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 »

The whole tongue-in-cheek, gory, B-movie grindhouse thing is so played out these days. How many ways can you film the explosion of the human head or the mutilation of a body part, really? Before Hobo With A Shotgun, I would have said there was some sort of ceiling to that kind of carnage. But co-writer and director Jason Eisener has come up with so many new, creative ways to destroy the human body (and insane dialogue to go along with it) that, I dare say, he’s taken the tongue-in-cheek, gory, B-movie grindhouse thing to a whole new level. Hobo With A Shotgun is so incredibly over the top with its excess, fans of this genre are going to be bowing to it. Read More »

Hobo With a Shotgun started life as a  trailer for a grindhouse film that didn’t exist, and writer/director Jason Eisener spent much of this year shooting an expanded feature version starring Rutger Hauer as the title character. The film is scheduled for the Sundance Film Festival in January, but while there it won’t have to go through the rigors of a sale for US distribution rights. Magnet, the genre arm of Magnolia, has picked up the film for distribution in the US. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Hobo With a Shotgun

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Add another title to the ever-growing list of meta-films, this one being possibly the most ridiculous of all. It’s odd enough that the fake trailer for Machete was made into a movie, but that project had Robert Rodriguez (and a budget) backing it, not to mention it was originally envisioned as a feature-length film prior to the trailer even being made. Hobo With a Shotgun, meanwhile, began life as an entry for a SXSW contest for Grindhouse, and was made by a guy working at a comic book store.

And yet here we are, with a genuine trailer for the feature adaptation of the no-budget trailer, starring none other than Rutger Hauer. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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It’s a good day to be a fan of aging men with a violent streak. Over the last week we’ve had behind the scenes video glimpses of both the Coen Brothers version of True Grit and Jason Eisener‘s feature-length expansion of his fake grindhouse trailer Hobo With a Shotgun. Now we’ve got still images of Jeff Bridges and Rutger Hauer in their respective costumes for each film. Read More »

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Just a week after we reported that Jason Eisener was finally about to roll cameras on a feature-length version of his Grindhouse trailer Hobo With a Shotgun, there is already some footage available to check out. The full-length version of the film stars Rutger Hauer as the title character, and started shooting this past Monday. Eisener posted a little montage of behind the scenes and actual footage to YouTube, and you can check it out below. Read More »

VOTD: Jason Eisener’s The Number to Heaven

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Every year at Fantastic Fest, they ask that filmmakers submit a short intro bumpers, many of which play before the festival movie screenings. It’s actually, a mini short film festival in itself, as the best bumpers are actually presented with Awards. We’ve featured filmmaker Jason Eisener on the site a few times in the past. You might recognize him as the guy who made Hobo With A Shotgun (which will soon become a feature length film) and the awesome award-winning horror short Treevenge. He created a awesomely weird bumper for this year’s Fantastic Fest called The Number to Heaven. Watch it now after the jump.
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