It seems that horror movie anthologies are making a comeback; the tradition – first started in the ’70s and ’80s with films like Twilight Zone: The Movie, Tales from Crypt and Creepshow – saw a resurgence in 2012 with the highly-anticipated film V/H/S (read our review). However, while V/H/S brought together a handful of writers and directors to tell a handful of scary stories, the upcoming film The ABCs of Death is going much bigger, uniting 26 directors for 26 tales of murder, mayhem and a general taste of the macabre.
Check out the red-band trailer, above.
Here are just a few of the names attached to this project: Ti West (House of the Devil), Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Xavier Gens (Hitman, The Divide), Kaare Andrews (Altitude), Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Noboru Iguchi (Mutant Girls Squad), etc. Clearly, if you are at all familiar with the films we just referenced, you know that ABCs of Death is going to be bringing all kinds of horror movie flavor to the table. From “found-footage” to “torture porn” and even a claymation segment(!) – from the outrageous (in a funny way) to the even more outrageous (in a horrifying way) to the disgusting, the psychologically twisted, the gory and/or offensive. With 26 entries, we expect that one will experience many head-and-stomach-curdling horror movie sensations.
There’s still a big question as to how long each segment will be: the movie runs 123 minutes (a little over two hours) which means, by simple math, the segments should run approximately 5 minutes apiece, on average. On the one hand, that might seem like a lot of manic storytelling; then again, the major drawback to V/H/S (in my opinion) was that each new segment took a slow build-up to what was, really, only about 5 minutes of payoff (if that). So maybe, with its shorter segmentation, ABCs will actually conquer this issue and run more effectively by hitting us with nothing but “money shots,” so to speak…
Will you be counting down the many spellings of horror when The ABCs of Death hits theaters? The film will be available On Demand starting January 31, 2013; it will get a limited theatrical release on March 8, 2013.