I can’t quite muster the same enthusiasm as everyone else for “Southbound” (2015) — I’d give it a 7 out of 10. Yes, it’s clever how the five interlocking tales of this horror anthology are finally shown to weave together at the end (and it nicely parallels the equally clever movie poster below).
But the tales themselves were sometimes a little difficult to follow, with too little exposition. One seemed incoherent. And … exactly what was the role of the woman we see using the pay telephone?
It does have a few things going for it. The tone is right — it’s a definitely a serious horror anthology for adults, with no camp and no gratuitous gags.
This movie was largely saved for me by the flying baddies to which we are introduced in the first entry. (I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler, since we see them assailing us in the film’s trailer.) They’re entirely originally, artfully grotesque, and possibly nightmare inducing. You know what would have been an amazing movie? A well-scripted horror-mystery in the same vein as “The Ring” (2002) or “The Grudge” (2004), focusing entirely on these antagonists. Or maybe a supernatural desert-chase survival-horror movie. I’d watch that.