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ABCs of Death, The [DVD]

Ingrid Bolsø Berdal , Erik Aude , Nacho Vigalondo , Adrián García Bogliano    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Erik Aude, Kyra Zagorsky, Dallas Malloy, Iván González
  • Directors: Nacho Vigalondo, Adrián García Bogliano, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Ben Wheatley, Ti West
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Monster Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B9ECPEA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,201 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the directors of -
  • HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
  • HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN
  • A SERBIAN FILM
  • TOKYO GORE POLICE
  • YOU'RE NEXT & Many More


SYNOPSIS: The ABC s OF DEATH is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film.

Inspired by children s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty - six 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 vision of modern horror diversity. Monster Pictures 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. "

Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS - The following is the list of participating directors, along with their countries of origin and a reference title from each of their filmographies:
  • Kaare Andrews (Altitude), USA
  • Angela Bettis (Roman), USA
  • Ernesto Díaz Espinoza (Mirageman; Mandrill), Chile
  • Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Canada
  • Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet (Amer), Belgium
  • Adrían Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat), Mexico
  • Xavier Gens (Frontiers; Hitman), France
  • Lee Hardcastle (T is For Toliet), UK
  • Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Mexico
  • Noburu Iguchi, (Robo Geisha), Japan
  • Thomas Malling (Norwegian Ninja), Norway
  • Anders Morgenthaler (Princess), Denmark
  • Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Japan
  • Banjong Pisathanakun (Shutter), Thailand
  • Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), UK
  • Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), USA
  • Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse; The Venture Bros.), USA
  • Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film), Serbia
  • Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Indonesia
  • Andrew Traucki (The Reef), Australia
  • Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes), Spain
  • Jake West (Doghouse), UK
  • Ti West (House of the Devil; The Innkeepers), USA
  • Ben Wheatley (Kill List), UK
  • Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), USA
  • Yudai Yamaguchi (Yakuza Weapon), Japan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 26 reasons to like this film 12 Sep 2013
By Fossil
Format:DVD
Anyone wanting to watch a "film" should probably not bother with this. Being 26 short vignettes, it is very unusual - the good side being that if one of the shorts is boring you, you only have 3 minutes until the next one...
Most of the scenes/stories are worth watching; scary, gross, interesting, funny...there are a few that seem lazy or mundane, but on the whole this is well worth watching. I'm not sure I understood all of them, but I was certainly entertained.
Loved and hated D in equal measure. T was brilliant. Everyone will have their own favourites. I would say watch it with an open mind and you may be surprised.
Looking forward to the sequel already!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and macabre 1 Sep 2013
Format:DVD
Everyone who knows me knows that I love drabbles. Drabbles are stories that are exactly 100 words long, this film is like a collection of drabbles. Inspired by the ABC books you read as a child this is a collection of films from different directors all over the world about death. Each film is quite short, only a few minutes each.

As with any collection of short stories these are a varied bunch leading to an uneven watch. Some of the stories are superb, others not so great. With each story being so short it's really a sequence of grim tableaux. And for the most part they are very grim and pretty gruesome to watch.

A few of the stories stand out from the rest. One of the early ones about a dog is a poignant watch. Some are funny, some are sad, the whole spectrum of emotions connected with death can be found here. Be warned that some are quite horrific, XXL where a fat lady trims her weight down is a good example.

It's always tricky rating something like this, many people would be turned of due to the format, which would be a shame. The range of quality also makes it tricky, when it's good it's awesome, for other occasions it is merely ok. If you have a macabre mindset then I'd say this is a fun and worthwhile watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this will surprise you 15 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have watched this dvd 3 times so far and will it again this weekend. A murder for every letter of the alphabet makes for some very cool (if thats the right word) and short short little featurettes. Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable nonsense! 27 Dec 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I know this movie has a very mixed reviews, mostly bad, but I enjoyed it A LOT!!

I literally had no idea what was going on, but every feature had me engrossed. I laughed so much at this movie while my wife looked disgusted. It's not going to win any awards, but if you want to switch off and enjoy a beer while watching something that's going to take you away from the real world this is the movie for you.

Yes, it has some rather graphic scenes, yes it's hilarious, yes it's weird, but it's does exactly what it says on the tin. I'd say out of the 26 scenes, only two or three was weak!

