The first ABC’s of Death was renowned for its ambition and its ingenuity as a horror anthology, as well as giving the world a little more from some of the most talented filmmakers in the independent genre world, including Adam Wingard, Jason Eisener, Marcel Sarmiento, Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet, Nacho Vigolando and more. The project furthermore gave amateur and lesser known filmmakers alike an opportunity to collaborate, as well as see their vision for the film on the big screen in an unprecedented anthology project.
Earlier this year, news broke about a sequel to ABCs being sold at Cannes, and now the film seems to be cementing itself as production company Drafthouse Films released the list of the contributing directors alongside the opening of the competition held to decide who the 26th director in the sequel will be. The winner will get the privilege to work alongside a cadre of talented directors, including:
Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Bill Plympton (The Tune), Erik Matti (Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles), Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves), Sion Sono (Suicide Club), Vincenzo Natali (Cube), Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), Marcus Dunstan (The Collector), Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves), Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place to Die), Dennison Ramalho (Ninjas), Lancelot Imasuen (Games Men Play), Jerome Sable (Stagefright), Robert Morgan (Bobby Yea), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Todd Rohal (The Catechism Catalysm), Astron 6’s Steven Kostanski (Manborg), Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking, Hajime Ohata (Henge) and Chris Nash (Skinfections).
This year the letter for the competition will be M. Last years’ winner, Lee Hardcastle, contributed one of the most innovative segments with his fan-submitted entry, “T is for Toilet.” To submit, chose a theme appropriate word starting with M (aka Molten, Murder, Miniature, etc…) and make a short film inspired by the word you’ve chosen. It can be live action, clay-mation, animation, stop motion, puppets or corpses held up by string (the legal implications are on you). Upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo and submit it to this website: https://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/submit/
Submissions opened August 14th and they close October 31st at midnight. The top 12 will be announced November 30th and the winner will be announced December 15th. Now get to work all you aspiring horror directors, and show us all what murderous and motley menageries of mangled monsters you can create and become the 26th director in More ABC’s of Death.
– By David Calbert
David Calbert, a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College, is a writer of fiction and essays. A long time lover of the horror and science fiction genre, he has been writing for Diabolique since 2012. He was recently part of a collaborative novel called Naked Came the Post-Postmodernist which will be coming out in November 2013. He is currently looking for writing work anywhere he can find it while he continues to pursue his own fiction.