So, The ABCs of Death, what an ambitious project this proved to be. It wasn’t an out-and-out success per sé, however there were some segments in this 26 short film anthology that showed there are some exciting directors out there in the horror genre; talents that include Adam Wingard, Ben Wheatley and the director of A Serbian Film. I won’t go into specifics or spoilers for each segment, but what I will do is give you a few short words that will highlight how I felt about the individual shorts.
A – Smart, excellent payoff.
B – ‘Nightmare’. Bait and switch.
C – Unoriginal. Student film.
D – Stunning. The best-looking segment by far.
E – Lame CGI and decades old story.
F – Fuck you, director, you hack.
G – God-awful.
H – Doesn’t fit in this anthology.
I – Statement about something.
J – Better than the other Japanese ones. That’s not hard though.
K – Killer shit. Just, no…
L – Sick, sick bastards.
M – Not applicable. There is literally nothing to see here. FAIL.
N – Funny bird.
O – Avant garde, Giallo-inspired. Breasts.
P – Pussy. Welp.
Q – Self aware.
R – WTF in a really gory, good way.
S – Robert Rodriguez? Twist.
T – Brilliant claymation.
U – Gritted teeth.
V – Balls-out insanity. And dollars, dollars everywhere.
W – Acid trip.
X – This is what I came to see (through my fingers).
Y – Even Rocky had a montage.
Z – Enough with the dicks and boobs for Christ sake.
There is no narrative that links these movies together so you may get to the end and feel really unsatisfied, especially as the last segment is absolutely fucking terrible. However, A, D, L, maybe N, Q, R, S, T, U, V, X and, to an extent, Y are good enough to hold this movie together. The ABCs of Death was adventurous enough to warrant a (better, please) sequel, just don’t give any of the budget to F, G, M or Z.