Like episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE that a baked Rod Serling might have written after watching CARNIVAL OF SOULS, these chapters are eerie to the extreme, and seedy enough to make you feel like you're watching something you were never meant to see. It gets under your skin because it knows there's nothing scarier than realizing that — no matter how far you drive — the evil in your rearview mirror is always closer than it appears.
David Ehrlich, ROLLING STONE
One of the smartest and scariest movies in recent memory.
Richard Roeper, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Its five segments do what they're supposed to do — unsettle you — but as a bonus, they also leave you wanting more. These are fragments more than complete stories, and the incompleteness is its own kind of creepiness. The filmmakers aren’t after tidy tales, neatly connected and concluded. They know that the human mind finds loose ends unnerving.
Neil Genzlinger, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Those who pay close attention will probably savor SOUTHBOUND the most when all is said and done. Let’s just leave it at that. Not only are each of the tales well-crafted and effective in their own right, but also in that each tale seems to complement the others remarkably well. By the time you hit the end credits, you may be tempted to run through the movie one more time — which makes SOUTHBOUND one of the most impressive of all the recent scary tale anthologies.
Scott Weinberg, THE HORROR SHOW
Exceedingly well-crafted. A trip well worth taking.
Michael Gingold, FANGORIA
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).
Alison Willmore, BUZZFEED
Tons of fun. A chilling, thrill-seeking blast.
Matt Donato, WE GOT THIS COVERED
A horror version of PULP FICTION that tears down the road unapologetically and offers up unique stories and even more unique visuals... Downright genius horror.
Ambush Bug, AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
Original, clever and a whole lot of fun.
Nick Castle, DIR. THE LAST STARFIGHTER
Five unsettling segments that complement each other in a fashion unprecedented in pretty much any anthology I’ve ever seen before... Add to this its skill at upending the audience’s every expectation at every corner, its heavy doses of humor and hearty helpings of agonizing gore and here we have a virtually stainless compendium of creepiness on our hands. Ultimately, it begs for a second helping to spot those missing links you definitely maybe missed the first time round.
Howard Gorman, SHOCK TILL YOU DROP
The horror anthology genre gets a shot in the arm…an uncommonly cohesive and intelligent example of the form.
Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
The purest old-school horror show I've seen in ages. John Carpenter, George Romero, and the Cryptkeeper would approve.
Andrew Parker, TORONTO FILM SCENE
Reminded me of CREEPSHOW in its twisted sense of humor and unpredictability. That's a major compliment.
Brian Tallerico, ROGEREBERT.COM
One hell of a meal, a smorgasbord of laughs, scares, and imagery that will linger in your nightmares.
Mike McCutchen, AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
TWILIGHT ZONE for the indie horror generation.
Todd Brown, TWITCH
SOUTHBOUND packs a punch.
Soren Anderson, SEATTLE TIMES
This anthology of five horror tales is the rare group effort without a dud, as it cruises through variations on the genre with style and confidence.
Nicolas Rapold, FILM COMMENT
It’s truly extraordinary how everything comes together. SOUTHBOUND is bloody imaginative and horrifically linked to jaw mutilating and bone crushing results.
Chris Sawin, EXAMINER.COM
Perfectly timed jumpscares, impressive gore shots for the splatterhounds, eerie atmospheres that seem like something from a collectively shared nightmare, and innovative twists on classic horror tropes make this a special film that's worth revisiting. A sun bleached TWILIGHT ZONE...the makers of Southbound have seemingly done the impossible by delivering the best horror anthology film since CREEPSHOW.
Neurotic Monkey, TINY MIX TAPES
A work of velocity, a movie that drags us across the most nightmarish of Möbius strips.
Andy Crump, PASTE
It immediately joins the ranks of TRICK ‘R TREAT as a modern must-see.
Joel Wicklund, CHICAGOIST
That rarest of creatures: a satisfying horror anthology film. TWILIGHT ZONE for the modern era.
