One of the great things about an anthology is getting a collection of interesting directors to play around in an interesting genre or milieu. The first “ABCs of Death” took it one step further, though, and nabbed 26 directors from around the world to tell weird, funny, and gross horror stories. Sure, they may not have all landed, but it was an interesting experiment.
Well, during Cannes, Magnet Releasing announced the production of a sequel, “The ABCs of Death 2,” and the initial director’s list is as odd and interesting as the film is likely to be.
One of the names on the list is “The Collection” director, Marcus Dunstan, who’ll be directing one of the unannounced shorts. Dunstan has some fine horror bona fides, having written and/or directed films like “Feast” and “Saw IV” and “V.” Dunstan is being joined by “Vanishing Waves” filmmakers Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, “Habit” director Larry Fessenden (it’s got vampire junkies), the “Inside” team of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, “Cheap Thrill’s” E.L. Katz, twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska (“American Mary”), the Israeli duo of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (“Rabies”), “A Lonely Place to Die” director Julian Gilbey, Brazilian Dennison Ramalho (“Ninjas,” “Love For Mother Only”), “The Legend of Beaver Dam’s” Jerome Sable, and BAFTA award-winning animator Robert Morgan.
The three names on the list that I’m especially excited about, though, are animator Bill Plympton, who’s been creating shorts independently for years under his Plymptoons label, “Splice” director Vincenzo Natali who knows how to do gross right, and last, but certainly not least, Japan’s Sion Sono. Sono directed “Suicide Club” and the baffling “Noriko’s Dinner Table,” its conceptual sequel. Between those two films and the squirm-inducing family dynamics of his “Cold Fish” or “Love Exposure,” Sono has been one of my favorite directors out of Japan for a while now.
“The ABCs of Death 2” will roll out sometime in 2014.