The ABCs of Death (2012) | Shocking! Funny! Provocative! – You won’t forget these 26 twisted tales in a hurry
With a second helping of the shocking, funny, confrontational anthology The ABCs of Death getting a UK DVD/Blu-ray release on 23 March 2015, here’s another look at the first offering, which came out in 2012.
If you are a fan of cult weirdness, toilet humour (there’s lots of it) and know your Ti West from your Jake West, then these 26 short films -–which range from the absurd to the baffling to the cleverly comic – will float your boat, while the bucket loads of blood and guts are guaranteed to test your gore levels.
A great party game is to choose a letter at random so you can savour each one in all its gory. And if you want to delve more into the warped minds of the film-makers involves, you can check out the commentaries which accompany each short in the extras on both the Blu-ray and DVD releases.
But the one I won’t be watching again in a hurry is Timo Tjahjanto’s hardcore sexualised horror L is for Libido – just how did it escape the censors?.
For what it’s worth, here’s my breakdown, which I have colour-coded in order of merit:
Purple (One to Watch) \ Green (Just OK) \ Orange (To be Avoided)
A is for Apocalypse (Nacho Vigalondo, Spain) Comical.
B is for Bigfoot (Adrían Garcia Bogliano, Mexico) Just ok soap opera spoof.
C is for Cycle (Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Chile) Not very good.
D is for Dogfight (Marcel Sarmiento, USA) Outstanding aural delight.
E is for Exterminate (Angela Bettis, USA) Something about spiders.
F is for Fart (Noburu Iguchi, Japan) Wretched bad taste joke.
G is for Gravity (Andrew Traucki, Australia) Deadly dull surf death.
H is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion (Thomas Malling, Norway) WTF!
I is for Ingrown (Jorge Michel Grau, Mexico) Unforgettable Psycho shower scene.
J is for Jidai-Geki (Yudai Yamaguchi, Japan) Harakiri with laughs.
K is for Klutz (Anders Morgenthaler, Denmark) Very funny poo joke.
L is for Libido (Timo Tjahjanto, Indonesia) Sick. Disgusting. Vile.
M is for Miscarriage (Ti West, USA) Lazy and insulting.
N is for Nuptials (Banjong Pisathanakun, Thailand) Clever talking bird comedy.
O is for Orgasm (Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet, Belgium) Sublime arthouse.
P is for Pressure (Simon Rumley, UK) Sad. Twisted. But worth a second look.
Q is for Quack (Adam Wingard, USA) Surprisingly dull.
R is for Removed (Srdjan Spasojevic, Serbia) Incomprehensible. Disappointing.
S is for Speed (Jake West, UK) This speed trip to Hell a la Mad Max is a ripper.
T is for Toilet (Lee Hardcastle, UK) Another toilet joke, but the best by far.
U is for Unearthed (Ben Wheatley, UK) Interesting, but not arresting.
V is for Vagitus (Kaare Andrews, USA) Weird sci-fi horror. Loved it!
W is for WTF! (Jon Schnepp, USA) Chucking everything at the screen isn’t clever.
X is for XXL (Xavier Gens, France) This gorefest should come with a health warning.
Y is for Youngbuck (Jason Eisener, Canada) A sick delight and a visual feast.
Z is for Zetsumetsu (Yoshihiro Nishimura, Japan) Wretched sushi sex comedy.
Posted on March 19, 2015, in Horror, Might See, Might-See, World Cinema and tagged Adam Wingard, Adrían García Bogliano, Anders Morgenthaler, Andrew Traucki, Angela Bettis, Australia, Banjong Pisathanakun, Belgium, Ben Wheatley, Bruno Forzani & Héléne Cattet, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, France, Horror, Indonesia, Jake West, Japan, Jason Eisener, Jon Schnepp, Jorge Michel Grau, Kaare Andrews, Lee Hardcastle, Marcel Sarmiento, Mexico, Might See, Monster Pictures UK, Nacho Vigalondo, Noburu Iguchi, Norway, Serbia, Simon Rumley, Spain, Srdjan Spasojevic, Thailand, The ABCs of Death, Thomas Malling, Thriller, Ti West, Timo Tjahjanto, uk, USA, World Cinema, Xavier Gens, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Yudai Yamaguch. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.