Vincenzo Natali, Bill Plympton & More Turn Up for 'ABCs of Death 2'
by Ethan Anderton
May 15, 2013
If you didn't catch the horror anthology The ABC's of Death, don't feel bad. The film didn't have a very big or successful theater run, but the VOD response has been pretty impressive, and the film hits Blu-Ray and DVD next Tuesday. In fact, the film found a big enough audience to warrant a sequel, and the names turning out to direct segments this time are pretty damn impressive. For those who aren't aware of the original film, it features different segments for each letter of the alphabet, depicting a gruesome way of dying that begins with any of the 26 letters of the alphabet. The sequel is doing the same thing over again.
But this time, the director's list is pretty damn impressive. Here's the rundown from the press release:
The sequel’s new roster includes Goya Award winner Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST); ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE); and the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen.
Additional confirmed filmmakers include Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES), Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB), SPLICE and CUBE’s Vincenzo Natali, indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT), THE COLLECTION’s Marcus Dunstan, France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID), E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES), A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey, Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY), THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and the upcoming STAGEFRIGHT’s Jerome Sable, and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEAH.
The inclusion of Vincenzo Natali, Bill Plympton and Jerome Sable is just fantastic news. Natalie's Splice is sorely underrated, Plympton is an animation genius and Sable crafted one of my favorite shorts of all time with The Legend of Beaver Dam (which you can and should buy on iTunes right now). This sequel is likely going to be even more gruesome than the first film, so hopefully horror fans are interesting seeing some more twisted deaths on the big screen. This series might not be as engaging as the more successful horror anthology V/H/S/ (with a sequel coming soon), but it's still some bloody fun. Plus, there will be a contest to fill the 26th slot in the film, just like the first time around. Sound good?