While digging into their town’s infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock a dark secret, unleashing an evil spirit that takes possession of its victims.
It’s been quite some time since I watched a film that truly turned my stomach. Let alone a handful of films. The ABCs of Death, however, had me sick to my stomach in multiple ways. Some of it made me truly ill from gore, some uneasy from the use of taboo concepts, but mostly I was sick over the waste of budget for art school shorts that were truly eye roll inducing.
Hey, I was at least feeling something during the 130 minutes the film runs.
The ABCs of Death starts strong with A is for Apocalypse and B is for Bigfoot, but soon the shorts fall into toilet humor. Seriously. Copious amounts of it. And it’s not even good toilet humor. I could get into immature territory and state ‘C is for Crap’ or something (actually C is for Cycle was quite intriguing, also), but I will try to remain professional about my analysis.
First off, the concept for the film is actually smart. The idea of a 26 short film anthology seems ridiculous, but it is executed in a manner that works. However, 26 films, even short ones, runs a bit too long. Especially when each filmmaker is given artistic freedom for their respective short. The timing of each varies and some go on too long. Again, with artistic freedom, editing was obviously not an option when it could’ve been viable. The problem really lies in that there is little consistency or anything to link one short to the next other than the alphabet. Yes, there is the idea of death that is represented in each film, however, with such little guidance to carry the theme through all stories, we all left with a jumbled mess that pretty much plays back as a nightmare 19 times out of the 26.
As for the blu-ray, it’s a nice little package. The films are all different formats, however the sight and sound quality of each is equal. The extras including making of, behind the scenes and deleted scenes from various shorts and while A and B were in my top letters, the best letter of all – Q – as in Q is for Quack, directed by Adam Wingard & Simon Barret– is missing. Commentary is available from the filmmakers for each, which do offer insight, but even with such a feature, the complete explanation for some of the films is not there. Not that it is truly needed, as they can be put out of mind – but it is always fascinating for me to find out exactly why someone made the film they made when they could’ve made something so much grander. Of course, there is also a boasting featurette from AXS TV and a trailer.
Even with some being aggressively sexual, others being exceptionally pretentious, and some just appearing to barely try, The ABCs of Death still delivers horror in a fresh format. However, if this is what the next generation of filmmaking entails, maybe continuing the remake trend isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Timpson Films and Drafthouse Films have just released a hilarious “children’s book” based on The ABCs of Death. But you gotta move fast. There are only 666 copies of the book available to grab. Each copy of the book contains a special edition Blu-Ray of the film that includes director commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, making-of featurettes, and trailers. The book features illustrations from Stephan Britt and verses from author Zack Carlson. Copies are selling for $37.00. READ MORE
We finally get a full length trailer for V/H/S/2 and it’s worth the wait! As someone who really liked most of the original film, I’ve got no problem telling you that V/H/S/2 is much, much better. It’s tighter, shorter, leaner and a rock solid viewing experience. It’s also gory, chaotic and fun as hell – which this trailer certainly represents!
Acquired by Magnet Releasing out of Sundance as S-VHS, V/H/S/2 will be arriving on VOD platforms June 6 with a theatrical rollout set for July 12. In the film directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener and Timo Tjahjanto, “Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.
From the demented minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes—a second generation with no loss of quality.”
Check it out below!!! We’ve also got some new stills from the film! READ MORE
Theaters March 8: Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABCs of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Full director list.
Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond The Black Rainbow is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons.
Loveless, jobless and possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun decides to off the stupidest, cruelest and most repellent members of society with an unusual accomplice:
16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. From stand-up comedian and director Bobcat Goldthwait comes a scathing and hilarious attack on all that is sacred in the United States of America.
About the last two staffers (Paxton and Healy) of a haunted hotel that’s going out of business.
After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees –Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)—are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England’s most haunted hotels. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage “ghost hunters” begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history.
In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, “happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers in this twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns.
