This is hugely disappointing, not because I am a die-hard fan of the ABCs of Death films but because of what this means for indie film in general. Independent filmmakers work tirelessly to get their films out there and when people would rather steal their work than pay a few bucks to show their support, it hurts everyone.
“Tim [League] and I are thinking about it,” Timpson told the outlet in regards to a third film. “At the end of the day, it’s a financial thing. Sequels always drop down a little bit from the first film, and [The ABCs Of Death 2] got pirated up the wazoo, so that sucked. We got pirated before VOD, even. Before our world premiere. That’s the worst case scenario. That’s the Expendables scenario. It really hurt us a lot, so we’ll have to crunch the numbers, talk to Magnolia Pictures, and see what’s going on.”
The concept behind The ABCs of Death offers 26 different directors and 26 ways to die. Both the first and second entries in the series feature short submissions from directors all over the world and each segment tackles a different letter of the alphabet. The second incarnation offered vignettes helmed by some terrific talent, including E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), The Soska Sister (American Mary), Vincenzo Natali (Cube), and more.
ABC’s of Death 2 debuted on VOD on October 2, 2014. and enjoyed a limited theatrical release October 31st of the same year.