Twenty-six letters, twenty-six directors, twenty-six ways to die. That’s the simple premise behind The ABC’s of Death, the crazy anthology horror film that is available on demand today, and will be in theaters on March 8.

Being as today is the first day the public can see this film (which we reviewed here) twenty-six different websites are simultaneously posting interviews with all the directors. We spoke to Adam Wingard, the director of “Q,” seen above. Wingard (left) is also the director behind A Horrible Way to Die, this summer’s (awesome) release You’re Next, and segments in VHS and S-VHS.

He and creative partner Simon Barrett (right, who contributed to all those projects as well) had an unenviable task adapting the letter Q. We discussed that along with the release of You’re Next, the success of S-VHS and his upcoming Warner Bros. film Dead Spy Running. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know how a genre director first comprehended death, this interview has the answer, along with a list of Wingard’s favorite on-screen deaths ever.

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Whether you like to be scared, grossed out or just made to scream at the top of your lungs, you’re going to love S-VHS. The film, a sequel to 2012′s VHS, once again is an horror anthology, loosely linked by the story of a two people watching random VHS tapes, all of which include some of the most horrifying, disgusting and terrifying imagery imaginable, all from different talented genre directors.

Directors Gareth Evans (The Raid) & Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch ProjectLovely Molly) & Gregg HaleJason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die) have taken the formula from the first film, streamlined it and pushed the envelope even further. What remains is not only a horror anthology better than the original, but proof positive this franchise has some serious legs.

After the jump, watch our video blog review which contains no spoilers. Read More »

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 »

Indie horror director Ti West tends to be divisive. I think that’s in part because he has a flair for self-promotion and also because his most well-known film, The House of the Devil, was a very slow burn of a horror/thriller that featured an ’80s aesthetic, which led to accusations of pretension and a certain preciousness.

But The House of the Devil worked really well for me, so West has become one of the young directors I follow with greater than average interest. His new film The Innkeepers is available via VOD and digital platforms now, and will hit theaters in a limited run on February 3.

Ti West is also planning to make a science fiction film, which he’s said is about “pharmaceutical testing in space and paranoia,” and at one point had the title The Side Effects. That title could change, given that Steven Soderbergh is about to make another film with the same title. But West is moving full-speed ahead with the project, and says that financing and casting are coming together now. Read More »

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 »


This is why we always give a lot of attention to the Midnight Madness program assembled each year for the Toronto Film Festival: it generates some of the most fun in the fest, and some of the quickest sales. (If not always the quickest releases: don’t bring up the All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.)

The Raid was sold before Toronto started, so the biggest Midnight Madness sale is undoubtedly the horror flick You’re Next, directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The two were TIFF vets thanks to their previous film A Horrible Way to Die, and Barrett’s script for the 2004 film Dead Birds. Now we’ll all get to see You’re Next sometime in 2012 thanks to Lionsgate. Read More »

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