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Horror Anthology 'ABCs Of Death' Getting A Sequel In 2014

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 15, 2013 12:05 PM
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We’re going to need more alphabets. On the back of the success last year’s horror anthology “The ABCs of Death” -- for which 26 directors each directed a short loosely connected to the theme of death and an arbitrary letter of the alphabet -- it looks like we’re going to be getting a sequel, with producers currently shopping the film at Cannes. They’ll be moving beyond exclusively horror directors this time too, with Alex de la Iglesia (“The Last Circus"), Rodney Ascher (“Room 237”) and animator Bill Plympton already signed on, and there will once again be a director’s competition to find the 26th filmmaker.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Dead Man Down' Tries To Avoid 'The ABCs Of Death' From 'Oz'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 8, 2013 4:19 PM
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Happy Friday, dear readers! One of the most wonderful things about film is its diversity of subject and style, the potential for variance and innovation inherent in the medium. This weekend's release schedule displays this core trait with relish; truly, it's a study in contrasts. We have an action-heavy neo-noir, a horror anthology, a war movie, two meditations on religion, documentaries (one that's pretty serious, one not so much), several character-based slice-of-life pics, and (sigh) another CGI world coming at you in three dimensions. Though, to be fair, we hear this last one is actually quite well done, so maybe watching it won't make us feel like our head's about to spin off. In any case, whether you're laughing, sobbing, or recoiling into your seat back (or, if you're lucky, all three in one sitting!), go enjoy the far-ranging capacity of this century-old medium. And tell us what you're most excited for in the comments below!

20 Iconic & Memorable Movie Death Scenes

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
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Tomorrow sees the release of "The ABCs Of Death," a new horror anthology from some of the top new names in the genre, with a fairly similar premise: 26 directors, 26 very short films, 26 very different ways to die. From the apocalypse to Zetsumetsu, there's all kinds of inventive ways to be offed across its two-hour running time, and it's sure to keep gorehounds entertained, as our review suggested, even if horror neophytes might be left scratching their heads.

Review: 'The ABCs Of Death' Won't Win Over Non-Horror Fans, But That's OK

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • March 5, 2013 6:57 PM
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Horror anthologies have been on the rise of late, with movies like "Trick 'r Treat," "Chillerama" and the found footage anthology "V/H/S" keeping the tradition alive. The latest anthology is "The ABCs of Death," which combines 26 shorts in what is less of an interwoven narrative like "Trick 'r Treat" or even a loosely connected anthology like "V/H/S" and more of a "Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation" of horror shorts, and we're not just saying that because of the use of animation and claymation. The end result provides a range of quality, from the inspired and creative to the lazy and insipid, but one that horror fans will certainly devour.

AFI Review: 'The ABCs Of Death' Won't Win Over Non-Horror Fans, But That's OK

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • November 16, 2012 6:05 PM
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Horror anthologies have been on the rise of late, with movies like "Trick 'r Treat," "Chillerama" and the found footage anthology "V/H/S" keeping the tradition alive. The latest anthology is "The ABCs of Death," which combines 26 shorts in what is less of an interwoven narrative like "Trick 'r Treat" or even a loosely connected anthology like "V/H/S" and more of a "Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation" of horror shorts, and we're not just saying that because of the use of animation and claymation. The end result provides a range of quality, from the inspired and creative to the lazy and insipid, but one that horror fans will certainly devour.

Get Schooled: Bloody NSFW Red Band Trailer For 'The ABCs Of Death'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 11:39 AM
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Halloween may be behind us, and we're cetainly in the thick of Serious Movie season, but for those of you out there looking for some thrillers this winter, just sit tight, because it won't be too long. The horror omnibus "ABCs Of Death" is on the way, and get to excitement brewing one very bloody red band trailer has arrived.

First Look Photos: Rob Zombie's 'Lords Of Salem,' 'The ABCs Of Death' & 'John Dies At The End'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 12:21 PM
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While genre fans get their very own festival later in September with Austin's increasingly big Fantastic Fest, the Toronto International Film Festival is not to be left out, with a selection of big horror premieres set for their Midnight Madness strand. And as ever, the announcement's been accompanied with the unveiling of some big-name films to sit along those that have appeared over the last few years, like "Jennifer's Body," "Insidious," "Super," "The Raid" and "Kill List."

Check Out The Cuddly-Scary Poster For 'The ABCs of Death'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 4, 2012 1:36 PM
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Entertainment Weekly has just debuted the poster for September's ambitious horror anthology "The ABCs of Death," which corrals twenty-six directors (among them "The House of the Devil's" Ti West, "Kill List's" Ben Wheatley, and "Timecrimes'" Nacho Vigalondo) and has them each tackle a way to die. But instead of going with the obvious – maybe a collage of stills from the movies – the poster goes in the complete opposite direction, with a baby in the middle of the image that wouldn't be out of place in those obnoxious E*Trade ads.

Watch: Blood-Spattered Red Band Trailer For 'The ABCs Of Death' Horror Omnibus Contenders

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 21, 2011 3:38 AM
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As we’ve previously mentioned, “The ABCs of Death” is an intriguing little omnibus horror anthology project that Drafthouse Films and Magnet are putting together, featuring a bold mix of modern horror talent like Ben Wheatley (“The Kill List”), Ti West (“House of the Devil”), Jason Eisner (“Hobo With a Shotgun”), Nacho Vigalando (“Timecrimes”), Srdjan Spasojevic (“A Serbian Film”), and twenty others. The concept is simple, the film will feature 26 vignettes from 26 directors each dedicated to a letter describing a manner of dying, while “a linking device will open, connect and close” each short, according to the official website. However, one slot has been left open for an amateur filmmaker to get their claim to fame.

Ti West, Nacho Vigalando, Many Others To Teach Us 'The ABCs Of Death'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2011 6:00 AM
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Directors Of 'Hobo With A Shotgun,' 'A Serbian Film,' 'The Kill List' & Many Others Also On BoardAre you ready to learn “The ABC’s of Death”? The good people at Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing are behind the anthology horror film, an unprecedented effort that will feature 26 vignettes from 26 directors each dedicated to a letter describing a manner of dying, while “a linking device will open, connect and close” each short, according to the official website.

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