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Fans of the V/H/S series may recall seeing the credit Radio Silence and wondering what, who, how...? Well, as it turns out, Radio Silence is not a Daft Punk type filmmaking robot collective, but a team of four directors who adopted the moniker in the face of a last-minute decision prior to that film's first screening.
What with the inferior “V/H/S Viral” having possibly run that hitherto enjoyable franchise aground, some “V/H/S” alumni plus a few newcomers try a different direction with “Southbound.” This entertaining-enough quartet of loosely interwoven terror tales falls right into the middle ground of horror omnibuses, with no outright duds but no truly memorable (or scary) segments either. Pic opens Feb. 5 in New York and Los Angeles, with another 30 or so theatrical rollouts currently booked after its VOD launch on Feb. 9; it should do well with genre fans in various formats.
The primary link among these suspense stories is that they all happen on or near a desolate stretch of desert road. (There’s also a minor connective thread in the audio-only form of Larry Fessenden channeling Wolfman Jack as a regional broadcast DJ.) In the Radio Silence troupe’s wraparound, “The Way Out/The Way In,” two »
- Dennis Harvey
Update, 8:30 Pm: After cease and desist letters from the Sheriff, threats to arrest pilots and an upcoming court hearing set for Monday, the high-flying and high-priced chopper rides to the Sundance Film Festival are now over. Today, both Uber and Blade have grounded the helicopters that they were offering festgoers a quick ride in and out Park City on. “We are not flying,” a Blade spokesperson said Saturday. On Friday, Sheriff Justin Martinez wrote to both transportation… »
3 items from 2016
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