Sherilyn Connelly, SF WEEKLY
If THE TWILIGHT ZONE and TALES FROM THE CRYPT had a baby, it would look something like SOUTHBOUND. Without a dud in the bunch, Southbound offers a hearty serving of the creeps from start to finish, all taking place around a ghoulish stretch of road that’s worth revisiting again and again.
Josh Goller, SPECTRUM CULTURE
The first great horror flick of 2016.
Bub Smith, SLACK JAW PUNKS
Potential to live on as a midnight horror picture, spinning horror tales with classic themes of personal demons and comeuppance, all helped by the creepy atmosphere, and wonderful narration by Larry Fessenden.
Felix Vasquez, CINEMA CRAZED
The David Wong-esque soured Americana with madness, devils and tentacles lurking underneath the surface.
Jonathan Hatfull, SCI-FI NOW
Demented, weird and occasionally hilarious. Very compelling stuff.
Jack Pooley, WHAT CULTURE
Brilliant. Beautifully sandy and gritty.
Louise Blaine, TOTAL FILM
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.
Jason Anderson, TORONTO STAR
Imagining TWILIGHT ZONE-esque scenarios that terrify on a psychological and existential level, SOUTHBOUND takes viewers on a cerebral metaphysical journey down a stretch of highway that, despite being recognizably located in the American Southwest, is in all other respects otherworldly and alien.
Wil Barlow, DIABOLIQUE
The best horror anthology to come out since TRICK 'R TREAT.
C.J. Prince, WAY TOO INDIE
A lean, mean wonder ride into the dark corners of a vicious universe.
Evrim Ersoy, FANTASTIC FEST
A gritty ride along the lines of a grind house film…I wish I had seen it at the drive-in as this is the perfect film for that kind of throw-back fun!
Vique Rojas, AZ FAMILY
Rooted in primal nightmares, never resorting to cheap scares to deliver a harrowing experience that's as psychologically scary as it is emotional. Expertly acted and vividly brought to life, this is a maddening descent into darkness that’s just too good to pass up.
SALG, CHROME YELLOW
Sets the bar for what modern day horror anthologies should look like. 4.5/5 stars.
Kalyn Corrigan, DAILY DEAD
An entertaining white-knuckle ride down one seriously-twisted stretch of desert highway.
Patrick Smith, DAILY GRINDHOUSE
Genuinely intense. 4/5 stars.
HORROR FREAK NEWS
These are beautifully made sequences and ones that are as stimulating thematically as they are genuinely unsettling… Very distinct, very original and very enthralling… Simply put, this film is an absolute marvel.
Joshua Bunsting, CRITERION CAST
(A) gory, frequently strange, and appropriately nightmare-ish anthology from extremely talented genre filmmakers…ranks right up there with the best of its kind.
Paul Doro, WICKED HORROR
Sean Kelly, SEANKELLYONMOVIES.COM
A well acted, beautifully shot, and cohesive journey into a hellish landscape of nightmares and agony.
Jason McDonald, HORROR-MOVIES.CA
You'll be amused, horrified, revolted and thrilled.
Luke Y. Thompson, THE ROBOT'S VOICE
Menacing-dark atmosphere, sometimes nasty humor, and a truly dizzying final punch far more than the sum of its parts.
FANTASY FILM FEST
A twisted contemporary spin on the EC Comics tradition.
Katie Rife, AV CLUB
Succeeds superbly. 9/10.
Torsten Dewi, WORTVOGEL.DE
An exciting compendium...cunningly integrates all the pieces of the puzzle. Aesthetically astounding, boasting buckets of blood, the Gifted's sinister score...and most importantly, not a dud segment in sight. We might just have the anthology of the year on our hands already.
Howard Gorman, SHOCK TILL YOU DROP
Wildly inventive and genuinely surprising, this is a film sure to deliver for genre fans seeking out something fresh.
Chris Evangelista, CUT PRINT FILM
Delectable gore and gross out moments along with a healthy dose of comedy to make it go down smooth.