Movie Review: The ABC’s of Death

 

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The ABCs of Death is a 2012 anthology horror comedy film that features 26 short stories each pertaining to a letter of the alphabet and each with a different director. I have always been a fan of anthology films and this one has a little something for everyone.

The shorts in the film span multiple countries and feature many different styles, including animation, claymation, and POV. Many of the stories are straight horror themed but some include humor to add to the story. And there are even some that I don’t know what is going on.

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Some of my favorite segments are D, G, H, P, and Q. D is for dogfight and is about a man who has to fight a dog in an underground dogfighting ring. Gravity is the G segment and is a POV of a man committing suicide. H is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion and is about a humanoid dog that is seduced and tortured by a female fox. P is for pressure an features a woman willing to do anything to take care of her children.

Q is for quack and is probably my favorite and the most original segment in the film. It features the segment’s director and writer, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, as themselves trying to figure out what to do with the letter Q. They discuss a few topics and decide to make a snuff film. But instead of killing a human, they try to kill an animal.

Most of the other segments are good, but there are a few that completely lost me. The letters F, J, and Z really had me lost. The L segment was good at first but became a little hard to watch. But, for the most part, The ABCs of Death is a fun movie for horror fans. With 26 different shorts, it won’t please everyone, but it is a unique movie that succeed at what it set out to do.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

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