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Horrorathon Film Review: ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

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Starring: Many actors

Directed by: Many directors

Reviewed by: Freekz80

 

So… I suppose I should explain myself. This might come as a surprise to many of you considering I rated the original ABCs of Death a 1/10. It deserved it. Oh god, it deserved it. But I decided to give the series another chance, and if there was ever a case of a sequel actually being superior to the original, besides Halo 2, this is it. These shorts actually weren’t bad. As I did with my review of the original, I’ll take a few shorts that stood out to me and review them individually.

A is  for Amateur (E.L. Katz)

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Being the first short in the lineup, it’s pretty important that this one deliver as it gives the first impression! No fear, Katz does a great job with this short. A hitman encounters some… issues while attempting a hit. It’s definitely unique in the way it plays out,  and it’s unexpected! Always a plus. ABCs of Death 2 is off to a good start!

B is for Badger (Julian Barratt)

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You know it’s good when you weren’t quite ready for the short to end. This one features a film crew looking to document some local wildlife, and they stumble upon something quite startling. Gory, incredibly gory, but that’s just the way we like it. Wow, ABCs 2 might actually be a good film!

D is for Deloused (Robert Morgan)

Pretty disturbing, if not absolutely disgusting. Essentially, a man is executed and exacts vengeance upon his killers with the help of a strange bug. I wasn’t a huge fan of the claymation here (also largely disliked it in the original film) and to be quite honest, couldn’t wait for this particular short to end. This one was a turn off.

M is for Masticate (Robert Boocheck) 

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In this short, a man is shown running down a street, tackling a victim, then attempting to eat them. That’s it.  It kept me watching without too much gore, and nothing absolutely disgusting or disturbing, which is fantastic. The use of slow motion was pretty effective as well. I definitely enjoyed it.

S is for Split (Juan Martinez Moreno)

This is another example of the finer shorts in ABCs of Death 2. A man staying in France calls his wife, only for her to be attacked in their home while on the phone. The cinematography is very well done, it’s disturbing, suspenseful, and violent. It’s great that all of that can be accomplished with nothing being blatantly overdone. It’s also got an interesting twist!

X is for Xylophone (Juilen Maury, Alexandre Bustillo)

I really have no idea what the point of this short was. This one was almost as bland and uneventful as “G is for Gravity” from the first ABCs of Death. Needless to say, I didn’t like it at all.  I guess you don’t have a whole lot to work with when you are stuck with a shitty letter of the alphabet, haha!

Y is for Youth (Soichi Umezawa)

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Alright, what the fuck? Why are the Japanese shorts always so strange and disturbing? Why don’t they ever make any sense? Is there something I need to know about? This particular short reminded me of “Z is for Zetsumetsu” from the original film, and let me clarify, that is NOT a good thing. I mean, I guess they had some… ahem… uhm, “interesting” props and special effects? That’s really about it. The execution was poor, the story is not coherent, and is essentially nonexistent.

Final Score: 

While this film definitely is an improvement over the first, it still has some flaws. I suppose that is unavoidable with 26 different directors, but I am still reviewing the film as a whole. Would I recommend you watch it? Yes, but only once. There are some great shorts, and there are some downright awful shorts. In comparison to the first film, which had literally zero decent shorts, this is a step in the right direction. But alas, a polished turd is still a turd.

…Just kidding. ABCs of Death 2 was a decent experience! 6/10.

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Gore: 10/10. Some of these shorts are fucking disgusting.

Scares: 2/10. Not many, but some of the shorts are quite disturbing.

Beware: Tons of blood and other nasty body fluids, giant badgers, giant japanese dicks, and, uh… a slew of other shit that makes no sense.

 

 

 

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2nd Opinion Movie Review: The ABCs of Death (2012) HORRORATHON

26 Letters. 26 Ways to Die. Some are good, some are bad, and some probably shouldn't have been made.
26 Letters. 26 Ways to Die. Some are good, some are bad, and some probably shouldn’t have been made.

Reviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

Our very own Freekz80 reviewed this one the other day, and gave it a 1 out of 10. He has his reasons, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, I felt it was necessary to give the film more credit than it was given before, and you’ll be seeing a whole new side to this 26 Short film festival of brutality and absurdity.

The ABCs of Death is an exercise in the bizarre, the grotesque, well…mostly the bizarre. Every director in this film was given a budget of around $4000 to $5000, A letter of the alphabet, and a deadline. That’s it, as long as they followed those instructions, they were told to create whatever they want. And they did. While the experience may not be everyones cup of tea, this is an experience that horror fans should look for, even if they end up hating most of them, it’s just so wonderfully different, but there are definitely ones that were above the pack and ones where you’ll wonder what kind of drugs the director was ingesting.

What Worked:

D is for Dogfight
D is for Dogfight

D is for Dogfight is an exercise of grit and grime in an underground world where anything goes, including setting up a boxer to fight a dog. Sounds brutal? Well, it is. The cinematography is exceptional, the lighting is striking and moody, and the wonderful ensemble of degenerates are put together well, the piece seems feasible and its one of the best entries of the bunch. Don’t worry, sweet sweet animal justice occurs at the end for all of you cringing at the fact that this man has to punch a dog.

Q is for Quack
Q is for Quack

Q is for Quack is wonderfully humorous, and demented in nature. Based on the real lives of these filmmakers after they received their assignment for the ABCs of Death, they speculate what they should do with the letter Q. This was probably my favorite entry in the film, as it was told well, the script is phenomenally written, and the pay off at the end is fantastic.

T is for Toilet
T is for Toilet

T is for Toilet was the contest winner for The ABCs of Death, and it definitely deserved it’s win. Excellent stop motion, wonderful gags, and for a claymation film, the gore levels are so ridiculous and good looking, that it makes me cringe thinking about how long it must have taken him to animate this thing, frame by frame.

Honorable Mentions: N is for Nuptials, H is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion, and X is for XXL.

What Didn’t Work:  While there were more shorts where I could talk about the good in them, I feel it’s time to discuss the red headed bastard in the room, and the ones that are just painful to watch, and not like torture on screen, but the ones that were either too bizarre to be enjoyable, or just plain bad.

F is for Fart
F is for Fart

F is for Fart is the first one that comes to mind. Sure, it’s inventive, and probably a horrible way to die, suffocating on someone’s ass vapors, but really? You spent $5K on this? The special effects are quite bad, the story is just too silly to even remotely enjoy, and it’s one of the sequences I would love to see replaced.

M is for Miscarriage
M is for Miscarriage

M is for Miscarriage is probably the biggest waste of time for the audience and the filmmaker responsible (Ti West who gets his face owned in You’re Next) Not only is it not clever, or even remotely shocking like it intends to be, it just feels like the man picked up his camera, stuffed some items that looked gross in the toilet, and spent his $5k on weed or something. The camera work sucks, the editing is uninspired, and even the weirder segments of this film put some love in it, and not just said, here’s a half assed attempt, thanks for the money.

Y is for Youngbuck
Y is for Youngbuck

Y is for Youngbuck  will just make you uncomfortable. There, I said it, I didn’t like it because it made me too uncomfortable. It’s not like it’s not well made, it’s almost like an homage to the 80’s and the camera work and sound design are fantastic. However, the story is just dementedly gleeful in it’s execution of a pedophile janitor watching a sports team and abusing the boys, and really, did we need to see him lick up the sweat?

Dishonorable Mentions: G is for Gravity, K is for Klutz, Z is for Zetsumetsu

Final Score:

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There’s a lot more to love in this movie if you’re willing to give it a chance. It’s schlocky, deranged, and quite beautifully shot for the most part. However, there are the sequences that will mess you up for life if you’re not prepared for them, and if this brand of horror is not your forte, then you are going to decide rather quickly if you’re going to finish the film or not. It could have been a much better experience, but it was definitely not Abysmal all the way through, I give a lot of these filmmakers much deserved respect for being so bold in these executions, and hopefully in the ABCs of Death 2 which comes out next year, we’ll see a more polished and better executed sequence of 26 Ways to Die. 5.5 out of 10. 

