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Gruesome First Image From The ABCs of Death

10 December 2011 12:25 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

While we're uncertain at this point which letter of the alphabet director Xavier Gens will be tackling for the upcoming mega-anthology The ABC's of Death, the director has shared the first still from his piece. We approve. We totally approve.

Check out the complete list of directors for the upcoming feature from Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films below.

Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA Angela Bettis (Roman), USA Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Chile Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Canada Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Belgium Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman), France Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Mexico Noburo Iguchi (RoboGeisha), Japan Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Norway Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Denmark Lee Hardcastle (T is for Toilet segment), UK Yoshihrio Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Japan Banjong Pisathanakun (Shutter), Thailand Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), UK Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), USA Jon Schnepp »

- Uncle Creepy

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Watch: ‘T For Toilet’ Short, 1/26th of Horror Anthology ‘The ABC’s of Death’

16 November 2011 4:50 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although I’m generally not a fan of horror, there is one upcoming project that has me excited. Despite a few gems, many horror flicks now-a-days just seem repetitive and excessively gory with little substance. But taken in a short form, I’m much more open to the genre. Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films are teaming to deliver the ultimate in short-form horror.

They are putting together an anthology titled The ABC’s of Death that includes Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener, A Serbian Film‘s Srdjan Spasojevic, Timecrimes helmer Nacho Vigalondo and the guy behind the insane upcoming Kill List, Ben Wheatley. That is only a small portion of the 26 directors involved, each taking a letter.

The filmmakers left one letter open for anyone to submit a film. The letter was T and after whittling down to ten contenders, Lee Hardcastle‘s claymation short T »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The ABCs of Death Announce Final Director

16 November 2011 1:07 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced T is for Toilet by Lee Hardcastle as the winner of their contest to find the "next great horror filmmaker," which finalized the lineup of their international co-production of The ABCs of Death - a highly anticipated anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen celebrated filmmakers in what Fangoria calls, "a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world." Inspired by children's educational books, the feature is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were given free reign to choose a word to represent a form of death based on their letter. The ABCs of Death will be released through Magnet Releasing in 2012.

T is for Toilet was an early submission to the contest setting the benchmark for future entries and »

- MovieWeb

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The ABC's of Death: T Winner Chosen!

15 November 2011 11:23 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We've all been waiting patiently to see who would get the "T" spot in the upcoming anthology flick The ABC's of Death, and the winner has finally been chosen. As a matter of fact, you can watch the winning short right here, right now!

Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced "T is for Toilet" by Lee Hardcastle as the winner of their contest to find the "next great horror filmmaker," which finalized the lineup of their international co-production of The ABCs of Death – the highly anticipated anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen celebrated filmmakers.

The UK's Lee Hardcastle joins the following list of already named participating directors:

Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA Angela Bettis (Roman), USA Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Chile Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Canada Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Belgium Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman »

- Uncle Creepy

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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made: Part 6: Best (Italian) Giallo Films

25 October 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or »

- Ricky

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The ABCs of Death: New Red-Band Compilation of Several "T Is for..." Short Film Submittals

20 October 2011 1:01 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As another nudge to horror fans to remember to vote for the 26th director to be included in The ABCs of Death anthology film, producers Ant Timpson and Tim League have written a note to everyone who entered the contest and also put together a red-band compilation of some of the highlights from the "T Is for..." short films submitted for voting thus far.

The ABCs of Death is an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world. The feature is comprised of 26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film's producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow's next great horror filmmaker. A winner will be chosen after online voting ends on November 1, 2011.

The search »

- The Woman In Black

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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 3

18 October 2011 10:25 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Justine Smith (11 viewings) Total of 31 viewings

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Spider Baby or The Maddest Story Ever Told

Directed by Jack Jill

This movie is very fun, not so much scary as gleefully depraved. The film revels in it’s childhood attitude, »

- Ricky

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The ABCs of Death - Don't Forget to Vote for Your Favorite "T Is for..." Short Film

13 October 2011 11:11 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been several weeks since we last mentioned the anthology we're all chomping at the bit to see - The ABCs of Death - and to make sure everyone remembers to vote for the 26th director slot, a new promo video has been released, entitled "T Is for Twenty Bucks". Voting has been extended until November 1st so read on for all the details!

