Monday, 15 June 2015

The ABC's Soup of Death's Rejects 3

It's like they had two ideas for the title, 'The ABC's Soup of Death' and 'The ABC's of Death Rejects' then decided to go with both, but hell, you won't forget it any time soon.

So a little background on this one, I'm sure by now you all know what The ABC's of Death is, twenty-five directors are each given a random letter and have to make a short film with the title starting with that latter and involving a death. But Blond Baka you marvellous man, I hear you cry, there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet aren’t they? Right you are, the final letter, T from the first film and M from the second, made up a contest where anyone could submit a film and after a public vote the winning film would be put into the finished movie. Six directors who entered the contest for the second ABC's of Death say they were accused of cheating, so in response they pulled their entries from the contest, putting together their shorts along with some newly filmed ones they released their own film. So in other words it kinda happened like this...

Now I can't say for sure weather their story is accurate as I've found no information about it other than their accounts, but it really doesn’t matter as the film they made is some kind of wonderful.

Seven directors contribited to the final film, Ryan Meade, Rob Bedard, Sebrina Bedard, Erik Zijlstra, Tom Sullivan, Raoul Duke, Jr. and Beth Norwowski. The film follows the same formula as the series from which it is derived, twenty-six short film, each involving a death (mostly, one or two I wasn't sure if anyone died) and each titled with a different letter.  How it differs is in feel, with its smaller team of directors there is a consistent tone throughout, so rather that feeling like a series of individual shorts this feels like a single film, like twenty six little glances into a strange parallel world, a world that is campy grindhouse insanity, the kind you only seem to get from independent movies these days. The shorts length vary much more as well, an early one seemed to be no longer than thirty seconds while the last one (and in my opinion best) must have been close to ten minutes, and this is used to the films advantage as you can be caught off guard when you expect a short will run longer but instead it has an abrupt ending which often leaves you with a good laugh.

As you can tell I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this a a fun film to check out if you are a fan of low budget independent films like I am, this movie throws horror, comedy, blood, some tits and grindhouse into a blender, turns it on and serves the delicious smoothy to you in a soup can.

Now I must tell you the film is limited to 100 copies so if you fancy it better get in quick, I've linked the website where you can order it at the bottom as well as the short KIDS which I believe is the only short from the film they have released online, check it out and enjoy.

"KIDS" One Minute Short from "The ABCS soup of DEATHS Rejects 3" Feature 2014 from Ryan Meade on Vimeo.

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