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Good short film collections are lovingly culled from disparate sources, so it's no surprise that the entries in this for-hire horror anthology—in which 25-odd international filmmakers were tapped to provide brief, cheap chillers pegged to a letter of the alphabet—are berserkly inconsistent. What's unexpected is how thoroughly The ABCs of Death's ample duds overshadow its treasures, and how uninspired it feels as a whole.

Blame a premise that's both feather-light and almost unworkably wide open, along with an apparent edict by producers and horror film festival impresarios Ant Timpson and Tim League to get boobs, gore, child endangerment, and colorectal hijinks into every segment. Schtick-meisters and would-be taboo-smashers fare the worst: Timo Tjahjanto's »

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