|Title:||The ABCs of Death|
|09.22.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
Sigh. So there was a little snafu and we ended up having to watch the 6 month-old work print version which I guess is significantly different (and worse) than the final cut. The premise is that Tim League and Ant Timpson gave 5 grand to 26 directors to make a short involving each letter of the alphabet in a horror-themed slant (e.g. A is for Apocalypse, B is for Bigfoot, etc.). The title cards come up at the end telling you what the word is and who directed it so the film's structure becomes a little like a game where you try and guess what's going on and what the word is. A few of them worked, some of them were bizarre in a typical Alamo/Fantastic Fest way, and some of them were in my opinion total misses. Furthermore, it seems like there wasn't enough producer oversight... like they just handed out the money and took what they got back and threw it in the template. There's a joke that works very well for "Q" by Adam Wingard but Jon Schnepp uses the same joke for "W" and it lessened the whole thing for me because there's only room for it once.
I'm told there's a bunch of changes in the final print and a lot of pacing issues have been fixed. I could tell that Tim was pretty upset to have the first FantasticFest screening of his baby be compromised and I would be too, but I'm also a little peeved that he managed to bring everyone to Toronto for the premiere but there were some significant absenses for the Austin screening. Considering this is the most like Fantastic Fest distilled into one film (I think Tim said something like 23 of the 26 directors had previous films play the fest), there should have been a real blow-out event for this I think. If he's willing to put something from Wrong as the official FF shirt, he should've had everyone here for ABCs and had some special party and given out the alphabetical hats to the audience and done some other shit to really go all out.
So I'm kind of bummed that I didn't see the final cut, especially since I didn't like this version enough to want to watch it again.