I think horror films are finally starting to get interesting again. Although it’s slow, these films are starting to move away from the torture porn side of scaring audiences, with recent films in the genre being genuinely creepy and frightening thanks to some clever ideas and experimentation.
The ABC’s of death was one such experiment from last year, a film which saw 26 directors craft a very short feature based on the alphabet. Each director had a word, but the 26th director himself was an unknown that was chosen specially for the movie. A sequel is on the way now, and much like last year, that 26th director could be…you! You can’t see it, but I’m totally pointing at your right now.
The ABC’s of Death 2 has already got some talent attached to the flick. Directors such as Rodney “Room 237” Ascher, Vincenzo “Splice” Natali and Bill “Day of the beast” Plympton are part of the 25 helmers who’ll be spinning out some new tales. And this year, it won’t just be horror mavens working on the flick. Here’s the full press release detailing that shift:
In a significant departure from the first installment, ABCs OF DEATH 2 is expanding beyond horror directors. Joining the sequel’s roster are Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM); Canada’s king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (MANBORG); Cuba’s Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD); acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking; Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata(HENGE); and Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS).
Previously confirmed filmmakers include Goya Award winner Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST), ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher, Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE), Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte andBruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES), Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB), SPLICE and CUBE’s Vincenzo Natali, indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT), THE COLLECTION’s Marcus Dunstan, France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID), E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska(AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES), A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey, Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY), the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen, THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and the upcoming STAGEFRIGHT’s Jerome Sable, and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEAH.
Fancy yourself as director 26? Well here’s the video explaining how to enter:
I quite dug the ABC’s of horror. It was brutal, weird and downright disturbing at times. Worth a watch, if you’re a fan of the genre.
Last Updated: August 15, 2013