LIMITED THEATERS MAY 6: A train pulls into its final station and a Hobo hops from a freight car. He has dreams of a fresh life in a new city, but finds himself trapped in an urban hell instead. A city where criminals rule the streets, landlords evict single mothers in the middle of the night, and where the city’s crime boss, The Drake, reigns supreme with his sadistic, homeless-killing sons, Slick & Ivan. Through the chaos, the Hobo comes across a shop window displaying a second hand lawn mower and a shotgun, and decides it’s time to cut the grass, make the city beautiful and start a new way of life. But after witnessing the brutality that encompasses this city, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this place is with a gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber.
In limited theaters June 10: Shot in a vérité style, THE TROLL HUNTER is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, THE TROLL HUNTER delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.
A wild and funny Korean monster movie about a giant, vicious pig terrorizing an idyllic countryside.
One day in a small and peaceful village Sameri, boasting no criminal cases for 10 years, a terrible accident happens. Ecologists studying wild animals on a nearby mountain, discover a collection of dismembered body parts. Policeman KIM Kang-su just transferred to Sameri from Seoul takes the case. The victim turns out a grand-daughter of Chun il-man, who was once a legendary hunter. Chun is convinced that it wasn’t a human that murdered his granddaughter but a man-eating boar, Chaw. Terrified, the people of Sameri invite one of the most famous hunters Baek to catch the Chaw. Baek leaps at the chance hoping it will prove himself to be the best ever hunter. Baek, Chun, detective Sim in charge of the case, ecologist Soo-ryun and KIM Kang-soo (whose mother is also missing) head into the deep dark mountains to confront the beast.
DVD Active reports that each will be available to own from May 17th. Extras will include alternate endings, a making of featurette, and a photo gallery.
“Following a mysterious blackout, most of the population vanishes into thin air. As the remaining survivors converge in a small tavern to figure out what happened, the darkness returns to claim them one by one. ”
A hard-boiled thriller, I Saw The Devil stars Choi Min-sik (Oldboy) as a psychopathic serial killer up against Lee Byung-hun as a special agent whose fiancée becomes one of his victims. Lee’s cool-headed and intelligent character in turn becomes a monster in order to avenge the killing.
Lee Byung-hyun (The Good, the Bad and the Weird) stars as Dae-hoon, a special agent whose pregnant wife becomes the latest victim of a disturbed and brutal serial killer, captivatingly played by Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik. Vowing revenge, Dae-hoon blurs the lines between hunter and hunted and good and evil, eventually becoming a monster himself in his twisted pursuit of revenge. From Korean genre master Kim Jee-woon (The Good, The Bad and The Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters) I SAW THE DEVIL is shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished, transcending the police procedural and pushing the boundaries of extreme Asian cinema in surprising and thrilling new ways.
Limited release April 1: Tells the unlikely story of a murderous tire (yes, a tire) with terrifying telepathic powers.
Directed by Quentin Dupieux, Rubber is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to wreak havoc on small desert creatures and various lost items, his attention soon turns to humans, resulting in the most gory vehicular-related mayhem inflicted on screen by an “inanimate” object since Christine.
Now playing On Demand and screening in limited theaters on March 18th, Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th Street (review) tells the story of a small group of individuals who hole up in a Detroit tavern after the rest of the population seemingly vanishes overnight, leaving only their clothes and other personal items behind. When the daylight begins to wane and soon vanishes completely, they realize that the darkness itself is out to consume them. Recently B-D reporter Chris Eggertsen got on the phone with Anderson, who has previously helmed such creep-fests as Session 9 and The Machinist, to discuss his latest creation. In the process he talked about his reasoning behind keeping the cause of the apocalyptic phenomenon in the story a mystery, creating the eerie “voices” of the shadow creatures, and how shooting in the city of Detroit in some ways mirrored the fictional situation created for the film.
Interestingly, Brad Anderson first received major industry attention not for directing a horror film but rather a romantic comedy entitled Next Stop Wonderland, which debuted at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Miramax Films following an intense bidding war. His next film, the time-travel romance Happy Accidents starring Marisa Tomei, added a little genre flavor to his resume, but it wasn’t until 2001 that he would enter the horror arena in a big way with Session 9, a deeply unsettling film about an asbestos removal crew plagued by bizarre occurrences while working in an abandoned mental hospital. He followed up that low-key chiller with 2004′s The Machinist, starring Christian Bale as an insomniac literally wasting away to nothing, and later the Hitchcockian thriller Transsiberian, starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer.
