Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79% (Critics) / 78% (Audience)
Directed By: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, and Radio Silence
Written By: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Susan Burke, and Dallas Hallam
Starring: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic
Studio: The Orchard
Synopsis: Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travelers who confront their worst nightmares – and darkest secrets – over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. – (Source)
The final segment is a very tense and thrilling home invasion tale with a twist that at the end ties directly inot one of the earlier segments and serves to make that segment much better than it would have been on its own.
I understand the desire to link all of the segments in this film together but that interlocking never quite works for the majority of the separate segments. Aside from the final segment that I enjoyed the rest of them all were murky with a tendency to meander when they should have been doing something…anything to keep the proceedings from seeming so blah.
Spending what felt like an eternity watching a guy get amateur emergency surgery instructions from a couple of OnStar phone operators was not my idea of a fun time. I don’t get how anyone could have thought those scenes were enjoyably tense because all they did was annoy the heck out of me.
Final Verdict: SOUTHBOUND is another in the line of recent anthology horror films that gives it the old college try with ideas that have some potential but overall never quite delivers in all of its five segments. In terms that horror aficionados would understand…this movie is more V/H/S VIRAL than V/H/S 2.