Filmmaker Shade Rupe would like to become the 26th director for Drafthouse Film’s “The ABCs of Death” horror anthology. Rupe’s entry, “T is for Trick,” embedded below has been hailed by “Hellraiser” director Clive Barker as “bloody good work.” Check out what Barker had to say:

“Hey there Shade,

That was an elegantly shot, sharply edited and strongly conceived and directed four minutes of film-making. Colour me impressed. You managed to imply a whole range of character options for us, from which entirely plausible narrative solutions spilled. Very fine, courageous work from you and your actors. I hit the heart to say I’d been there. I hope it helps and i will certainly make sure my guys do the same.

Bloody good work, my friend.”

Head over to to see Rupe’s entry. You can also vote on other director’s entries as well by clicking here. Voting ends October 31, and after the voting, the top ten films will then be watched by the 25 official directors of the film anthology. The winner will be announced November 26, their prize not only being one of the directors of “The ABCs of Death,” but also $5,000.

“The ABCs of Death” features directors Banjong Pisanthanakun (“Shutter,” “Alone”) Angela Bettis (“Roman”) Adrian Garcia Bogliano (“Cold Sweat”) Jason Eisener (“Hobo With A Shotgun”) Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (“Mirageman”) Bruno Forzani and Héléne Cattet (“Amer”) Gadi Harel (“DeadGirl”) Thomas Malling (“Norwegian Ninja”) Yoshihiro Nishimura (“Tokyo Gore Police,” “Frankenstein Girl Vs. Vampire Girl”) Simon Rumley (“The Living and the Dead,” “Red, White and Blue”) Tak Sakaguchi and Yuji Shimomura (“Yakuza Weapon”) Marcel Sarmiento (“DeadGirl”) Srdjan Spasojevic (“A Serbian Film”) Timo Tjahjanto (“Macabre”) Andrew Traucki (“Black Water,” “The Reef”) Nacho Vigalando (“TimeCrimes”) Jake West (“Doghouse,” “Evil Aliens”) Ti West (“The House of the Devil,” “The Innkeepers”) and Ben Wheatley (“Down Terrace,” “Kill List”) creating short films featuring all the ways a person can die from A to Z.

T is for Trick from Shade Rupe on Vimeo.

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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