Runtime: 1h 29m
Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Patrick Horvath, Justin Martinez, Chad Villella
Writers: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Roxanne Benjamin, Susan Burke, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath,
Dallas Richard Hallam
Stars: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic
“Look at us, look at them. We’re the weirdos.”
Initial: Over the years, I had heard quite a bit about this anthology film.
Production Notes: Filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella have worked together numerous times, known as Radio Silence and Chad, Matt & Rob. Last year, I watched and enjoyed Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett’s Ready or Not.
What Did I Think:
I haven’t watched this group of creator’s other anthology film, V/H/S, but I might have to put it on a future list.
There are two ways that an anthology film can go: very separate stories that are loosely held together with a clear wrap-around or the stories can intersect in some manner. Obviously, the second is harder to do, especially if the filmmakers involved have different styles. Southbound weaves the stories together and, for the most part, is pretty successful at creating a cohesive world while still giving individual segments their own style.
The first and last segments are the most connected. We start with two guys in a Ford truck on the run from some nefarious business they’ve been involved in…and also some weird black death angels. The fifth segment is the reason they’re heading “southbound.”
The second segment is a fairly bland creepy-white-people tale. Three girls in a band get a flat and are “rescued” by some suburban weirdos.
My favorite of the stories is the third segment, “The Accident,” written and directed by David Bruckner. Very visceral and, honestly, I had no idea where the story was going. This story also had a notably different look from the rest of the film.
The fourth segment was my second favorite. Danny is in town looking for his sister. There is an extra bit of mysticism and world-building in this story that reminded me slightly of Nightbreed (1990).
Off-Theme Horn Toot
“S” is also for the Sorrowful Seamstress. The Case of the Sorrowful Seamstress is the first in my series of One Ahead mysteries. This series features David Abbott, a magician and skeptic in early 20th century Omaha. The Case of the Sorrowful Seamstress is available at Amazon and is free is you have the Kindle Unlimited service.