The ABCs of Death Reviews

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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
October 30, 2014
If The ABCs of Death 2 seems like a slight improvement over its predecessor, that's simply due to the fact that it achieves a more consistent level of mediocrity.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
There are some good shorts in The ABCs of Death, and yet they're all overshadowed by some of the most awful, idiotic, infantile material I've ever seen in any film.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2014
This is an experimental horror film with 26 directors around the world each making a short film about death. Given the format, it is no surprise there are few hits and a lot of misses.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 15, 2013
Far too many bad chapters to be an effective whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 4, 2013
A bomb.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2013
In truth, this movie is more like a parade of overtly shocking and disturbing images, done almost as a one-upsmanship contest rather than any actual need to say anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2013
It's a successful experiment, but like all experiments in their infancy, it needs to be repeated and tweaked before it becomes a standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 7, 2013
If we can make any overall assessment of this demented Rorschach test, it's this: had this been a real medical study, it would demand the institutionalisation of all participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 8, 2013
...two hours of brutality, excrement and viscera. Yes, some segments disturb and repel, and many try for dark humor, but the squirms they induce are far from pleasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 2, 2013
Anthology movies are always hit and miss, but the average here seems a bit low.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2013
Collectively they become rather tedious, not so much a satisfying meal as a platter (or splatter) of gores d'oeuvres.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
April 26, 2013
With 26 short segments, it's expected that this horror anthology will be hit and miss. But the experiment is an intriguing one, as the producers gave 26 filmmakers a letter of the alphabet and complete artistic freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 26, 2013
Animal lovers will be particularly offended by some tales in this mind-numbing marathon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
April 25, 2013
It presents 26 disparate (read: in need of an editor) slices of dicing from 26 directors you've almost certainly never heard of (and indeed, the one you have - Ben Wheatley - feels tainted by association).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Ellis
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
The fans will love. The faint-hearted won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rosie Fletcher
SFX Magazine
April 25, 2013
Patchy but enjoyable, this is an excellent horror talent showcase that, if nothing else, feels like it offers value for money with the sheer number of shocks and splats it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 24, 2013
The overall execution of the project never quite lives up to the concept, with too many of the films feeling lazy and poorly thought out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
April 24, 2013
Gives a sense of horror movie making learned by rote - at a boy's school where girls have been admitted under sufferance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
April 22, 2013
An interesting idea, but with so many cooks involved, the broth isn't quite good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 29, 2013
It's an idea that sounds better in concept than in execution.
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