Monday, October 14, 2013

The ABCs of Death (2012)

Directors: Kaare Andrews,  Angela Bettis, Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Bruno Forzani, Adrián García ogliano, Xavier Gens, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Jorge Michel Grau, 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

Writers: TONS

Starring: TONS

Composers: TONS

More info: IMDb

Tagline: 26 Directors, 26 Ways to Die

Plot: 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."

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not.

This is one of those films that, for a lot of folks, the concept is higher than the finished product. I LOVE the concept.  Horror anthologies are usually hit and miss with at least one good story.  This one is such that in 129 minutes you get 26 short films so if you don't like one, just wait a few short minutes and another will come along.  One of the fun things about it is they don't give you the title of each film until it ends so I had fun trying to guess the title as I'm watching it.  There are 26 films and naturally they can't all be good.  They're not but they're rarely boring or out and out bad.  There's a mix of serious and funny (Adam Wingard's "Q Is for Quack" was hilarious) and live action and animation (Lee Hardcastle's "T Is for Toilet" used claymation with great results).  One of my favorites was Marcel Sarmiento's "D Is for Dogfight".  Outstanding.  Even Srdjan "A SERBIAN FILM (2010)" Spasojevic has an entry, "R Is for Removed".  It seems as though there is a sequel scheduled to come out in 2014.  I'll be there.

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