Horror anthologies are going through quite the renaissance lately, and a welcome one at that. Horror anthologies have a great history in the genre from great theatrical films like Creepshow and Trilogy of Terror to more recent titles like the V/H/S series, The ABC’s of Death and Trick r’ Treat. There are a few hotly anticipated ones still to come as well like Tales of Halloween and XX. One film to come out recently that gained some great reviews was Southbound, available now on DVD.
Southbound follows five stories all involving a desolate stretch of desert highway over the course of one never-ending day. The first story involves two friends on the run from strange enigmatic floating creatures. Seemingly unable to leave an isolated gas station, the two men must confront their past actions in order to understand what the creatures want from them.
The second story follows a group of girls in a rock band traveling to a gig when their vehicle breaks down and they seek help at a local home occupied by a friendly but strange couple. But all is not seems at the house as the girls fall prey to the mysterious goings on.
Story three concerns a man who accidentally hits a woman in the road with his car. When he takes the unconscious woman to a nearby hospital he finds the place abandoned as a strange voice on the phone at 911 instructs him how to operate on the girl in order to save her life.
Story four is about a man trying to find his sister who has been missing for ten years but upon finding her discovers she has been in a self imposed purgatory and has no intention of leaving.
And finally story five sees a family held hostage in their home by two masked men who seem to be out for some sort of revenge.
Southbound is a very interesting horror anthology in that it puts much more work than the average anthology into making their stories connected in a very complex and well laid out way. The cast in all the stories is very good, actually much better than the average low budget horror flick. But it is the strange desert setting and the interesting interconnectivity that really make Southbound stand out. For something a little different Southbound is highly recommended.