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The ABC's OF DEATH is an ambitious anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children's educational ABC books, the motion picture is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and ultimately confrontational; THE ABC's OF DEATH is the definitive snapshot of the diversity of modern horror. Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films are proud to present this alphabetical arsenal of destruction orchestrated by what Fangoria calls "a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world." Written by
The ABC's of Death is a horror anthology in which 26 directors are given a letter of the alphabet, they have to come up with one word starting with that letter and are given creative freedom on how to incorporate that into their 'death' segment. Each short begins and ends with the colour red, the rest is a wild, weird and grotesque trip into some of the demented minds behind horror.
This film is a classic example of interesting idea, poor execution. The biggest problem with the film is how uneven it is. Giving total freedom to 26 different directors is a blessing and a curse. The curse aspects come from how weird some of these are and how lazy the others appear to be. Finishing the film I can only remember a handful of them and even less are ones that I enjoyed. I guess I'll break it down by letter:
A - an exercise in torture with a twist ending that doesn't really serve the story.
B - Here's one that is a lazy attempt at a horrific bedtime story that doesn't end well for the storyteller.
C - Groundhog day with death, a half realized idea.
D - Probably one of the better ones that people like. Well shot, good set ups and executions.
E - I forgot what this one was and had to look it up, which should tell you for forgettable it is.
F - This one had me scratching my head in hilarious confusion. I thought the Japanese were weird before, this one shines a new light on everything.
G - A POV take that bores you to death.
H - Another humorous and odd concoction of giant dogs and foxes during WWII.
I - One of many that leaves you confused about what the director intended.
J - Something Takishi Miike would probably make if he were to take part.
K - A cartoon about a piece of poop that kills a woman...funny? I don't know.
L - Another entry from the Japanese market, another uncomfortable sequence that makes you wonder what they are drinking over there.
M - Ti West's entry, the laziest one of the bunch that runs about 2 minutes.
N - A comedic entry about a bird that should keep his mouth shut.
O - Visually striking, lacking story.
P - Realism about prostitution and the lengths one will go for her family. Icky ending.
Q - A self parody about the filmmakers who are upset they were given the letter Q.
R - From the guy who brought you A Serbian Film...nuff said.
S - A tale about drugs, felt like an Australian entry.
T - Claymation about a poor kid who fears the toilet. I kinda liked it.
U - Second POV, only with a story and more involvement.
V - Seems the director wanted to showcase his skills as an action director more than wanting to have an entry in this anthology.
W - A youtube like entry that should have been given to someone else.
X - Great story, great gore, even if it is predictable, it is one of the better entries.
Y - Odd, weird, gross.
Z - the absolute strangest of the bunch, feels like Japanese parody porn.
So this film has more misses than hits. I can 't really recommend this because of the oddity of the entries being so weird and uneven. I would advise people to simply watch Masters of Horror if you want to watch some horror stories from masters of the genre.
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