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The ABCs of Death for Halloween!

abcs-of-deathSplendid Cinema teaches you the ABCs

This Halloween, we’re going back to school with the bizarre international horror treat, The ABCs of Death, screening at Splendid Cinema on 27 October.

The project was ambitious: 26 horror directors were chosen and each given a letter of the alphabet. Each director had to select a word which began with that letter and then make a short film based on that idea.

Some of these short films are clever, some stupid; some gross, others chilling; some hysterical and some offensive. With 26 different directors, the film is uneven, of course, but also guaranteed to give something to everyone.

Directors include Xavier Gens, Angela Bettis, Nobou Iguchi, Jorge Michal Grau, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Ti West, Adam Wingard & Ben Wheatley. If none of those names are familiar, The ABCs of Death includes work from the directors of Machine Girl, May, Amer, Tokyo Gore Police, Shutter, A Serbian Film, Evil Aliens, Sightseers and House of the Devil. In total, work from 14 different countries is included: Mexico, Japan, France, Chile Spain, Norway, Denmark, Thailand, Serbia, Indonesia, Canada, Australia as well as from the USA & UK.

Here’s the bonkers trailer!


The screening starts at Worcester Arts Workshop on Sansome Street at 6.30pm with the box office open from 6pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or on the door with Café Bliss open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of the independent cinema’s screenings, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or follow the blog splendidcinema.wordpress.com, or on Twitter: @splendidcinema.

The ABCs of Death (14 countries, 2013, assorted directors) 123 min. 18.

27 October, 2013

Box office opens at 6pm, film begins at 6:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door, or in advance from

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

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Filed under Ben Wheatley, Horror Movies, Splendid Cinema, Upcoming films

2013/14 Season announced…

Here is the schedule for the first part of the 2013/14 Season.
29/9: Sightseers (UK, Ben Wheatley, 2012) – Ben Wheatley follows up on his breathtaking first film with this blacker than black comedy about two hapless tourists who turn to serial killing anyone who pisses them off.
13/10: Sound City (US, Dave Grohl, 2013): Foo Fighter’s frontman, Dave Grohl directs this documentary about the legendary Sound City studio in LA, where some of the greatest albums of the 1970s and 1980s were recorded. A fascinating story behind the music we love!
27/10: The ABCs of Death (multiple countries, 26 Directors, 2012): Audacious film project where 26 directors from around the world were each given a letter of the alphabet and expected to choose a word which pertains to death in some way and to make a short film about that word. Possibly the most bizarre film made all year!
10/11: No (Chile, Pablo Larrin, 2012): Chilean satire which tells the true story of the advertising campaign from 1988 which successfully ousted the bloody dictator of Augusto Pinochet. Gael Garcia Bernal stars in this Oscar nominated film.
24/11: The Hunt (DN, Thomas Vinterberg, 2012): Thomas Vinterberg returns with this devastating morality tale about a much-loved kindergarten teacher in a small town who is accused of molesting one of the children. Mads Mikkelsen gives an amazing performance. Not to be missed!
8/12: In the House (FR, Francois Ozon, 2012): Potiche director Ozon returns to Splendid Cinema screens with his latest comedy-of-manners about a high school teacher who encourages one of his students to further ingratiate himself within the family of another boy and seduce the boy’s mother. Possibly my favourite film of the year.
A reminder that all films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome St.).
Tickets are £5 on the door.
Box office opens at 6, for a 6:30 start.


Filed under General film, Splendid Cinema, Upcoming films