The ABCs of Death (2012)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.


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Kaare Andrews , Angela Bettis , Hélène Cattet , Ernesto Díaz Espinoza , Jason Eisener , Bruno Forzani , Adrián García Bogliano , Xavier Gens , Jorge Michel Grau , Lee Hardcastle , Noboru Iguchi , Thomas Cappelen Malling , Anders Morgenthaler , Yoshihiro Nishimura , Banjong Pisanthanakun , Simon Rumley , Marcel Sarmiento , Jon Schnepp , Srdjan Spasojevic , Timo Tjahjanto , Andrew Traucki , Nacho Vigalondo , Jake West , Ti West , Ben Wheatley , Adam Wingard , Yudai Yamaguchi


Ant Timpson (based on a nightmare by), Nacho Vigalondo, Adrián García Bogliano, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Marcel Sarmiento, Simon Rumley, Jon Schnepp (segment), Dimitrije Vojnov, Yudai Yamaguchi (segment), Noboru Iguchi (segment), Simon Barrett, Ti West, Kaare Andrews, Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet, Yoshihiro Nishimura (segment), Keith Calder (story by), Srdjan Spasojevic, Lee Hardcastle (segment), Martha Poly Vil (original idea)

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30 October 2013 | Michael_Elliott
Ambitious but Very Flawed at Times
The ABCs of Death (2012)

** (out of 4)

Incredibly ambitious horror film had 27 directors given a letter of the alphabet and they had to come up with a short film on a certain type of death. Anthology films are always uneven whenever they just have three, four or five stories. Considering this here has twenty-six different short films you can just imagine without watching it that there's going to be a lot of uneven moments but the bad news here is that the majority of the films aren't all that good. With that said, the film is so ambitious and the films that do work are so bizarre that it's still easy to recommend this film to die hard fans of the genre. Of the twenty-six films here I'd say these letters are the best: A, D, K, L, M, N, Q, T, X and Z. As you can see, not too many of them are what I would consider "good" or better. Of all of these I thought "A" got us off to a pretty good start because of how over-the-top and violent it is. Just when you stop laughing from one gore shot you're hit with something even more graphic and shocking for a twisted good time. The "D" episode deals with a fight between a man and a dog with a nice little twist. With "K" we get a somewhat amusing cartoon. "L" is without question the most disturbing, disgusting and rather shocking film. It involves two men being strapped down and they have various sexual acts performed in front of them. The men then will have to get themselves turned up and masturbate with the first one to "finish" being declared the winner. This one here is disturbing on so many levels. "X" is a pretty bizarre and graphic look at an overweight woman who grows tired of being laughed at so goes to an extreme to lose weight. The finale "Z" is so sexually perverted that it's clear the MPAA members must have already walked out for this to have gotten a R-rating. Overall, THE ABCs OF DEATH is mostly a lot of fair films with a few that stick out. The only one I'd call awful was the letter "F," which deals with farts. There are some pretty well-known directors here as well as several up and coming ones but at 129-minutes the film just becomes a real chore to sit through so many will probably just want to break the film up and watch it pieces at a time.

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