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Popular in the 1960s and early 1970s with more rare appearances in the 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s, the anthology-style horror film has made a solid resurgence in recent years with such portmanteau releases as The ABCs of Death films and the V/H/S series.
With Mexico Barbaro, Fear Paris and other projects in various stages of completion, the anthology horror film looks to continue to be an important part of the horror cinema landscape.
Some anthology films employ a framing or wraparound sequence in an attempt to connect the segments that make up the film while others dispense with this classic Amicus-style approach entirely and simply present a collection of short films connected by genre.
Either way, a horror anthology film is ultimately about the quality of its individual segments and this article will take you on a tour of the greatest horror anthology segments of all time. »
- Terek Puckett
Directed by Julian Barratt, Alexandre Bustillo, Larry Fessenden, Julian Gilbey, E.L. Katz, Aharon Keshales, Steven Kostanski, Julien Maury, Vincenzo Natali, Bill Plympton, Jen & Sylvia Soska and many more…
It’s a second go around the alphabet of fear with the debut of The ABCs of Death 2 as part of this years Celluloid Screams film festival. 2012′s first installment – an anthology of 26 stories, each representing a letter of the alphabet – was the very definition of a mixed bag, with (sadly) the bad often outweighing the good. However, given that the good was Very good I still held out hope that this sequel would live up to the expectations and potential that the format has.
Thankfully this time round the good outweighs the bad, although surprisingly there are some disappointing segments from directors whose work I’ve enjoyed; and whose feature work has been hailed as some of the best in »
- Phil Wheat
Last week we brought you an exclusive still from Juan Martinez Moreno’s The ABCs Of Death 2 segment, “S is for Split,” and today we’re continuing our coverage by sharing a short interview we conducted with Moreno. We had the opportunity to shoot a few questions the filmmaker’s way about his super-tense segment, delving deeper into his love of horror and what cinematic scares keep him up at night. In addition, be sure to return on 10/23 for a guest entry from Moreno himself, going into detail about his favorite cinematic death scene of all time.
Wgtc: What’s your favorite horror movie and how did it influence you as a filmmaker?
- Matt Donato
Thanks to the good people over at Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films, we’ve got an exclusive look at their brand new movie ABCs Of Death 2, which opens on most VOD platforms Today with a limited theatrical release on October 31st.
We Got This Covered is happy to be covering the letter “S,” brought to you by Juan Martinez Moreno (Game Of Werewolves). Titling his segment “S is for Split,” Moreno abandons the jokey nature of his previous creature feature in favor of a more dreadful atmosphere.
Starting with a simple phone call, the camera always keeps at least two subjects in frame. As expected, the call takes a dastardly turn once a break-in occurs, and a struggle for survival takes foot as a husband can only listen to his wife’s cries from the other side. The above picture captures the horrific nature of Moreno’s short, depicting »
- Matt Donato
Last week we brought you the insane and bloody red-band trailer for ABCs of Death 2. A tamer green-band trailer has now been released that you can show to your kids if you want! It's not as gory as the red-band, but it's still a fun trailer to watch that's packed full energy.
The movie consists of 26 short films, and each one has a completely different director and storyline. Some of the directors in the mix include Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), and the Soskasisters (American Mary). Here's the synopsis:
ABCs Of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, »
- Joey Paur
Two years on from the first anthology, ABCs Of Death 2 is almost upon us, delivering another 26 international horror shorts in time for Hallowe'en. If you saw the original you'll know what to expect, but if you missed it, here's a taste of what's in store this time around. As you might guess from a film that's a kind of alphabetical Darwin Awards for gorehounds, the red-band trailer below is gleefully nasty and very unsafe for work...As before, the directors were randomly assigned their letter and given free reign to decide what word it stood for and what their film should be (providing it involved death in some way). The above reveals an eclectic mix of kids' fantasy adventure, botched beheading, hiking accidents, Russian Roulette, zombies (natch), monstrous burgers, stop-motion animation, urban myth and Julian Barratt.Directors this time include El Katz (Cheap Thrills), Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Alejandro Brugues »
6 items from 2014
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