The horror anthology The ABCs of Death, inspired in part by early kids’ books and bearing a real resemblance to Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies, is a who’s-who of current horror and genre stars and up and comers. The film will be divided into twenty-six segments in which a letter of the alphabet corresponds to a method of death. The segments will be short, but given that they’ll be directed by people like Nacho Vigalondo, Jason Eisener, Noburo Iguchi and many more, they might pack a punch.

Two more directors were added to the list today, bringing the total number of signees to twenty-five. Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), Hitman) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Triangle, Black Death) are now on the roster. Details of a contest to choose the final director are after the break. Read More »

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The horror anthology is really coming back, and if things work out well Drafthouse Films, with Timpson Films and Magnet,  might be right at the forefront of the mini-trend with a new project called The ABCs of Death. This is a massive anthology inspired by kids ABC books, in which twenty-five directors and one contest winner will each “be assigned a letter from the alphabet that represents a word to act as a springboard for a short. It will be up to each filmmaker to interpret, from accidental deaths to murders committed in cold blood.”

In other words, this might be a bit like Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies. But with directors like Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film) making the shorts, it could get a lot crazier than that. The full director list and a cute teaser poster is after the break. Read More »

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Lucky McKee‘s May is, not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best horror films of the last decade. Angela Bettis starred in the title role, a lonely young lady who is moved to extreme measures in her search for a friend. Bettis and McKee later reteamed on the Masters of Horror episode Sick Girl and the short film Blue Like You, as well as in inverted roles when Bettis directed McKee in Roman. Furthermore, McKee’s failure to secure Bettis a role seems to have played a part in his rescinding directorship of the adaptation of Jack Ketchum‘s Red during production.

Those of us waiting for the beautiful alchemy of McKee, Bettis and Jack Ketchum to make its way to the big screen in an unadulterated form have just received some great news as they’re all lined up to collaborate on Offspring: The Woman, a sequel to last year’s Offspring. That film was written by Ketchum from his own book and part two has been penned by McKee and Ketchum together as both a screenplay and novel.

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