Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few months, you’re probably already aware that the sequel to last years’s anthology film THE ABC’S OF DEATH is currently in the works, with an all-star line-up of genre directors ready to top the original with their three-minute alphabetical efforts.
Just like last year, Timpson Films, Drafthouse Films and Magnolia Pictures have offered one of the letters to amateur filmmakers to try and top the pros, with the entry that gets the most votes making it into the final film. The response has been overwhelming.. HUNDREDS of entries are currently able to be watched on the ABC’S OF DEATH website; and – as you can imagine – the quality runs from AMAZING to entirely unwatchable.
Having now watched over 200 of the entries (I have the spreadsheet to prove it), I’m of the belief that you could actually assemble a film from 26 of the current entries that would be far superior to the often shaky first ABCS OF DEATH anthology. In fact, the best of these shorts put most of the included shorts from the original film to shame. There’s still a few more days to get your votes in, so I’ve assembled 26 of my favorite “M” entries for you to check out. If you like them.. VOTE FOR THEM! Help the next generation of great genre filmmakers get the attention they deserve.
(CLICK ON THE TITLES TO GO TO THE PAGE AND VOTE)
A beautiful ode to the superheroes working at your local video store. Gory as hell, and funny as fuck.
This Maestro takes his work VERY seriously. Hit a bum note and you might end up dead!
Gorgeous, haunting animated effort from Russia
A dork + electromagnet + gore = FUN!
Insane, stylish music video.
Unique and hyperviolent. Feels like a three minute chunk from a complete, absolutely nutty, film.
Love this. Office worker finds an outlet to escape from the mundanity of life.
Very funny, with a bizarre concept. And what a title!
A simple story – told well – of a group of people (one pregnant) trying to survive during the apocalypse.
Krampas just wants some love! And someone to watch COP AND A 1/2 with.
This one goes somewhere very interesting.. and tragic.
Really popular entry. A vampire ends up going to the wrong house.
I really dug this. It’s not only humans that get the munchies.
SELF-INFLICTED director Ross Williams has a really wonderful take on zombie transformation.
Really simple concept, but played well.. and with some really lovely FX work.
Darkly funny, with a killer of an ending.
Some guys just can’t find the right gal.. So, why not turn to a matchmaker?
Young woman interrupts her own sacrifice. Oops!
I’m still a sucker for a good zombie story, told well. In this zombie apocalypse, a can of food is worth killing for.
Really adore this. Unique, Hindu take on demon summoning for revenge.
There were a few entries about making sure you always forward chain e-mails. This is, by far, the most amusing.
The classic vampire meets the modern vampire in this cheeky short.
Owes a lot to Asian horror, but done wonderfully. One of the creepiest entries.
Very intense counselling session has a wonderfully messy ending.
He’s a Mummified Mo’Fo! And he demolishes a group of 80s-themed nogoodniks.
Beautifully crafted short with a lovely soundtrack.
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