Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced “T is for Toilet” by Lee Hardcastle as the winner of their contest to find the “next great horror filmmaker,” which finalized the lineup of their international co-production of The ABCs of Death – a highly anticipated anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen celebrated filmmakers.
Inspired by children’s educational books, the feature 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.
“T is for Toilet” was an early submission to the contest setting the benchmark for future entries and has since become a viral sensation from reporting genre websites and blogs. 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. The short can be seen below in all of its glory!
The following is the list of participating directors, along with their countries of origin and a reference title from each of their filmographies:
Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA
Angela Bettis (Roman), USA
Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Chile
Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Canada
Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Belgium
Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico
Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman), France
Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Mexico
Noburo Iguchi, (Robo Geisha), Japan
Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Norway
Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Denmark
Yoshihrio Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Japan
Banjong Pisathanakun (Shutter),Thailand
Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), UK
Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), USA
Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse; The Venture Bros.), USA
Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Serbia
Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Indonesia
Andrew Traucki (The Reef), Australia
Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes), Spain
Jake West (Doghouse), UK
Ti West (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers), USA
Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace; Kill List), UK
Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), USA
Yudai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon), Japan
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