Drafthouse Films is teaming with Timpson Films, Magnet Releasing, and 26 filmmakers to produce the horror anthology The ABCs of Death. Each director will be assigned one letter of the alphabet to turn into a short film. Some of the more notable talent involved Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Ti West (The House of the Devil), and Srdjan Sapsojevic (A Serbian Film). The remaining confirmed are Angela Bettis, Ben Wheatley, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, Bruno Forzani and Héléne Cattet, Gadi Harel, Thomas Malling, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Simon Rumley, Tak Sakaguchi and Yuji Shimomura, Marcel Sarmiento, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Jake West and Adam Wingard. The plan is to fill one slot with the winner of a worldwide contest, reminiscent of how Eisener got his start as an amateur filmmaker who landed Hobo With a Shotgun in the fake trailers section of Grindhouse.
Production is scheduled for this June. The plan is to complete filming exactly 6 months, 6 weeks, and 6 days later in January 2012. Read quotes from the producers after the jump.
Alamo Drafthouse CEO/Founder Tim League told Variety:
“The ABCs of Death offers us a chance to work closely with a large number of visionary filmmakers to create a film with more jaw-dropping moments than a whole summer of blockbusters.”
Timpson Films CEO Ant Timpson adds:
“This project was inspired by my young sons being introduced to the world through their ABCs books. The idea of subverting that format to reveal a study in all the dastardly and humorous ways a person can leave this world appealed on multiple levels… it was somewhat fitting to learn that the earliest forms of the ABCs books actually did use fear of punishment to teach the young.”
As a cinephile who generally shies away from the scary movie, I don’t believe I am the target audience for this, especially with all the gimmicrky. But for the true horror film buffs out there, this sounds pretty awesome.