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ABCs of Death, The [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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I mean, most of these stories make no sense at all, for instance if somebody takes a swim with a back-pack full of bricks, then that story isn't about gravity, it should be under B-buoyancy, or D-drowning.
To sum up, there's nothing here for anyone, unless they only have an incredibly short attention span, or don't care that they just completely wasted a couple of hours, I owned this movie for about 18 hours, it's in the bin now, and I paid a fiver for an empty box.
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!
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.
Some of the efforts are pretty good - Exterminate, Quack and Vagitus I enjoyed for example. Some of the others however are bad beyond belief - Fart, Klutz and WTF for example I found to be abysmal. It's almost worth a watch just to try and comprehend how such garbage can find it's way onto your screen.
Most of the shorts fall in the middle ground, not terrible but just mildly interesting and largely unmemorable. For what it's worth I rated each short out of 5 as I went along (sad? yeah maybe). I wont bore you with it all but the average worked out as just over 2 stars hence the rating above.
For avid horror buffs its maybe still worth a watch, theres a fair few known directors involved and at least the worst parts don't stick around long enough to ruin your whole day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a great DVD it's ment to be a collection of short horror story's each focusing on a different way that death happens as it states in the title working it's way though the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by big reader
Watched this after recommended by a friend, the variety is interesting but the good segments are amongst a load of dross. Read morePublished 11 months ago by El Pedro
A mix of fairly well produced shorts but a lot of very amateurish stuff as well. There are a few that are quite funny but a lot is pretty unpleasant, going beyond what the normal... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stuart
This movie isn't really fun, not entertaining, it's just gross and disturbing. When it's not disturbing it's just boring. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Zack
A pretty hit and miss affair with more duds than Triumphs.Published 22 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
An interesting experiment in compendium film making. Some good episodes, some very, very bad and everything in between. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jack Hoedemaker
This is truly, truly awful & anyone considering buying this drival beware it is exactly thatPublished on 14 May 2015 by Mr. Kevin P. Neal