EW has debuted the poster art for my latest venture into producing, Southbound, which will be getting a limited theatrical run on February 5th before heading to VOD just a few days later on February 9th.
The movie, set for release through The Orchard, includes stories directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence, several of whom were involved in our V/H/S films.
The one-sheet is on point teasing the five intertwining tales of terror unfold along an endless desert highway. All rounds lead south.
In Southbound, “On a desolate stretch of road, weary travelers — two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation — are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.”
The film is being compared to “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits” while also drawing similarities to EC Comics morality plays.
Roxanne Benjamin, who produced the film with me, and directed one of the segments, talked a bit about doing something different with the anthology subgenre:
“After producing a couple of anthologies, and seeing a bunch more come out in the past few years, Southbound was an attempt to make the anthology format feel interesting and new again,” Benjamin explained to EW. “We wanted to make a film that felt more cohesive, and unified, that ideally you wouldn’t know had multiple directors by watching it. We wanted it to feel like one world, from different viewpoints, that shifted seamlessly between the different storylines like a traditional narrative. It also came together through wanting to work with these guys again, and all of us being drawn to this idea of the desolation of the open road, and long road trips leading to intense self-examination and reflectiveness. Basically it’s an emotional existential crisis horror movie. Ha!”
The lineup of Southbound directors features Bruckner, Radio Silence, Patrick Horvath (‘Entrance,’ ‘The Pact II’), and Benjamin herself who oversaw a segment titled “Siren.”
“All of our stories deal with guilt in some way, and karmic retribution,” she says. “ ‘Siren’ follows three girls in a tour van getting in over their heads, but it’s the lead singer’s past actions that really drive the personal horror that they’re all experiencing.”
Do you guys like the poster?