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Southbound (2015)

R | | Horror | 9 February 2016 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Villella ... Mitch
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin ... Jack
Kristina Pesic ... Sutter
Fabianne Therese ... Sadie
Nathalie Love ... Kim
Hannah Marks ... Ava
Dana Gould ... Raymond Kensington
Anessa Ramsey ... Bunny Kensington / Phone Operator
Susan Burke ... Betty
Davey Johnson ... Dale
Mather Zickel ... Lucas
Karla Droege ... EMT
Zoe Cooper ... Dispatch
Justin Welborn ... Surgeon
David Yow ... Danny


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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No matter which road you choose, it's all going south.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence, language throughout and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The characters Shane, Cait, Jem & Daryl are named after members of The Pogues (Shane MacGowan, Cait O'Riordan, Jem Finer and Darryl Hunt). See more »


Sutter: Rough night?
Jack: Yeah.
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References In the Mouth of Madness (1995) See more »


It's a Mess
Written by Ryan Perras & Peter Niven
Performed by The Atom Age
Courtesy of Asian Man Records
(Plays during the end credits)
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User Reviews

Inventive and unique
11 February 2016 | by vasilnSee all my reviews

Southbound does three things well.

First, it has some genuinely new stories to tell. That's not typical for 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 to stereotype. The quality of the writing, direction, and acting shine.

Finally, each of Southbound's authors know to leave enough unsaid. Each chapter suggests a world of back story, but there's no spoon anywhere in sight. Which is particularly important for horror, where what is made explicit can never approach the creepiness that is only imaginable.

What does it do wrong? Well, the effects can be shoddy, and there are a few scenes designed around an effect, rather than the effect crafted to the vision, leaving those scenes wooden. But that's all, and for each awkward bit of gore, there are two or three masterfully directed scenes to compensate.

Southbound is a seriously enjoyable horror flick. See it when you can.

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,250, 7 February 2016

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2.35 : 1
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