The ABCs of Death is an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world. The feature is comprised of 26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film's producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow's next great horror filmmaker. A winner will be chosen after online voting ends on November 1, 2011. Click here »

- The Woman In Black

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Amer Blu-ray Review

6 October 2011 5:26 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's debut feature, Amer, is a staggeringly stylish and vividly disorienting work of art that will leave you gasping by the final frame. Amer is an overt tribute to the giallo films of the '70s and early '80s from masters like Dario Argento, Sergio Martino, and Mario Bava.  The film revels in lurid lighting, delirious in-camera special effects, and labyrinthine plotting in a way that never allows the viewer a moment to relax, ratcheting up the tension inch by inch for all of its ninety minutes.  Already released on Blu-ray in the UK earlier this year, and reviewed by this site, Olive Films has taken up the mantle in the Us, and their Blu-ray release is a beautiful and accurate »

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DVD: DVD: Amer

4 October 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Fans of Italian giallo maestro Dario Argento understand that part of appreciating his singularly ornate and operatic visual setpieces is tolerating the stretches where characters explain, at great length and in dubious accent, what’s causing all that mayhem. An extended homage to Argento, Mario Bava, and other practitioners of the genre, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s transfixing semi-experimental feature Amer seeks to strip all that exposition away and limit the focus exclusively to sound and image. There’s probably a page or two’s worth of dialogue in the script, and even that is clipped or »

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Blu-ray World: Amer, Submarine, Tarantino, Crowe, and More

3 October 2011 12:06 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

My top 5 picks for the week break down easily between new and older films. The older ones need only their titles listed -- advance word on the respective quality of the Blu-ray packages sounds fine -- but the two newer films need a bit of trumpet-blowing. Amer (Olive Films, Region Free) Todd Brown saw the directorial debut of Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet at Sitges two years ago and called it "one of the very best films of the year." I heard even more positive word of mouth at SXSW last year, but missed the screenings. The review by Eight Rooks is decidedly mixed (veering between "a triumph" and "a disappointment"), while Kwenton Bellette called it "must watch cinema." The Blu-ray includes the first »

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Blu Monday: Tarantino Paradiso & The Animation Factory

2 October 2011 10:33 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: 2-Disc Deluxe Edition (1974)

Synopsis: For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick by calling him “a fraudulent myth!” Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses “and let up a little on the wonder why.” How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town – and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjures of Rankin/bass studios. The voice talents of Joel grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun. (highdefdigest.com)

Special Features:

Tba

The 12 Dogs Of Christmas (2005)

Synopsis: A girl who uses dogs to »

- Travis Keune

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Two More Directors Added To ‘The ABCs of Death’

25 August 2011 12:47 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Jorge Michel Grau’s cannibal film We Are What We Are made our list of the best films of 2010. Now it seems the director along with Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) have joined the roster of directors working on the upcoming anthology film The ABCs of Death. Both men are excellent candidates for the project.

In the same way Let The Right One In reinvented the vampire brand and [Rec] put a clever twist on the epedemic /zombie film, We Are What We Are reinvigorated the cannibal genre with an emotional portrait of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites. Metalocalypse is an interesting project, an American animated television series, that centers around the larger than life death metal band Dethklok and often portrays dark and macabre content, including such subjects as violence, death, and the drawbacks of fame, with extremely hyperbolic black humor. While I am not »

- Ricky

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The ABCs of Death - All Twenty-Five Directors Named

25 August 2011 11:35 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced the full roster of directors signed on to participate in their international co-production The ABCs Of Death, an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world.

The feature is comprised of 26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film's producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow's next great horror filmmaker.

The contest ends October 1st. More submission information here.

In May 2011, the film's producers announced that enlisted directors were to include Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Ti West (House Of The Devil and the upcoming The Innkeepers), Ben Wheatley(SXSW 2011 favorite Kill List), Srdjan Spasojevic of A Serbian Film infamy, and 18 others. Joining the roster »

- Uncle Creepy

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The ABCs of Death Announces Full Director Lineup

25 August 2011 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced the full roster of directors signed on to participate in their international co-production The ABCs of Death, an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world. The feature is comprised of 26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film's producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow's next great horror filmmaker. The contest ends October 1st. More submission information can be found here.

