SOUTH­BOUND

Road kills

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | 18 | Blu-ray/dVd Di­rec­tors ra­dio si­lence, rox­anne Ben­jamin, david Bruck­ner, Pa­trick Hor­vath Cast Kate Bea­han, Matt Bet­tinelli-Olpin, su­san Burke

Five sto­ries, one de­serted high­way… But not that de­serted or we wouldn’t have this hor­ror an­thol­ogy, whose nov­elty is that the tales are in­ter­con­nected – some­times clev­erly, some­times less so. Steer clear if you dis­like night shoots or a some­times un­clear nar­ra­tive.

We start with “The Way Out”, in which two thugs are caught up in a Twi­light Zone-type sce­nario in­volv­ing a road­side cafe that just won’t go away. The high­light: mon­sters that are like scarier ver­sions of the Reapers from Doc­tor Who’s “Fa­ther’s Day”. “Siren” fol­lows a fa­mil­iar pat­tern – three girls in a van break down and are taken in by a weird couple – but is en­ter­tain­ing enough.

“The Accident” is the pick, a tense and un­usual story of a driver, an in­jured girl and a mo­bile phone that may or may not be con­nected to med­i­cal ser­vices. It just goes on a tad too long. Res­cue yarn “Jail­break” doesn’t amount to much, and, fi­nally, “The Way In” is lit­tle more than a nasty route back to the first story. South­bound’s cir­cu­lar na­ture thus in­vites a re­watch, but you may be able to re­sist mak­ing the whole jour­ney again.

Ex­tras Com­men­tary by all the di­rec­tors. Rus­sell Lewin

Keep ’em peeled for the film show­ing on a tele­vi­sion in the cafe early on: it’s cult 1962 hor­ror Car­ni­val Of Souls.

She only wanted her ear sy­ringed.

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