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Southbound (2016)



Critic Consensus: Southbound doesn't entirely avoid the jarring shifts common to anthology films, but thanks to some thrilling twists and turns, this horror road movie is a surprisingly smooth ride.

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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 these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road..

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Tallulah Mounce
as Katherine
Dana Gould
as Raymond
David Yow
as Danny
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Critic Reviews for Southbound

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (17)

Abstract and eerily incomplete, Southbound unfolds in a place where Marienbad heads south to the Twilight Zone and Dead End, and where moral failings collide with macabre consequences.

August 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Southbound delivers more than its fair share of pulpy, grisly thrills with its quintet of creepy tales set on a suitably desolate stretch of highway.

March 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Most anthology films have ups and downs. It's almost inevitable. Southbound is more even and has more connective tissue than most, but it does feature one segment that singlehandedly justifies seeing the whole movie.

March 4, 2016 | Rating: 4/5

What makes Southbound stand out is how all-round solid it is, its scary segments joined by a setting (driving through the desert) and a theme (guilt).

March 4, 2016

Southbound strives for unity and mostly succeeds.

February 29, 2016 | Full Review…

"Southbound" packs a punch.

February 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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Modern Day Southern Gothic Highway-Based is a very specific theme for a Horror Anthology to tackle, and while none of the segments are bad, none of them stand out as particularly good either.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

Atmospheric and amusing. A few jump scares, but it's primarily focused on creating a foreboding mood. Wish the stories were a little better tied together, but they're not unbearably distant. The setting of desert as a gateway to Hell is a great underused convention in horror. Fun late night flick, perfect if you're watching it in a quiet motel in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer


"I can't see anything!" "There's nothing to see." Surreal, enigmatic and incredibly eerie and uncomfortable set of tangentially connected horror films, that resemble the short stories of Stephen King in tone and content (specifically, those found in Everything's Eventual). The way some of them feel incomplete is perversely one of the film's many strengths. More please.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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