Robert Boocheck’s M Is For Masticate has won Magnet Releasing’s ABCs Of Death 2’s ‘Search for the 26th Director’.

The film, produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, is an anthology by well-known horror directors of 26 alphabet-themed ways to die. The final entry, the letter M, was selected via a competition inviting international filmmakers to submit their own M-themed deaths.

ABCs Of Death 2 is a sequel to ABCs of Death, which held a similar competition to find the T entry.

Boocheck, a Los Angeles-based music promo and commercials director, was chosen from 541 entries from 40 countries and picked up a $5,000 cash prize.

M Is For Masticate will become ABCs of Death 2’s official M segment.

“Its clever mix of comedy and splatter, capped off with a hilarious punchline, embodies everything the ABCs Of Death is about, and will make a wonderful addition to our anthology,” said associate producer and competition organiser Ted Geoghegan.

The winner was announced by Tim League, the Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO, at a sold-out Drafthouse event in Austin, Texas on December 16. Every finalist - and a handful of select others – was screened theatrically to the public for free.

ABCs Of Death 1.5: The 26th Director Edition, a feature- length anthology of select entries in this year’s competition will be released digitally.