Southbound (2015) Movie Review

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Southbound (2015)

2015 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
89 minutes / 1h 29min

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Southbound Plot Synopsis:

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.

Southbound (2015) Review

Southbound (2015) is an American science fiction thriller horror movie that is 89 minutes and is comprised of five stories that interlock. It was brilliant to make these short stories different from each other but also work cohesively. Directors Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, and Radio Silence did a fabulous job executing this movie that shows that had an excellent plan and wonderful design. I am not a fan of horror anthologies, but I am slowly becoming a fan as there is a handful that I will like to watch again including this movie. The Accident was my favorite segment, but all of the segments was an enjoyable watch. I truly love the twist on the wraparound and the way each segment flowed into the next was ingenious and done seamlessly. It was a little hard to tell where one segment ended and where the other one began.

Southbound revolves around people trying to escape sin and regret as they run into an isolated part of the country where the towns are over 50 miles away from each other, and there is no GPS or cell signal. Below is a brief summary of the five short stories that every horror fans should see.

The Way In - Directed by Radio Silence

The Way revolves around two guilt driven men who think they can outrun their past by driving through the middle of a desert to; watch the segment. They see black creatures with tentacles floating in the air chasing them which shows that they are not only running from their ill deeds. The guys stopped for fuel and hoped to revive a little but did not get much time to do so as a pretty girl by the name of Sutter told the guys that they are only characters in a scripted story. She told them that they are chained to their fate and cannot do anything about or run from it because there is no escaping. The segment went on to showing the two men trying to escape from the gas station but kept on driving away only to return to the gas station repeatedly. What happens next is for you to discover but is a segment that should not be missed.

Siren - Directed by Roxanne Benjamin

Siren is about an all-girl band who made the wrong choice one day after their van broke down by accepting a ride from people that they should have stayed away from. The group of ladies is fierce as they fight with the devil to save themselves. There is a major twist in this segment that most likely will not be foreseen. Will the girls win the battle or lose and become Satan ’s slaves. Will of the girls survive, one or none of the girls? It was an entertaining, creepy movie that shows females battling Satan instead of males.

Accident - Directed by David Bruckner

Accident is the best segment when it comes to choosing between the five segment in this anthology because it was unique with an entertaining plot line. The segment is told from the perspective of a man that was calling his wife late at night while heading home. Everything was going well until someone that survived the last segment ran in front of his car resulting in the man choosing to save her or not. He is the only person for several miles around that can help her, and he does not know that he is being tested to see how far he will to make his wrongs, right and earn redemption. This segment was creepy in a wicked way, disturbing, deceiving, and showed us how that people may commit sins unintentionally, but hell will be waiting for them regardless if it was intentional or unintentional.

Jailbreak - Directed by Patrick Howarth

Jailbreak is about a man that is looking for his sister and is determined to find her even if he has to search everywhere. He traveled to the middle of nowhere and were seen kicking a bar door open as he enters shotgun first and does not hesitate to shoot every monster in the bar to find his sister. The guy is finally reunited with his sister, but his sister does not want to leave with him. This segment portrays and shows us that people might become prisoners by their loved ones because of the lives their loved ones chose for them.
It also shows that people can force someone to bend to their will, but you have to accept people for who they are.

The Way Out - Directed by Radio Silence

The Way Out loops back to the first wrap-around segment where we see where the two men got their blood stains/sins from and what they are trying so hard to escape. The faith that these men were given or earned was self-destruction, and it is inescapable. It portrays that living a sinful life will catch up to you sooner or later, and there might not be any forgiveness.

Overall, Southbound was a very entertaining movie that was not hard to follow and did not leave me without answers. This is by far one of the best horror anthologies I have seen and encourage all horror fans to watch Southbound as soon as possible because it is a treat that cannot be missed. The movie/segments did not consist of many characters, but each main character had their story and battle that made it all the more interesting.

  • Southbound Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.60
  • IMDB: 5.9
  • MetaCritic: 5.8

About Southbound 2015

Title: Southbound
Year: 2015
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 13,629 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13,629
MPAA Rating: R
Southbound Cast Starring: Larry Fessenden, Maria Olsen, Justin Welborn, Fabianne Therese, Anessa Ramsey, Karla Droege, Gerald Downey, Hannah Marks, Roxanne Benjamin, Tipper Newton, Kate Beahan, David Yow, Dana Gould, Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Damion Stephens, Mark Rossignol, Susan Burke, Brad Miska, Zoe Cooper, B.J. Farmer, Matt Unsworth, Hassie Harrison, John Walker, Davey Johnson, Thom Newell, Nathalie Love, Joe Spampinato, Art L. Cortez, Matt Peters
Southbound Writers: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Roxanne Benjamin, Susan Burke
Southbound Director: Patrick Horvath, David Bruckner, Radio Silence, Roxanne Benjamin
Language: English
Country: USA