Movie Review: The ABCs of Death (2012) Horrorathon

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Reviewed by: Freekz80 (Blake Mickatavage)

Hmm. Well, I don’t really know where to start. The ABCs of Death is… strange. But that isn’t the end of it. It consists of 26 short films put together by 26 directors. Each director was given a letter of the alphabet and picked a word starting with that letter to use as the subject of a short film. Plot development is non-existent, so I won’t be giving you guys a summary. There aren’t any primary actors  either, so I won’t bother listing any. Let’s just dive right in to what works and what doesn’t.

What works:

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Don’t worry bro, I couldn’t masturbate to a one legged woman or pedophilia either.

Uhh.. yeah, this section is going to be a bit blank. Sorry guys. I really can’t think of anything that stood out to me. This was not in the least an enjoyable viewing experience. I almost couldn’t sit through this entire movie, I had to pause it a few times to wrap my head around what I just saw. Poison, I tell you. Nothing else to be seen here.

What doesn’t work:

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Brooklyn Rage! I don’t wanna be a furry!

What doesn’t work? Get ready; Nearly EVERYTHING. I was surprisingly appalled at how ridiculous and stupid nearly ALL of the shorts were, and I am generally a pretty accepting guy when it comes to different films. Not only this, but a few of them were downright offensive. I’ll got into depth.

F is for Farts:

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Self explanatory. Was Noboru Iguchi a 3rd grader directing this? This was a pretty terrible attempt at comedy, and the horror aspect is just non-existent.

D is for Dogfight:

My feelings are a bit strong here. The short is violent, gory, and uses some decent cinematography techniques. However, I am pretty disgusted when it comes to brutality towards animals. It attempts a conclusion that gives you a sense of justice, but it didn’t really work for me. I found this particularly offensive.

L is for Libido:

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Right. This short was pretty disturbing, and I was ready to stop the movie entirely after viewing it. Basically, the first of two confined men to masturbate to ejaculation while observing a given subject is spared, the other is murdered. However, when the two men are shown a young boy on a bed being approached by a large, older man, I about lost my shit.

P is for Pressure:

This short pissed me off in the same way “D is for Dogfight” did. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense entirely, but this may be due to the fact that I had my palm over my face after watching the 15 previous shorts. It ends with a kitten being intentionally crushed under a woman’s stiletto. Yeah, fuck that.

Z is for Zetsumetsu

This short referenced the badass masterpiece Dr. Strangelove and seemed to incorporate some valuable themes. However, it did so while displaying explicit nudity and a hermaphrodite swinging around her gigantic bladed penis. Seriously. What the fuck was Nishimura thinking?

These are just a few examples of the trash that was laid before my eyes. Overall, I felt almost every character and situation wasn’t even remotely believable, which immediately removes any horror aspects from the film. Also, at least one of the shorts seemed to be filmed with a potato (I’m looking at you, Andrew Traucki.) The film and art styles were so inconsistent that it felt like I was watching a playlist of the most garbage excuses for horror comedy put together by 15 year old YouTubers. Granted, with 26 different directors, I don’t know what I expected. I can, however, say with confidence that I would rather watch 2 Girls 1 Cup than view this film again. It is simply incredibly disappointing that with a sample size of 26, not a single one of the short films was remotely enjoyable to me. Every 5 minutes or so I was reminded why I wanted to shut the movie off and burn my computer.

Final Verdict:

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This shouldn’t be very surprising. 1/10. I know it may seem extreme and normally I would say that you must view the film to understand, but please, do yourself a favor and stay as far away from this atrocity as possible. CinematiChris, I despise you for recommending I watch this. I wouldn’t even suggest watching the trailer below. This is one of the worst movies I have watched thus far. I’m done for the day, heh.