Watch 'The ABCs of Death' Contest Winner Claymation 'T is for Toilet'
by Alex Billington
November 17, 2011
Oh sweet glorious graphic horror, this is awesome! It was announced earlier this week (news via indieWire) the winner of the open submission contest for Drafthouse Films' The ABCs of Death was Lee Hardcastle's claymation short T is for Toilet - which you can see in full below. We've been hyping up the ABCs of Death as it's the kick-ass anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen horror filmmakers including names like Ti West (The Innkeepers), Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun) and Adam Wingard (You're Next). This winning T short is fantastic and barely a glimpse of what's to come with 25 other letters.
T is for Toilet was an early submission to the contest setting the benchmark for future entries. UK based Lee Hardcastle utilized claymation to tell the nightmarish tale of a frightened young boy and his first attempt using the bathroom all by himself. Submissions for the contest closed on October 1st, with 170 shorts from all over the world and over 50,000 votes cast from the public. After the public vote narrowed the field down to 13 finalists, the 25 others filmmakers from The ABCs of Death voted on the winning film - and here it is.
"We are extremely happy about the quality of many of the shorts and were impressed with the emerging talent in the genre scene," said the Drafthouse's Tim League. Here's Hardcastle's full T is for Toilet short:
From the directors of House of the Devil, Hobo With a Shotgun, A Serbian Film, You're Next & many more comes the genre film event of 2012. The ABCs of Death is an ambitious anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children's educational books, The ABCs of Death 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. Lee Hardcastle's T is for Toilet was chosen to be the 26th segment in the film. Magnet will release The ABCs of Death in theaters sometime in 2012, but hasn't set a specific date yet.
Here's a recap of all 26 directors: Kaare Andrews (Altitude), Angela Bettis (Roman), Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman), Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Noburo Iguchi (Robo Geisha), Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Yoshihrio Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Banjong Pisathanakun (Shutter), Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse; Venture Bros.), Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Andrew Traucki (The Reef), Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes), Jake West (Doghouse), Ti West (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers), Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace; Kill List), Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next), Yudai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon) and now Lee Hardcastle.
For more information and to view any/all of the 26th letter submissions goto 26th.theabcsofdeath.com. Visit their Facebook page for news and updates on ABCs of Death, which we'll definitely be following, too.