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The ABCs of Death 2

USA 2014
produced by
Ant Timpson, Tim League for Magnet Releasing, Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films
directed by E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Julian Gilbey, Robert Morgan, Alejandro Brugués, Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, Jim Hosking, Bill Plympton, Erik Matti, Dennison Ramalho, Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper, Robert Boocheck, Larry Fessenden, Hajime Ohata, Todd Rohal, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Rodney Ascher, Marvin Kren, Juan Martínez Moreno, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Vincenzo Natali, Jerome Sable, Steven Kostanski, Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo, Soichi Umezawa, Chris Nash
starring Martina García, Andy Nyman, Tristan Risk, C. Ernst Harth, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Alan McKenna, Ian Virgo, Victoria Broom, Iván González, Jerod Meagher, Ben Maccabee, Mark Grossman, Lee Majdoub, Conor Sweeney, Ryan Winsley, Lauren Molina, Jason Cabell, Eric Jacobus, Robert Boocheck, Francisco Barreiro, Jack Fessenden, Angelica Alejandro, Voltaire, James McDougall, Dan MacDonald, Tawfeek Barhom, Alys Crocker, Anthony Nuccio, Rafferty Blumberg, Tom Bonington, Nicholas Amer, Gary Reimer, Olivia Bremner, Petra Lo, Iman Haji, Vincent James Prendergast, Jesse Daniel Glass, Delphine Roussel, Mathew Kaye, Nina Iordanova, Bryan Connolly, Stefanie Wood, Timothy Paul McCarthy, Melody Sample, Ivan Dimitrov, Hanna Cheek, Tim Hay, Alex Chung, Emma Louise Carter, Willem Halfyard, Lea Lawrynowicz, Laura DaSilva, Trevor Ketcheson, Stanley White-Starke, Richard Hardisty, Sheryl Chopra, Luke Humphrey, Aaron Beall, John Fray, David Roland Strong, Michael Vincent, Jamie Duguid, Kiera Gould, Caroline Concordia, Sarah Beaudin, Heather Byrne, Lexington Kennedy, Samaneh Alibeigi, Christie Trinh, Cyn Stone, David Gutierrez, Natasha Kulis, Nicole Lawr, Julie Smith, Taylor Alderdice, Diana Chu, Jessica Allen, Julia Alderdice, Samira Amin, Mia Provenzano, Fernando Costa, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
concept created by Ant Timpson

ABCs of Death

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Batman

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Bowery Boys

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In alphabetical order, this film presents mostly very short shorts about death by some of the most exciting horror directors from all over the globe. The film range vastly in style, in story - featuring everything from clumsy assassins, castaways and killer badgers to bizarre porn auditions, cheapish fantasy worlds and children staying inside their mothers' wombs a tad too long -, in approach - everything's there from live action to stop motion to hand-drawn animation and everything in between -, even in genre - thriller, straight horror, monster movie, zombie movie, fantasy -, and in tone - everything's there from dark humour to dead serious, with a healthy dose of the grotesque of course.

 

What really makes this movie though (besides the very welcome diversity) is the high level of quality - some of the shorts are brilliant, but none is below slightly above average, one really feels enthusiasm in all of them, even those that might not directly speak to one due to subject matter. The only critique (if it is one, even) is that the movie presents a bit of an overkill - after all, it's 26 shorts in roughly two hours, so keeping one's attention up throughout is a bit of a task, but it's worth it because some of the best entries are relatively late in the film -, but that said, the producers simply might not have found a shorter alphabet lying around somewhere ;)

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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