The ABCs Of Death; If you like a bit of gore, mixed with silliness, some stupidness, laughs and a few shock (very few) moments, then perhaps out of boredom check out this unique horror anthology film.
Maybe one of the best horror film ideas I’ve heard in a while, 26 shorts by 26 directors, each given a letter that they have to base the theme of death around. Brilliant!
I was looking forward to watching it so much after hearing about this concept that maybe that’s where I went wrong with this one.
Okay, so I knew I probably wouldn’t like all 26 shorts, but I liked just 9, and out of that 9 I loved maybe 5/6 of them. The rest had me either yawning, thinking “WTF” and not in a good way. I was mostly just wishing many of them would hurry up and end so I could see what the next one was, and these are short stories of only 5 minuets don’t forget. As a viewer a five minute story should be able to keep me entertained, yet often you aren’t. I’ve watched not-so-good full length features that I’d watch again over most of the shorts in this film.
This anthology isn’t really horror all the time, it’s a mix of random stories, so don’t go into this thinking it’s all about horror as you’ll be even more disappointed. There’s also a mixture of cartoons and plasticine animation which never works as a frightening or good death scene for me personally.
Overall the film is OK. And that’s being nice. If you have a thing for death this could be your type of film.
Personally for me The ABCs of Death could have been so much better and I was really sad that is wasn’t. There’s some messed up things in this film, and not always in a good way (well the way I like). At least ¼ of the directors should have stayed away from bathroom themes and bums, as much as I like a nice bottom. That’s all I’m saying on that. For F’s sake.
WICKED RATING: 4/10 [usr 4]
Title: The ABC’s Of Death
Director: 26 of them!
Stars: Even more than lots
Studio/ Production Co: Magnet Releasing, Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films
Budget: $5,000/short = $130,000
Length: 129 mins
Sub-Genre: Horror Anthology