His latest film, the apocalyptic horror Vanishing on 7th Street (now playing On Demand and debuting in limited theaters March 18th) goes perhaps darker (in a visual sense, anyway) than any of his previous movies, in its story of a small group of individuals attempting to survive a malignant darkness that’s threatening to consume every human being on the planet.
Black Death will be available via On-Demand, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, Amazon.com and iTunes February 4 and in theaters starting March 11. Set in an apocalyptic medieval world, “Death” details the story of a band of brothers whose quest is to hunt down a necromancer against the backdrop of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England.
Medieval England has fallen under the shadow of The Black Death. In this apocalyptic world, filled with fear and superstition, a young monk called Osmund is charged with leading a fearsome knight, Ulric (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to a remote marsh. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer – someone able to bring the dead back to life. Torn between his love of God and the love of a young woman, Osmund discovers the necromancer, a mysterious beauty called Langiva. After Langiva reveals her Satanic identity and offers Osmund his heart’s desire, the horror of his real journey begins….
Magnet Releasing has provided both Bloody Disgusting and MySpace Horror an exclusive new clip from Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th Street (review), which is now available On Demand (my personal favorite way to watch a movie), with a limited theatrical run beginning on February 18. Following a mysterious blackout, most of the population vanishes into thin air. As the remaining survivors converge in a small tavern to figure out what happened, the darkness returns to claim them one by one. The film was directed by horror fav Brad Anderson (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist).
In Theaters February 18. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain – surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and newcomer Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar, whose gasoline-powered generator and stockpile of food and drink make it the last refuge in a deserted city. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself, and only the few remaining light sources can keep them safe. As time begins to run out for them, darkness closes in and they must face the ultimate terror
Here’s an alternate plot crunch: Following a mysterious blackout, most of the population vanishes into thin air. As the remaining survivors converge in a small tavern to figure out what happened, the darkness returns to claim them one by one.
If you click on over to IMDB you can check out the very first clip from Magnet Releasing’s Vanishing on 7th Street (review), which arrives On Demand TOMORROW, with a limited theatrical run beginning on February 18. Following a mysterious blackout, most of the population vanishes into thin air. As the remaining survivors converge in a small tavern to figure out what happened, the darkness returns to claim them one by one. The film was directed by horror fav Brad Anderson (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist). Check out some new stills inside.
We’ve received three new hi-res stills for Brad Anderson’s (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist) Vanishing on 7th Street (review), his latest horror venture that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. Magnet will be releasing the chiller On Demand January 7, with a limited theatrical run planned for February 18. Starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, and Thandie Newton, following a mysterious blackout, most of the population vanishes into thin air. As the remaining survivors converge in a small tavern to figure out what happened, the darkness returns to claim them one by one.
Finally some good marketing for Brad Anderson’s (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist) Vanishing on 7th Street (review), his latest horror venture that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. This evening Yahoo! debuted a pretty lengthy official trailer that is a major step up from that horrid festival version floating around. Magnet will be releasing the chiller On Demand January 7, with a limited theatrical run planned for February 18. Starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, and Thandie Newton, following a mysterious blackout, most of the population vanishes into thin air. As the remaining survivors converge in a small tavern to figure out what happened, the darkness returns to claim them one by one.
Six years after a NASA probe crashes, bringing alien life forms to Earth, a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
Centurion is set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain. Fassbender stars as Quintus Dias, Roman centurion and son of a legendary gladiator who leads a group of soldiers on a raid of a Pict camp to rescue a captured general (West). The son of the Pict leader is murdered during the raid, and the Romans find themselves hunted by a seemingly unstoppable group of the Pict’s most vicious and skilled warriors, led by a beautiful and deadly tracker (Kurylenko), who are hell bent on revenge.