Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 2000’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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Southbound is a horror anthology film with a level of production quality we haven’t seen in a while. The creators of V/H/S raised the bar higher than before and Southbound is the end product. Things start scary, tense and heavy but shift two gears down by the time the first segment starts to let us breath. In fact, we get some kind of a wraparound story and three segments in between.
The wraparound segment is one story split in the middle. The other ones are somewhat tied together. One ends where another one starts. Story zero is about two men running from the reaper. Story one is about three women invited to a strange supper. Story two is about a man who attempts to save the life of a woman he ran over with this car. Story three is about a man looking for his missing sister.
The screenwriters and directors of this film took a lot of interesting decisions that are rarely intuitive. As an example, all segments rely on each other to feel like complete stories. Considering this challenge, it feels like communication flowed well between the different teams on paper and on set. There isn’t an obvious shift in tone from one segment to another. A lot of talent went into this.