Monday, October 7, 2013

The ABCs of Death (2012)

The ABCs of Death (USA/New Zealand, 2012) - Color, Director(s): 26 different directors
MPAA Rating: NR
[UK: 18]
Approx. 123 min.

Z-rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Cheese Factor: 4 stars out of 5

This is one of the more interesting projects to come out lately in the horror genre. 26 different directors were given a different letter of the alphabet to create a short related to death. Compiling all of them together to create the biggest horror anthology films ever made! I really wish I could say that each and every one of these segments were a hit but they really vary in terms of quality. I'm sure that is to be expected when dealing with this many segments, so they range from good to bad and their tone from serious to funny. Some are a bit more artsy than others and some are just downright bizarre. A couple of them are animated but most are live action.

This one is kind of hard to review without spoiling anything, so I'm just going to talk about some of the directors involved that first got me interested in this movie. Some of the directors involved also worked on other horror anthology films such as Ti West who also had a segment in V/H/S (unfortunately, I didn't care for his segment in this movie). Along with Adam Wingard who worked on V/H/S as well as V/H/S 2. Another director, Banjong Pisanthanakun, worked on Thai horror anthologies 4bia and its sequel Phobia 2. The director that I was most interested in seeing was Noboru Iguchi, a Japanese filmmaker responsible for gems such as Dead Sushi and Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead. He directs the letter "F" segment and it "reeks" of his signature brand of humor, if ya know what I mean.

I also have to credit this movie and Jason Eisener, director of segment "Y", for introducing me to the band Powerglove. They play speed metal covers of classic video game themes. I just had to track down the song, "Vengeance", after I heard it. This movie has it all! Dismemberment, impalement, decapitations, toxic ass gas, doppelgangers, monsters, penis sword, killer turds, robots, and even this...

Nudity: Um... yeah... there's definitely some nudity in this movie... refer to picture above.

Gore: There were plenty of bloody, gory segments. Some of them are a little more lighthearted than others but some were pretty graphic. Seeing as "death" was the overall theme, I think blood and guts was to be expected! Probably not recommended for the overly squeamish.

Awesome: Very! Overall, this was an interesting project with so many different directors involved. I would say it was largely successful. Not every individual segment was a masterpiece but what follows is something completely new and different. You can come in at any part of the movie and still get an entire story. Almost like going out for dim sum, there's a little bit for everybody and you don't have to fill up on any one thing. They've already started to work on a sequel due out in 2014. This is a great movie to kick off the party with, right when all your guests have arrived. Begin the celebrations and let the blood flow!