The ABC’s of Death (2012)
It’s probably hard enough to make an anthology-type movie with just four or five directors, but The ABC’s of Death has TWENTY-SIX, one for each letter of the alphabet. As the name implies, each three to four minute segment features a person (or people) getting killed, with the cause of death starting with that respective letter. We certainly can’t review each one, but with entries like ‘D is for Dogfight’ and ‘Q is for Quack’, there is something for most horror fans. The stories are presented in a wide variety of styles from serious artsy entries to humorous animations, and everything in-between. Each director had $5,000 and free reign to do whatever they wanted as long as the scene featured their letter and opened and closed on a red background. With directors from around the world, all twenty-six stories are unique and vary a lot based on the director’s country of origin. And yes… F is for Fart!
Alex’s Thoughts: It’s hard to rate this movie, as there are so many different segments. As a whole I thought it was a good effort, and while not all of the segments were good; if I didn’t like a particular one, I only had to sit through it for a few minutes. The biggest gripe I have is that the version on Netflix that I watched didn’t have sub-titles, and with only a handful of the stories in English, I feel like I missed out on what was being presented. A less, but equally annoying, aspect was the constant fade to and from a red background or object at the beginning and end of each segment. After seeing that eight times I was already fed up with it, but no, I had to see it 18 more times. I am a fan of different directing styles and short stories, so this was the perfect format for me, even if I did only like/ understand only about half of the segments. Alex rates This Movie: 7/10
Tim’s Thoughts: Conceptually this is an amazing idea, but I really felt the execution was lacking. Only one or two of these are watchable, while the rest are either too ambitious, silly or just plain stupid. I respect the effort, but would much rather have only 5 or 6 stories, with less crap, and just a tiny bit more time to develop. An interesting exercise in cinema, and nothing else. Tim Rates This Movie 4/10