Promising 26 new ways to die, the red band trailer for The ABCs of Death 2 is another hodgepodge of violent imagery and delightful snacking options. It lives up to its NSFW coloration, too. People are shot, stabbed and axed, cheeks are bitten clean through, and one woman performs an homage to either Clockwork Orange or penises in general.
It’s another trailer to press play on just as your boss walks by your office/cubicle/fry station.
The first ABCs of Death installment was a lopsided anthology where the terrible outweighed the good (made worse because the good wasn’t blended in evenly), but here’s the thing about projects like these: hope springs eternal. Beyond the structural limitations and the gruesome concept, there’s nothing genuinely linking this movie to its predecessor. It’s a new batch of filmmakers, which refreshes the well of optimism.
It hits VOD October 2nd and theaters on Halloween (which is weird timing for a horror movie…), but my unsolicited advice to Drafthouse Films is to release it also as a playlist-style streaming option to make skipping through the garbage easier.
If you can’t wait, there’s essentially an entire other, unofficial version of ABCs of Death 2 that was created by the contest to find the final director. A ton of great shorts came out of that process that are already online.
Plus, be on the lookout for reviews soon, because I have a sneaking suspicion this one will play Fantastic Fest.