Exclusive: ‘ABCs of Death 2’ Director Larry Fessenden’s Favorite Movie Deaths
The horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2 is a movie about death, just like many other movies. The film tasks 26 directors to each direct a short film about the end of a person’s existence, and relate it to a word starting with a specific letter of the alphabet. Watching what horror filmmakers like Jen & Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Vincenzo Natali (Splice) and Larry Fessenden (Wendigo) can come up with is the real pleasure of the ABCs of Death film franchise, but what about all the deaths that came before?
Drafthouse Films asked all the ABCs of Death 2 directors to contribute their favorite death in movie history for this bloody supercut you see above you. SPOILER WARNING: This supercut contains major plot points for films like The Dark Knight Rises, The Deer Hunter and more.
Drafthouse Films also asked all the directors to explain their choices, and today CraveOnline debuts a short editorial from Larry Fessenden (N is for Nexus) about why he chose a scene from the 1987 horror classic The Stepfather as his favorite movie death of all time. He also provides several runners up (spoiler warnings for The Hitcher and The Mist have been issued.)
Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Larry Fessenden…
When I got this assignment, I thought of the scene in (the original) THE STEPFATHER where the daughter’s shrink is killed by the Stepfather by a 2×4. It struck me because the shrink is in over his head, he doesn’t understand the insanity he’s going up against. He thought he was helping a troubled girl. Because his death has that tragic dimension, it is more poignant.