We recently got a chance to grill director Ben Wheatley (Kill List) about his segment of The ABCs of Death. This upcoming anthology film is made up of 26 short films, each directed by a different modern master of horror. In each segment, a different letter of the alphabet represents a different way to die. So what did Ben have to say about the project?
Which segment are you?
I don't know if I'm allowed to say. I got a stern email from the producers the other day. But it was very good fun. It was violent and kinetic. We got to work with Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley again, and Rob Hill, who is also in Down Terrace. I've sneaked a peek at some of the other [segments] and they are bonkers! I think it's going to be quite the movie.
Did you find yourself collaborating with any of the other filmmakers?
I didn't know anything about anything with them. I know some of the people, like Jason Eisner and Jake West, but I didn't know what they were going to do.
Did you get to pick which letter?
I can't remember. I think I asked for a letter and I didn't get it. But I got a good letter so I was happy. The good letters are the ones up front.
Right - before the audience gets bored?
[Laughs] You want to be in the first six minutes or so. I did it because it was Alamo. Tim League [founder of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin] asked, and I'd do anything for Tim. He broke us with Down Terrace and that was the beginning of me making movies.