A series of bad events occur to a number of varyingly bad people, all linked by a buzzard-studded strip of lonely desert highway. Indie horror guru Larry Fessenden can be heard as a suspiciously velvet-toned radio DJ, which should hint at the bad mojo going down. Horror anthologies can generally be counted on to contain a whiff or two, but this taut effort—from some of the folks behind the V/H/S series—boasts an admirably high success rate, with each of its five segments generating some clever moments of just-plain-wrongness, including a terminal case of dèjá vu, one seriously botched home invasion, and what happens when a van full of plucky riot grrrls meets up with a hilariously blasé coven. MVP honors, though, go to director David Bruckner’s brilliant centerpiece segment, a cautionary tale about proper cell phone usage and impromptu surgical techniques that plumbs some remarkably icky depths. Throw in a demonic bar and grill, Dana Gould as a sweater-wearing Satanist and some pretty unnerving skeleton squid thingies, and you’ve got yourself a party. Gah, those skeleton squid thingies.
Director: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence
Producer: Brad Miska, Roxanne Benjamin, Chris Harding, Radio Silence, Greg Newman, Malik B. Ali, Badie Ali, Hamza Ali, David Smith and Christopher Alender
Cast: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese, Nathalie Love, Dana Gould, Anessa Ramsey, Susan Burke, Davey Johnson, Mather Zickel, Karla Droege, Zoe Cooper, Justin Welborn, David Yow, Tipper Newton, Matt Peters, Maria Olsen, Tyler Tuione, Kate Beahan, Gerald Downey, Hassie Harrison and Larry Fessenden