The ABCs of Death. Twenty-six short films from 26 horror directors, each addressing a cause of death for each letter of the alphabet. We spoke to Ti West about his segment, "M is for Miscarriage."
A simple question for two old-school horror fans: what's the appeal of an anthology film?
It's truly a mixed bag (by definition), so there is something for everyone. It's hard to make a great anthology, because someone may like some of the stories and not the others. You have to be open to all types of stories to really appreciate the delivery.
What's your favorite Creepshow segment?
The first Creepshow is great but "The Raft..."
Yes! From Creepshow 2. That one really sticks with horror fans.
Yeah, it's iconic, and was a staple for me growing up. Also, I know it's technically cable TV but the Tales from the Crypt series was as good as it gets.
Do you think there's a reason that short horror films or anthology segments seem to work in the horror genre?
I think a lot of it has to do with attention spans, and the visceral element of horror films. A lot of people see horror movies just for exploitable elements. An anthology film usually delivers those pretty quick, and in all different ways. They are less focused on story, and more on the "horror." It's like a variety show of sorts. For a lot of people that is what they want out of horror movies, and the storytelling bogs it down for them. Well, anthologies seem to be the answer.
How would you describe ABCs, as a whole, to a potential viewer?
It's anarchy. I mean there is nothing else like it. In a way, it's almost like a crazy art installation. I could see it playing on a loop on a TV in the background of parties for years to come. It has real cult potential.
Can you describe your contribution to The ABCS of Death?
Based on everyone involved, I knew there was no way I could compete with the craziness. So I felt like the way for me to stand out would be to make something really plain and simple, but really sorta shameful. I wanted to subvert expectations and deliver something that would make you put your head on your hands and groan.
What was your earliest experience with death? Were you terrified of the idea as a kid?
One time a car flipped over in front of my house, and the driver crawled out missing an arm. My neighbors ran out and picked it up with paper towels. I can still picture it so vividly.
My editors would kick me if I didn't ask you to give us some info on your new feature. What's the deal with Sacrament?
I'm keeping my mouth shut for now. I feel like every time I go online I know everything about every movie before I even see them. I miss not knowing everything. I miss the mystery. Gonna see if I can manage keeping my mouth shut up until the premiere.
Thanks to Mr. West for a short chat about a very short film. For interviews with all of the ABCs of Death directors, please check out the official Tumblr page.
THE ABCs OF DEATH is now available on Cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Zune, Playstation Market, VUDU and Google Play; in theaters starting March 8th from Magnet Releasing.