Although the final product was hit-or-miss for most viewers, THE ABCS OF DEATH (review here) had a huge following during its production, mainly due to the concept. It also garnered a lot of attention when the producers issued a competition for a short to be included in the final film. And now the upcoming sequel has done the same thing. Since THE ABCS OF DEATH 2 is nearing the final submissions for this second competition, and since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured we could take a look back at some of the great horror shorts submitted to the first film that didn’t end up in the original ABCS OF DEATH.
For those who were unaware of the original contest, it was to create a short around the letter T. The winning submission was Lee Hardcastle’s “T is for Toilet”, a claymation that’s as funny as it is gory. So even if you weren’t entirely satisfied with THE ABCS OF DEATH, at the very least we should all appreciate the fact that they inspired plenty of entertaining shorts that we can now watch.
It’s Halloween time, and the perfect season for fitting in as much horror as you are humanly able, so give these shorts a shot. You can watch them all in full right here, right now.
“T is for Termite”
I’m a sucker for outrageous creature effects, so Steve Daniels’ short is one of my personal favorites. It’s a post-apocalyptic punk story, with an imagination straight out of the sci-fi horror films of the 50’s.
“T is for Tantrum”
This short is from director Jack Perez (SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE), and tells a great story with very minimal dialogue. Some of the greatest shorts don’t stop to explain ‘why’ or ‘how’, but just present a scene and let the viewer fill in the blanks. That’s also the proven method of classic horror from the 50’s and 60’s.
“T is for Table”
You can see it coming from a mile away, and yet it’s still awesome every step of the way. This short from director Shane Free has since been released as simply “The Table”.
“T is for Thread”
Director Chris Nash didn’t win the competition with this short, but it earned him enough attention that he has recently been announced as an official director on THE ABCS OF DEATH 2. Check it out.
“T is for Tips”
This short from director Christopher Baker is for anyone with a twisted sense of humor. It’s a hilarious fable of-sorts with a very likable central character. Enjoy!
Great horror shorts that didn’t make it into THE ABCS OF DEATH, and are no longer available to watch online
Unfortunately two of the runner ups in the contest have since been removed and are no longer available to watch online. They are:
- “T is for Turbo” – directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell
- “T is for Talk” – directed by Peter Haynes