself. Also, all thecharacters seem to be tuned in to the same radio station, where the DJhints of his awareness to their sins and struggles. In each story, theprotagonists (if you can call them that) have secrets in an escalatinglevel of severity, and I guess the moral is that Karma always catchesup to you.
Seeing as how each story is around 17 minutes in average, it's quitechallenging for me to rate the film as a whole. The screen writing isby far the best feature, as the stories leave you confused, wondering,desperate and lost. Some fine shooting and cinematography as well,especially during the beginning of The Accident part (great work fromdirectors and screenwriters Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner and MattBettinelli-Olpin). The acting is also good, but the each of the cast isgiven little screen time, so it's hard to say anything more. I will saythat all the cast is largely unknown, and still showed a lot ofpromise.
All in all, Southbound would appeal to fans of more "artistic" Horrorfilms. It's unusual and quite unique, leaving the audience with anuneasy sense of bewilderment. While not my preferable sub- genre, I wasvery impressed with it and enjoyed it to the last second.