The ABCs of Death is an anthology comprised of twenty-six vile, disgusting, hilarious, sometimes fantastic, and other times forgettable horror shorts. Individual directors each paired a letter of the alphabet with a way someone can die, and every possible option was on the table, no matter how offensive or gory.
Predictably, the results are equal to the imaginations and skills of each director. Some episodes look gorgeous with innovative, shocking and exciting ideas executed beautifully. Others are simple and clean, and work just right. Then there are films that don’t do much with their concept and lay there. Along the way, the constant excitement and anticipation of which filmmaker is next and what their death might be provides a worthy propulsive energy in the absence of a narrative. But when one of the films lays an egg, it hurts everyone else around it.
The ABC’s of Death hits VOD January 31 and theaters March 8, but it just screened at the AFI Fest Presented by Audi. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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The horror anthology is alive and ready for round two. V/H/S 2, a sequel to this year’s horror hit V/H/S, has just been announced. The film will retain the same producing team (including the people behind Bloody Disgusting) and at least one of the original directors (You’re Next director Adam Wingard), but most of the creative roster is brand new.
At the top of the new list is Gareth Evans, the director of The Raid, who’ll co-direct a segment with Timo Tjahjanto. Also directing for the film is Eduardo Sanchez, a co-director of The Blair Witch Project, who’ll co-direct his V/H/S segment with producing partner Gregg Hale. They’re joined by Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun) and Simon Barrett, Wingard’s writing partner who’ll be making his directorial debut. Read more after the jump. Read More »
It’s a good week to be Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard. The writer/director combo who’ve collaborated on A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next and sections of V/H/S and The ABC’s of Death got a release date for their latest feature, have another film hitting theaters soon, a third playing the Toronto International Film Festival. Now they’ve booked a studio gig at Warner Bros.
They’re the latest people attached to the adaptation of the novel Dead Spy Running by Jon Stock, a modern spy thriller modified to be about an international DJ, framed for the murder of his secret agent father, who goes on the run with a beautiful spy at his side. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next is one of those horror movies with potential to change the genre. At least, that was the sentiment coming out of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where the film premiered. After a heated bidding war, Lionsgate acquired the festival hit and subsequently shut it down, limiting it to just one additional festival screening at Fantastic Fest 2011. We were there and loved it. The rumor was it would be released in October 2012 which, obviously, isn’t happening.
Wingard and his writer Simon Barrett have since gone on to other things (V/H/S, The ABCs of Death) mostly unaware of what was going on with their completed home invasion horror story. Now, finally, Lionsgate has scheduled the film: August 23, 2013. It’s a long way off, but it’s also a prime late summer slot where horror movies can really shine.
Read more, including Wingard’s comments about a possible sequel, after the jump. Read More »
Horror movies are a dime a dozen. Good ones are much more valuable, and a good one just hit VOD today. It’s called V/H/S, and is an anthology film featuring creepy, gory segments from filmmakers Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead), Radio Silence, David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs)and Ti West (The Innkeepers).
The premise is simple. A group of criminals are hired to break into a house and steal a secret VHS tape. Not knowing which specific tape is their target, they pop in several and are subjected to some seriously scary shit. Peter and I saw the film at Sundance, loved it, and now you can enjoy it on demand. Or, if you prefer, wait until it hits theaters October 5.
Either way, after the jump, we have an awesome 5-minute featurette on the making of the film. Read More »
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The horror anthology film V/H/S teams up a good handful of film talents: Radio Silence, Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Simon Barrett(You’re Next, Dead Birds), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), with each of the group contributing a creepy low-fi horror story to the collection.
We’ve seen one red-band trailer for the film, which showed off a good bit of violence, but now there is a more tame green-band trailer. It’s still edges towards the intense side of the trailer tone spectrum, but it probably won’t get you fired if you sneak a look at work. Read More »
The horror anthology is making a comeback, and at Sundance this year a five-story film called V/H/S scared the crap out of many viewers. (Including Peter.) Combining the talents of of Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), V/H/S uses a wraparound story to frame several low-fi tales of horror.
Now a red-band trailer has been released, and it gives a great impression of what festival audiences have been seeing for the past few months. There’s some weird stuff in here.
This is a real red-band trailer, with blood, language and nudity, and probably what people who’ve seen the film would call spoilers as well. But not having seen V/H/S, it’s difficult to put all these images into context, and it doesn’t feel like it is showing too much. Read More »
V/H/S is the return of the horror anthology film. The subgenre used to be a very regular thing during the 1970’s and 1980’s thanks to films like Tales from the Darkside, Creepshow and Dead of Night, but has dropped out of the mainstream in recent years. (Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat being the latest anthology of note.) BloodyDisgusting head Brad Miska came up with a novel way to bring back the anthology concept — mashing it with the found footage subgenre. (Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, etc.)
This might sound questionable on paper, but the result is genius.
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Though Fantastic Fest still has three days left packed with movies, the best of the best have been revealed. Monday night, the awards for the best films, actors, writers and directors of the festival were announced in several different categories. Some of the winners are films I’ve already reviewed and loved. The Audience Award went to A Boy and His Samurai by Yoshihiro Nakamura, the AMD Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition winner was Bullhead directed by Michael R. Roskam (review coming soon) and You’re Next by Adam Wingard swept nearly all the horror awards. Read all the winners after the jump. Read More »