The anthology film that had so much promise bit left us a little disappointed last year has now been commissioned volume 2. ‘The ABC’s of Death’ featured 26 directors and 26 films to give us more death than Jason. While there were several stand out films that make the film a must buy (Adam Wingards clever ‘Q is for Quack’, Xavier Gens brutal ‘X is for XXL’ and Adam Wests ‘S is for Speed’), there were a lot of disappointing entries (namely Ti Wests ‘M is for Miscarriage’ and ‘F is for Fart’). Hopefully those following on the footsteps will learn and we have no doubt that volume 2 will give us bigger and better.
And who better to lead the attack than our favourite twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska (‘American Mary’ and ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’).
Vincenzo Natali who directed sci-fi chiller ‘Splice’ and the mind boggling ‘Cube’ is also added to the impressive roster including Robert Morgan, the brains being the too scary for TV animation ‘Bobby Yeah’. Marcus Dunstan whonwas behind the bloodthirsty ‘The Collection’ and France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (‘Livid’) add further promise to the sequel.
Confirmed are proven directors Sion Sono (‘Cold Fish’, ‘Suicide Club’), Larry Fessenden (‘Habit’), E.L. Katz (‘Cheap Thrills’), Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (‘Rabies’), Julian Gilbey (‘A Lonely Place to Die’) and controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (‘Love for Mother Only’).
Other directors on board are Álex de la Iglesia (‘Day of the Beast’), Rodney Ascher (‘Room 237’) as well as the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen.
A promising start and with the stars shining for part one, we can only hope that lessons have been learnt.