It's just crazy, can't wait to watch again, although I doubt the wife will rush to watch it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
God knows why this film receives so many mixed reviews. I've been a fan of all types of horror films pretty much all my life and I thought this was absolutely AWESOME! I've seen it twice already!

The concept is just brilliant and I was astonished at the creativity and sheer imagination of some of these directors...I have no earthly idea how they came up with some of the scenarios. Some were funny, some were gruesome, some were silly and some were more dark and twisted...ALL were entertaining however! My favourites were the words for the letters D, F, H, K, L, N, Q, R, S, T, Y and Z. They were all good really but those ones stood out to me as being the most impressive creatively.

So yeah, as I said earlier I simply don't understand the negativity at all. I can only assume that people didn't properly understand what they were getting into before watching/buying this film. My recommendation is simply this:

If (like me), you think the premise of the film sounds fun, innovative, intriguing and something completely original, then watch this film!

Pretty simple really!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag.. 8 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is very similar to V/H/S and V/H/S/2 films, but this time you got 26 segments made by 26 different people.

Most of the segments were fine by me (I'm a horror buff) but some of them were too immature, yet goofy tales. Some of the directors I did know from the film. Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Jake West (Evil Aliens), Xavier Gens (Frontiéres), Timo Tjahjanto (V/H/S/2), Ti West (Cabin Fever 2) and so on.

Go see this if you are open-minded and don't take films too seriously or otherwise you're gonna say that it's complete rubbish. Have to admit, it made me laugh, it grossed me out and it indeed made me think that "How about if I'd make my own letter, would it suck or would it rock?"

IMDB has a score of 4.8 for it, it should be like 6.0 or 7.0. I mean it's good but nothing special.

2,5/5= Bargain bounty, if you find it less than 10 quid, it should be a good buy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "..ORIGINAL AND FUN HORROR COLLECTION.." 24 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray
This is a great collection of mini movies all to do with death in some way, 26 horror directors from around the world were given a letter A-Z and asked to make a short for this feature, most are filmed and a couple are animated but they all are unique and disturbing in some way, many people will not enjoy this purely because some of the content is very controversial and morbid, for horror fans this is a must, some of them are not great but most are brilliant fun and its an enjoyable couple of hours thinking WTF is going on here sometimes, its certainly unique and could spawn many sequels potentially, if you liked V.H.S then check it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars More Misses than Hits
26 directors take a letter of the alphabet each and make a (very) short film about death from a one word title. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
The only story which is half decent in my opinion has to have been the future one towards the end the rest are just so awful
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Horror
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concept, Mediocre Stories
The concept is fantastic, I can't help but think how well this would have worked with some of my favourite directors; Tarantino; Rodriguez, David Lynch, Del Toro, Oliver... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ninny minaj
2.0 out of 5 stars 26 directors was at least 20 too many...
The concept of having 26 directors producing 26 different short films (one for each letter of the alphabet, obviously) was a fantastic 'out of the box' idea, but ultimately, what... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MAddis
2.0 out of 5 stars wasted opportunity.
Could of been so much better. Most of the stories are crap 2 or 3 were ok none were great.
Published 4 months ago by Rob Toft
2.0 out of 5 stars WAX
WAX. That's it. 3 good ones out of 26. The rest are just plain stupid, weird and totally unnecessary. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. L. Legrove
1.0 out of 5 stars Two hours i won't get back
I wouldn't wish this film on my worse enemy. Its a load of crap. The scene involving the dog was the only decent scene. If you are even curious to watch this film, just say no! Read more
Published 6 months ago by John89
1.0 out of 5 stars ABCs of wasting money
No, just no.

Out of all of these only one of the short films is worth a watch, like most people will tell you it involves a dog... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. M. Mcfarland
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
It is s*** and boring and the stories are all dull, grim and they are just s*** to the extreme. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who I like or anyone who I don't like for that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Oscar Hughes
2.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad, and the downright rubbish...
Am anthology of 26 short films, each with a theme about death, or its associations.

Its a real mixed bag here, and if you are easily offended, I wouldn't bother, because... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
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