Watch 'The ABCs of Death' Contest Winner Claymation 'T is for Toilet'

November 17, 2011

T is for Toilet - The ABCs of Death

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.

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That was awesome! graphic claymation horror at its best lol

Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011


Sorry. I hate this guy's previous work and I hate this one just has much. While I admire the initative, my eyes hurt watching anything he creates. No technique, no story with a true sense of morality. Fun, yes, but not the kind of fun I can get behind.  Frankly, killing a kid that is terrified and having a dad that says fuck all the time is the real horror. Again, sorry for the kill joy, but I have a serious, loathing hatred for this guy's work.  Yet, I loved Inside. . . go figure. 

Atlas on Nov 17, 2011


I'm with you. That was purile.

Mark on Nov 17, 2011


I partially agree with you. The dialogue was definitely annoying, and it's a pretty demented story, one that I can't quite decide whether I enjoyed or not.  But I gotta give this guy props for telling a unique story (at least i've never seen one portrayed like this) and also for making me feel a little squeemish with really crappy claymation. To that I say bravo! Very creative (IMO).  But at the end of the day "to each their own." Opinion repected 🙂

Danimal on Nov 18, 2011


"serious, loathing hatred for this guy's work."!! bloody hell! i feel like giving up now

leehardcastle on Nov 20, 2011


aww, don't do that. you went out and created something and gave it to the world. some will like it, and some may not - at all. them's the breaks. personally, i don't know any of your other work and i did like this. puerile? certainly, but no more than many other death scenes in horror, and with some nice touches. good luck with whatever you do next.

Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011


oh yeah i know i know, i love reading feedback. I usually agree with it (positive/negative) and I take a lot from it and then there's some people that have blatantly missed the point, like, the irony of teaching the young with fear of punishment was lost on Atlas. (I do however agree with some comments Atlas made) I get asked a lot by shocked viewers why the short is so f**ked up and well, the brief of the competition was to create a film with a "holy shit" factor about death so that's what I aimed for! It's nothing personal to the audience, I've even had people emailing me seriously telling me to go seek professional help! It is nuts!! I don't like offending people, it doesn't do much for me and it's a shame when people get that upset/offended by a video/story.

leehardcastle on Nov 22, 2011


i hear you. there's a lot of good horror out there, which has more to say than *just* gore, but also a lot of stuff that is just wrong on many levels. for me, this is an example of the former. and i liked it even more the second time i watched it. plus, i think you truly answered the 'holy shit' brief of the competition!

Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011


Wow. Harsh, but I agree. Killing the only sympathetic character in your film is like giving a big "F You" to your audience. 

Gingerbeer on Nov 21, 2011


Very cool!

Davide Coppola on Nov 18, 2011

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