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As another nudge to horror fans to remember to vote for the 26th director to be included in The ABCs of Death anthology film, producers Ant Timpson and Tim League have written a note to everyone who entered the contest and also put together a red-band compilation of some of the highlights from the “T Is for…” short films submitted for voting thus far.

The ABCs of Death is an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world. The feature is comprised of 26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film’s producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow’s next great horror filmmaker. A winner will be chosen after online voting ends on November 1, 2011.

The search to find the 26th director has produced over 170 short films from the UK, the USA, Australia, Japan, France, Spain, Colombia, Ukraine, New Zealand, Croatia, Germany, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia, Poland, Quebec, and Chile. The competition has yielded over 35,000 individual votes. Click here to view the entrants and select your favorite.

Here’s what Ant and Tim have to say to the 26th director contestants:

When we approached Magnolia Pictures with the concept of a 26th Director competition being part of the THE ABCs OF DEATH feature film, they were excited as us. And yet, the idea that a wildcard filmmaker could end up with a short inside the feature film still sounded risky to all of us to say the least!

However, we’d like to make it official just how fucking ecstatic we are with the competition overall. The number of entries exceeded all expectations, and so did the level of creativity and imagination on display. The talent shown in several submissions has been world class and foretells of a great future for horror cinema.

Since there can be only one eventual winner, we want to take a moment to acknowledge that a number of great submissions could have easily been included in the feature film. Unfortunately, though, there can be only one, which will be revealed on November 15th, 2011.

And so to every individual who participated in whatever capacity in THE ABCs OF DEATH 26th Director competition…

We thank you from the bottom of our very bloody hearts.

Ant Timpson & Tim League
PRODUCERS of The ABCs of Death

The following is the list of already named participating directors, along with their countries of origin and reference titles from each of their filmographies:

  • Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA
  • Angela Bettis (Roman), USA
  • Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Chile
  • Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Canada
  • Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Belgium
  • Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico
  • Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman), France
  • Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Mexico
  • Noburo Iguchi (RoboGeisha), Japan
  • Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Norway
  • Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Denmark
  • Yoshihrio Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Japan
  • Banjong Pisathanakun (Shutter), Thailand
  • Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), UK
  • Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), USA
  • Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse; The Venture Bros.), USA
  • Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Serbia
  • Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Indonesia
  • Andrew Traucki (The Reef), Australia
  • Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes), Spain
  • Jake West (Doghouse), UK
  • Ti West (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers), USA
  • Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace; Kill List), UK
  • Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), USA
  • Yudai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon), Japan

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    Three 1970’s Horrors That Remind Us Why We Enjoy Getting Mental at the Movies

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    Crazy is always creepy in horror movies, and it usually comes in two forms: insane escapees or the sane among the crazies.

    It’s one storytelling technique when a mental patient escapes and enters our own ordered, peaceful world. It’s quite another when a film drops us in the middle of an asylum to cope with crazy people who, in those movies, always seem to want to stab us.

    First off, let me say the mentally ill are one of the most misunderstood and scapegoated minorities in movie history. Other stereotypes have disappeared from the silver screen over the years, but it’s still convenient to blame a killing rampage on an escaped mental patient. We’ll just chalk this up to lazy writing and move on.

    Yes, “mentally ill” has become shorthand for “bloodthirsty and lacking in social etiquette.” Kudos to “American Horror Story’s” second season, subtitled “Asylum,” for adding some subtlety to that convention. Seventies horror movies, though, were riddled with stereotypes, enough so that when we travel back to that groovy and dangerous time, we can merrily ignore them and enjoy the scare.

    Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972) is a fairly standard who-is-the-killer flick that turns terrifying in the last 20 minutes, when all hell breaks loose and the inmates, quite literally, take over the asylum. There is a nice, icy buildup throughout.

    The populace of a small town are suspiciously nervous when a local mansion that had once been a mental institution goes up for sale. Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul) plays it numbingly cool throughout, until the climax, adding punch to the big reveals.

    Also known by Night of the Dark Full Moon and Death House, this film is directed by Theodore Gershuny and written by Gershuny, Jeffrey Konvitz and Ira Teller. It’s always a good sign for consistency of vision when the director is also a writer.

    I don’t know a lot of people raving about this film. It’s certainly not perfect, but a solid effort in that ’70s B-movie category, seriously creepy, and worth watching. Recommended.

    Asylum (1972) has everything I enjoy about well-done, early ’70s horror: a fairly simple premise, creepy sets, and solid acting. The anthology setup works well here, stringing four Robert Bloch stories together. Peter Cushing and Herbert Lom show up along with Britt Ekland and Barbara Parkins.

    The effects are not at all bad. Hope you view a cut of this movie that shows a stagehand rather obviously moving a prop in the “Frozen Fear” segment because those kinds of mistakes are fun to see.

    Directed by Roy Ward Baker, Asylum delivers like any of the Amicus horror movies: similar to Hammer in that you know you will be entertained. Recommended for classic pre-slasher horror movie fans.

    Then there’s Don’t Look in the Basement (1973). I was smart enough to see this in a theater when it came out… but dumb enough to bring a date. What a terrible first date movie!

    On the other hand, Don’t Look in the Basement is a very creepy horror film due to several elements that come together beautifully:

    – First, it has that grainy, cheap look to it like many early ’70s B-movies that, for me, adds to the mood. That look tells me positively this is not a big studio production. “Oh, this is one of THOSE movies,” says my head. “Anything can happen!” Tension builds.

    – Second, it has an obviousness to it that can be unnerving when filmed correctly. Hitchcock used to do this well: We in the audience know the danger, but the hero on screen is completely clueless. We know from the minute the blonde nurse accepts her new job she shouldn’t be there — heck, we knew she shouldn’t even have come into the house!

    – Third, most all of the characters may be insane, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own distinct stories, personalities and phobias. Crazy is not random. As Grant Morrison wrote in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the thoughts of the insane are not unpatterned. Each person has his or her own complex view of reality, no matter how wrong that perception might be.

    There’s also a good deal of blood. And a surprise reveal. Don’t Look in the Basement has been recognized as a B-movie classic, and I enthusiastically recommend it here.

    Three 1972 to 1973 horror movies and all three recommended! You may or may not disagree, and if so, I want to hear why! What are your favorite asylum flicks? Comment below or on social media.

    Gary Scott Beatty’s graphic novel Wounds is available on Amazon and Comixology. Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse? The strangest zombie story ever written, Wounds throws us into a world where nothing is beyond doubt, except a father’s concern for his wife and daughter. If you enjoy that “What th-?” factor in graphic novels, you’ll enjoy Wounds.

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    Samuel L. Jackson Wraps on M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

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    That was fast. It was just two weeks ago that we shared your first on-set look at Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Unbreakable/Split sequel, and today we have news that Jackson has wrapped his role.

    The update comes to us directly from Shyamalan himself who took to Twitter to let us all know that not only has Sam Jackson wrapped his role in Glass, but there is only one week left of filming overall.

    Here is his tweet:

    Does this mean the crew has gathered up enough footage to give us all a teaser trailer in the near future? I would think so, so let’s not be too surprised if that’s just what we get before the end of the year.

    Fingers crossed.

    The film is written & directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya-Taylor Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, and Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass.

    Glass hits theaters January 18, 2019.

    Synopsis:

    Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

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    Short Film: Tony Morales’ Hada Will Creep You Out

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    Here at Dread Central, we are always on the lookout to peep and share cool new horror shorts from around the web. Case in point, director Tony Morales’ Hada.

    The short film was selected for 260 festivals and received 50 awards, and you can now check it out in its entirety below.

    I watched it this past weekend and there were more than a few shots contained within that chilled my bones. All about those feet moving up onto the bed. Brr. That’s all I’ll say.

    Actually, I’ll say a (tiny) bit more: Someone needs to give Morales a shot at one of the new Conjuring-universe films. I think he’d knock it out of the park.

    Watch the flick and you’ll see what I mean.

    Again, you can check out the short below and then after giving the film a viewing, make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below!

    You can become a fan of the short film on Facebook HERE.

    Synopsis:

    Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because his last child tooth has fallen out. What Daniel doesn´t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.

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