The ABCs of Death (2012)
26 Directors| 26 Ways to Die
The ABCs of Death is quite a tricky movie to discuss in it’s entirety as it’s an anthology comprised of 26 short horror films from a host of some of the biggest and bloodiest names in the genre. Each short begins with a different letter of the alphabet and tells a macabre tale involving ‘death.’ The segments range from excellent to average with some even quite uninspired. Each short was shot with a different production crew from around the world making the aesthetic of each feel quite different, and while there was nothing to link all the segments together, the film as a whole did feel a bit detached.
Each segment runs for about four to five minutes, so if you dislike a short greatly, it doesn’t run for too long and something new begins right away. I was lucky enough to catch an ‘unfinished’ screening of the film which hadn’t been fully censored and I was both shocked and impressed with some of the content explored throughout the movie. The shorts range from Lee Hardcastle’s hilarious stop motion tale about a young boy who is afraid to use the toilet (yes, there is a lot of crude humor in many of the shorts), to Xavier Gens’ disturbing XXL which seemed to strike a chord with most in the theater. Other highlights were Jason Eisener’s short, a twisted tribute to 80s music videos, and Timo Tjahjanto’s amazingly sick segment, which has to be seen to be believed, but is definitely not for those who are easily offended! While I enjoyed what every director had to offer, some might have trouble sitting through the 120 minute plus running time, as it may be too demanding for those who aren’t totally interested in the bizarre concept or the genre.
I could go on for pages and pages discussing each film and little stories about their productions, but ultimately, if you are a horror fan I think there is a lot to love about The ABCs of Death. It’s an ambitious project which doesn’t always work; it does have some pacing issues and not all the shorts are winners, but is pure horror insanity for the sick at heart from start to finish. During the question and answer panel after the screening, co-producer Ant Timpson stated that other producers had approached them about creating an ABCs of Action, I couldn’t help but laugh at the idea, envisioning Michael Bay directing E is for Explosion, and thinking, that The ABCs of Death could have been disastrous had it been handled differently.
The ABCs of Death is definitely worth checking out if you are interested in horror, best viewed with a few friends and some drinks!
4 / 5 – Recommended
Reviewed by Mr. Movie
The ABCs of Death is released through Monster Pictures Australia