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The ABCs of Death 2 gives twenty-six directors (or, in some cases, directorial teams) the chance to explore whatever mean, violent, strange ideas they want. Each is anchored only with a letter, a small budget, and a running time of just a few minutes. One director is Rodney Ascher, who made Room 237, and is now making a film about sleep paralysis.

We have an interview coming with Ascher where he talks about his work on the anthology film, but for now we’re going to give him room to talk about one of his favorite death scenes. What’s better is that he has chosen a movie I expect most people haven’t seen: the relatively obscure Songs From the Second FloorRead More »

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You know Rodney Ascher from his documentary Room 237, which gave theorists the chance to air their oddball concepts about meaning in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In between prepping his next film, a documentary about sleep paralysis, Ascher took the time to shoot a segment for The ABCs of Death 2.

The sequel to last year’s genre anthology is a massively-improved collection of horror, sci-fi, and flat-out weird short films. It features Ascher’s contribution at the two-thirds break, and we’ve got an exclusive still from his story, just in time for the film to premiere on VOD.

(Note: as the headline implies, the pic isn’t work-safe for some people.)

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ABCs of Death 2 green band trailer

If you’re the kind of person to be intrigued by The ABCs of Death 2, you’re probably the kind of person that’s okay with a little NSFW gore and violence. But just because you’re cool with it doesn’t mean everyone else is, so today we have an ABCs of Death 2 green-band trailer that you can enjoy with your whole family, office, or what have you.

As with the first ABCs of Death, The ABCs of Death 2 consists of 26 short films, each with a completely different director and storyline. This time, the crop includes Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), the Soska sisters (American Mary), and many more.

Watch The ABCs of Death 2 green band trailer after the jump.

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The best thing about the ABC’s of Death franchise is they have 26 chances to get it right. Twenty-six short films, combined into one, offering up the most brutal, disgusting, disturbing or hilarious methods of death imaginable directed by a laundry list of talented directors. If you don’t like one letter, there are plenty more to go and even if one or two really stick with you, the film has done its job.

The sequel ABC’s of Death 2 comes to iTunes and On Demand October 2 before hitting theaters October 31. Directors such as Alejandro Brugues, Bill Plympton, Larry Fessenden, Rodney Ascher and Vincenzo Natali are just a few of the filmmakers who are part of the fun this time around and a brand new red-band trailer is out, showcasing their madness. This is as red-band as red-band gets, with some absolutely stomach churning violence. It’s not safe for work, but it’s a lot of fun if you like this sort of thing. Check out the new ABCs of Death 2 Red Band trailer below. Read More »

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Keep the lights on, because today’s edition of Sequel Bits is unusually horror-heavy. After the jump:

  • Karl Urban wants to do Star Trek for 25 more years
  • Avatar 2 is probably going to shoot in early 2015
  • Transformers 4 is now the 18th biggest film ever
  • Mark Duplass wants to make Creep 2 and 3 right away
  • Tremors 5 finally has a director and a star
  • Hey, Chicagoans: Sinister 2 is looking for extras
  • ABCs of Death 2 is arriving just in time for Halloween
  • Leprechaun: Origins is coming to theaters after all
  • … and so is Sharknado 2: The Second One!
  • Jarhead 2: Field of Fire not only exists, it has a trailer

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ABCs of Death

The ABCs of Death film concept is back with 26 more ways to die based on letters of the alphabet. A sequel to the 2012/2013 release is well under way aiming at a 2014 release. Much like the approach taken with the first film, the producers are now in search of an unknown filmmaker to fill the 26th spot.

Along with the contest to pin down the final director, the rest of the full director list has been revealed. It expands on the already announced names such as animator Bill PlymptonDay of the Beast and The Last Circus director Álex de la IglesiaRoom 237 director Rodney Ascher, Japanese director of Cold Fish Sion SonoVincenzo Natali (Splice), indie icon Larry Fessenden and The Collection‘s Marcus Dunstan. Read more about both below. Read More »

ABCs of Death

The horror anthology V/H/S did well enough that a sequel went into production pretty fast, and you can already see the red-band trailer for V/H/S/2 from Magnet. Now another Magnet-released anthology, The ABCs of Death, is also going to be followed by a sequel.

The hook for The ABCs of Death was that the film featured 25 directors (and a 26th crowd-sourced entry) making short films based around a single letter. The sequel will take the same approach, and as with the first film the hook isn’t the concept, but the people bringing it to life. The new crew includes animator Bill Plympton, Day of the Beast and The Last Circus director Álex de la Iglesia, and Room 237 director Rodney Ascher. More participants in the gruesome sequel are listed below. Read More »

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