The new horror anthology Southbound features a clutch of hell-ish, interconnected tales which take place on and around a desert highway. Made by many of the same folks who were responsible for 2012’s V/H/S, the film’s segments were directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner (2007’s The Signal), Patrick Horvath (Entrance), and the filmmaking cooperative Radio Silence.
“We stay in touch with (V/H/S producer) Brad MIska, he’s actually a good friend of ours,” Radio Silence member Chad Villella told EW, shortly before Southbound premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. “He was like, ‘I have an idea to do another anthology movie.’ His idea was originally called Subgenre. He wanted each director to take a different subgenre and make the movie that way. We ended up being like, ‘Well, how about we come up with a cohesive storyline and connect it throughout?’ We worked with Brad on developing the story to what eventually became Southbound.”
Villella also stars in the film and had vivid memories of the movie’s sun-blasted production. “We shot in the middle of this valley out in the southern Mojave [Desert] and, yeah, it was hot,” he said. “On top of that, our wardrobe person had me in a leather jacket. I’m like, ‘I’m sweating balls right now!’ I was so hot.”
Southbound opens in cinemas, Feb. 5, and will be available to watch on VOD and via iTunes, Feb. 9. But you can watch the film’s opening (expletives-featuring) seven minutes below, as well as the movie’s trailer.