In May 2011, the film's producers announced that enlisted directors were to include Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Ti West (The House of the Devil and the upcoming The Innkeepers), Ben Wheatley (SXSW 2011 favorite Kill List), Srdjan Spasojevic of A Serbian Film infamy, and 18 others. »

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The ABC's of Death is Looking To Make You Famous! Interested?

12 August 2011 12:42 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Bert and Ernie (recent homosexual rumors aside) have never done the alphabet this way. Makers of the upcoming film The ABC's of Death have rounded up 25 of the brightest young directors in the horror genre in anticipation of their anthology-style film. They need one more, and you could be it!

And if having your work melded with the incredible group of directors listed below isn’t enough, they've sweetened the pot by offering a cool 5 G's to the winner.

Here's what's required of you: Obviously the ability to spell is going to help you out here as your film will have to be entitled T is for ... (this is where you insert whatever clever bit of nastiness you come up with). And obviously you've got to create a completely new piece. Judges will only consider films made specifically for this competition. Complete instructions are on the ABC's of Death Website. »

- Doctor Gash

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Are You The Next Great Horror Director? The Search Begins

11 August 2011 9:25 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Seth Metoyer

In what seems to be a pretty decent take on all the recent reality contestant shows (such as Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef etc.), there is one coming that is strictly for all you horror movie directors out there. The contest is presented by Magnet and Drafthouse Films.

The ABCs of Death is a global search for "The Next Great Horror Director" which features 25 director spots that have already been filled.

The 26th spot has been set aside for one lucky winner that will have his or her feature horror film added to a slot next to the other 25 notable horror movie directors.

Those 25 directors already on board include:

Kaare Andrews (Altitude)

Angela Bettis (Roman)

Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill)

Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)

Bruno Forzani and Héléne Cattet (Amer)

Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat)

Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman)

Noburo Iguchi (Machine Girl; Robo Geisha)

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Amer Hits Home Video ... Black Gloves Not Included

27 July 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The latest foreign import Amer is getting set to make its DVD and Blu-ray debut here Stateside, and we've got a quick look at what you can expect when it gets here.

According to High Def Digest in an early announcement to retailers, Olive Films has revealed Amer will be available on Blu-ray on October 4.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements that include five short movies by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani and introductory notes from the filmmakers.

Synopsis

Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her from screaming. The wind lifts her dress and caresses her thighs. A razor blade brushes her skin. Where will this chaotic and carnivorous journey leave her?

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- Uncle Creepy

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New Release: Amer Blu-ray and DVD

22 July 2011 11:18 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Anna gives a straight-edge razor a taste in the 2009 "giallo" homage Amer.

The 2009 French horror-thriller Amer, an eroticized homage to 1970s Italian “giallo” horror films, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 4 from Olive Films. The discs will carry the list prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.

The 2009 film, by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, is a collage of sorts that plays out in three movements. Each is presented in a different style that corresponds to the more carnal aspects of the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of its female protagonist, Anna (who’s portrayed by three different actresses over the course of the film).

Drawing its visual approach from the films of the highly regarded “giallo”-based filmmakers Mario Bava (Black Sunday) and Dario Argento (Deep Red), as well as directors Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in America) and Brian De Palma (Blow Out), it’s the kind of senses-stirring »

- Laurence

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‘The ABCs of Death’ Adds Xavier Gens and Christopher Smith And You Could Be Next

14 June 2011 11:34 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The horror short film anthology The ABCs of Death, inspired in part by early kids’ books and promises to explore “26 ways to die” from 26 different directors, has now added two more directors to its list. Now in the list of who’s-who of upcoming horror and genre directors is Xavier Gens (Hitman) and Christopher Smith (Black Death, Triangle). The duo will join the previously announced list of directors below. The production however is still looking for a 26th director and anyone can participate. Check out the details of the contest to choose the final director are after the break.

Here is the list of confirmed directors:

Kaare  Andrews (Altitude)

Angela Bettis (Roman)

Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman, Mandrill)

Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)

Bruno Forzani and Héléne (Amer)

Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat)

Xavier Gens (Frontiers, Hitman)

Noburo  Iguchi (Machine Girl, Robo Geisha)

Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja)

Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, »

- Ricky

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