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4th February 2013 12:30:00
Posted by Anthony Nield

Cinema News: The ABCs of Death in April

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Monster Pictures announced today that The ABCs of Death, an anthology of 26 short films, directed by 26 Directors depicting 26 ways to die will be released theatrically in the UK & Eire in 26 cinemas nationwide on the 26 April 2013.

Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors, listed below, were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death:

Apocalypse Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes), Spain
Bigfoot Adrían Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico
Cycle Ernesto Díaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Chile
Dogfight Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), USA
Exterminate Angela Bettis (Roman), USA
Fart Noburu Iguchi, (Robo Geisha), Japan
Gravity Andrew Traucki (The Reef), Australia
Hydro-Electric Diffusion Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Norway
Ingrown Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Mexico
Jidai-Geki Yudai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon), Japan
Klutz Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Denmark
Libido Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Indonesia
Miscarriage Ti West (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers), USA
Nuptials Banjong Pisathanakun (Shutter), Thailand
Orgasm Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Belgium
Pressure Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), UK
Quack Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), USA
Removed Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Serbia
Speed Jake West (Doghouse), UK
Toilet Lee Hardcastle (T is For Toilet), UK
Unearthed Ben Wheatley (Kill List), UK
Vagitus Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA
WTF! Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse; The Venture Bros), USA
XXL Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman), France
Youngbuck Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Canada
Zetsumetsu Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Japan

The film will receive its UK premiere at this this year’s Glasgow Film Festival as part of Film4Frightfest (tickets for this event have already sold out) and its Irish premiere at the inaugural Twisted Celluloid Film Festival at the Triskel Arts Centre.

The 26 cinemas where The ABCs of Death will be screening at on 26 April 2013 are as follows:

ABERDEEN, Belmont Picturehouse
BELFAST, QFT
BRIGHTON, Duke of York's Picturehouse
BRISTOL, Watershed
CAMBRIDGE, Arts Picturehouse
CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian Cinema
CARDIFF, Chapter
DERBY Quad
EDINBURGH, Cameo Picturehouse
EXETER, Exeter Picturehouse
GLASGOW, Grosvenor Cinema
LEEDS, Hyde Park Picture House
LEICESTER, Phoenix Square
LONDON, Stratford East Picturehouse
LONDON, Clapham Picturehouse
LONDON, Hackney Picturehouse
LONDON, Greenwich Picturehouse
LONDON, Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton
LONDON, Prince Charles Cinema
LIVERPOOL, Picturehouse at FACT
NEWCASTLE, Tyneside Cinema
NORWICH, Cinema City
OXFORD, Phoenix Picturehouse
SOUTHAMPTON, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Stratford Picturehouse
YORK, City Screen Picturehouse

Tickets for many of the venues are available to pre-order now. The ABCs of Death will also be previewed in selected cities around the UK. Further details will be announced shortly.

For further information and details about The ABCs of Death go to the film’s official website www.26waystodie.com and follow on Twitter @26waystodie.

A DVD and Blu-ray edition of The ABCs of Death is set to be released on 3 June 2013. Details about extras and special features will be announced later this year.

About Anthony Nield
Anthony hails from Cheltenham and has been writing about film for the best part of a decade. His particular obsessions include British and experimental cinema, non-fiction, and films that have fallen by the wayside. You'll find him reviewing such works in the DVD and Blu-ray sections, plus the occasional feature.