‘The ABCs of Death’ Sequel Will Expand Genre Horizons

ABCs of Death

Magnet Films, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, will produce a sequel to ABCs of Death in association with Timpson Films and Drafthouse Films, Variety reports.

ABCs of Death tapped separate horror directors for 26 short films about death. The second film will expand beyond horror helmers, however, and has signed on directors including The Last Circus’ Alex de la Iglesia, Room 237‘s Rodney Ascher and animator Bill Plympton.

Additional confirmed filmmakers include Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves), Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club), Splce and Cube‘s Vincenzo Natali, indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Habit), The Collection’s Marcus Dunstan, France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Livid), E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit Cheap Thrills), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabis, Big Bad Wolves), A Lonely Place to Die’s Julian Gilbey, Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (Ninjas), The Legend of Beaver Dam and the upcoming Stagefright‘s Jerome Sable, and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short “Bobby Yeah”.

Like they did with the original, producers will hold a director’s competition this summer to include one additional filmmaker. Release of ABCs of Death 2 is planned for next year.

Magnet acquired last year’s horror pic V/H/S and will release a sequel to it later this year.

This time around we’re all determined to expand the concept to even more hyperkinetic, comically deranged and mortally dizzying heights of how someone can shuffle off this mortal coil,” said Ant Timpson, who will produce along with Tim League in conjunction with Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis and Ted Geoghegan.

  • Aaron Emery

    I hope they take the opportunity to improve on the first. ‘ABCs’ was a generally bad, mostly stupid mess. The concept is really a neat one. I wouldn’t even mind if they made this three hours long to give each short the time to be memorable.
    It also wouldn’t hurt for the directors to be a little more creative than ‘F is for Fart’…

    • Zombie-Killa

      I agree. Don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoyed some of the shorts in The ABCs of Death. S is for Speed, T is for Toilet, M is for Miscarriage, N is for Nuptials, A is for Apocalypse, and B is for Bigfoot were pretty good in IMO. BUT so many of the other shorts were terrrrrrrible. F is Fart was way, WAY too cheesy, featuring the worst special effects in the movie. D is for Dogfight bored me, and W is for WTF! was so fucking stupid.

      The ABCs Of Death was too hit and miss and inconsistent for my taste. I’m going to watch the sequel, and truth be told, I’m looking forward to it. Just hope it’s better than the first.

  • eagleye25

    Yeah, not sure I really want a sequel. The first one, for the most part, was just a bunch of “toilet opportunities”.

    A platform for fresh voices is always welcome, but ends need to justify means.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Oh, and I hated L is for Libido (the header pic is from that short). Certain lines you shouldn’t cross, and well, they crossed it in that one.

  • BornVillian

    I really enjoyed the first movie but agreed that it had some problems. Overall, I thought 10 of them were amazing, 10 of them were average and the rest were horrible. I also felt like the final short didn’t have enough impact to end the movie on. It should be interesting to expand the directing duties to outside the horror community.

  • scarletsimple

    Some of the segments were okay but very few were actually good, a few of them were crap and a few like “L is for Libido” were just so distasteful that the negated a lot of the positive.

    Over all a lot of them were just extremely boring. I would wait for the next one to hit Netflix before I watched it.