Full Directorial Roster For ‘ABCs of Death 2′

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Producers Ant Timpson, Tim League, and Magnet Releasing have announced the full lineup of acclaimed directors taking part in ABCs of Death 2, a high-energy sequel to the 2012 hit, which delivers 26 new dark tales from the industry’s most celebrated genre directors. Accompanying the announcement, the production team has revealed the details for the film’s “26th Director Competition”, which, like the original, will place one exceptional fan-made entry in the finished film.

In a significant departure from the first installment, ABCs of Death 2 is expanding beyond horror directors. Joining the sequel’s roster are Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM); Canada’s king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (MANBORG); Cuba’s Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD); acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking; Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata (HENGE); and Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS).

Previously confirmed filmmakers include Goya Award winner Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST), ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher, Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE), Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES), Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB), SPLICE 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 (CHEAP THRILLS), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES), A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey, Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY), the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen, 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.

The series’ popular “26th Director Competition” also returns, encouraging filmmakers from all over the world to create their own one-to-three minute segment, with the best being placed in the finished film itself. Where the original film asked fans to create short “T is for…” films (with the winning segment going to Lee Hardcastle’s “T is for Toilet”), the sequel now switches its competition letter to “M”.

Votes for the competition will be tabulated via social media, as well as a jury, which, along with ABCs of Death 2’s numerous other directors, includes producers Tim League and Ant Timpson, Associate Producer Ted Geoghegan, Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles, Entertainment Weekly Senior Editor Clark Collis, Horror-Movie-A-Day founder and Badass Digest contributor Brian Collins, author Grady Hendrix, and Fangoria Managing Editor Michael Gingold.

Contestants can visit http://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com for additional details and to enter their films. Entries must be submitted by midnight on October 31, with the winner announced on December 15, 2013. The competition’s official announcement video can be found at http://vimeo.com/72230989

Magnet is planning a 2014 release of the film. ABCs of Death 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

FULL DIRECTOR LIST:

Julian Barratt (THE MIGHTY BOOSH)
Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM)
Steven Kostanski (MANBORG)
Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
Jim Hosking (commercial director)
Hajime Ohata (HENGE)
Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS)
Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST)
Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237)
Bill Plympton (Animator)
Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE)
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES)
Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB)
Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE)
Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT)
Marcus Dunstan (THE COLLECTION)
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID)
E.L. Katz (CHEAP THRILLS)
Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK)
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES)
Julian Gilbey (A LONELY PLACE TO DIE)
Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY)
Lancelot Imasuen (Nollywood director)
Jerome Sable (THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, STAGEFRIGHT)
Robert Morgan (BOBBY YEAH)

  • SonOfVoorhees

    I watched the previous one. A few were good, the rest just sucked and none of them were worth watching twice. I always thought these things would work better as a horror month, you screen a movie and then after you screen an abc movie and fans can guess which directors movie will be next week. :-) I will watch the ABC2 when its released, i like the idea behind, just think the 1 – 3 minute and $5000 limit holds the good ideas back. Maybe they could do one called The 7 Sins of Horror. And limit it to 7 directors with $15k budget and more time. Be more of an anthology show.

    • huntermc

      I agree that there were a few good ones, and lots of forgettable ones. It seemed to me that it would have worked better if they had just put them all on YouTube.

    • Incinerated

      I like your idea. Aside from budget and time, “The 7 Sins of Horror” actually sounds horror centric.

      Death itself doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with horror and the first ABCs, despite the misleading collection of directors and BD endorsement, reflected that. That film was a double fail for me since not only were most of those shorts total crap, they weren’t horror.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Yes! Happy to see The Soska Twins on board for this. I loved American Mary & Dead Hooker In A Trunk!

    Hopefully this will be better than the original, because I thought the first one was uneven, and well, shit. Z and X were so fucking awful to the point, where both letter shorts pretty much ruined the entire movie for me.

  • Ravinus

    Yawn. Do we really need a sequel for ABCs? It wasn’t even that good.

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    how was this greenlit? the first one was beyond horrible

  • rgold

    I’ll def check this out. The first was nothing special but a few of the shorts were pretty cool. Plus Tim League seem like a really good guy which makes this easier to supoort

  • ill_mindedd

    the first film had potential, but it turned out to be a hot piece of shit. i stopped watching at letter N. you give 26 directors absolute control and they come up with the most idiotic deaths scenes ever. c’mon, the asian chick had a fart fetish. seriously. im not looking forward to the sequal, it can’t possibly be any better.

    • Mucey

      I managed to make it to the middle of P before I turned it off. There were maybe two good ones in the whole rotten batch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Moheetoe Pablo Delgadillo

    The first one was a lot of misses and just a few hits, some of those shorts were just plain ridiculous.
    Let’s see how this one turns out
    but im totally here for the Soska twins,Vincenzo Natali,Marcus Dunstan,Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo