The first ABCs of Death was, unsurprisingly, a mixed bag but there some great shorts by some very talented directors in amongst a few of more debatable quality. One of the most memorable and funniest was T is for Toilet, which was directed & animated by Lee Hardcastle.
Hardcastle was selected as the 26th director for the first film as part of an open competition and the makers of The ABCs of Death are running the same competition for the second film.
A number of the directors were announced in May but today the full list of directors was announced for the sequel in addition to details on how you can enter to be in with the chance of being the 26th director. Head to the Fantastic Fest website here to find out how.
Below is the complete list of directors taking part in The ABCs of Death 2, taken from the press release at Fantastic Fest.
Goya Award winner Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST)
ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher
Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton
Filipino icon – and Director's Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE)
Lithuania's Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES)
Japan's arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB)
SPLICE and CUBE's Vincenzo Natali
indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT)
THE COLLECTION's Marcus Dunstan
France's Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID)
E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS)
twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK)
Israel's Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES)
A LONELY PLACE TO DIE's Julian Gilbey
Brazil's most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY)
the founder of Nigerian "Nollywood" cinema Lancelot Imasuen
THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and the upcoming STAGEFRIGHT's Jerome Sable
animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEA
Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh
Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM)
Canada's king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (MANBORG)
Cuba's Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking
Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata (HENGE)
and Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS).
There are plenty of names that I'm pleased to see included in that list. Sion Sono, Vincenzo Natali, Larry Fessenden,Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are probably top of my list but there are plenty more to get excited about too.
The ABCs of Death 2 will be released at some point next year, presumably following a number of festival showings. Below is the trailer for the hunt for the 26th director.