The ABCs of Death (2013)

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Critic Consensus: As is often the case with anthology films, The ABCs of Death is wildly uneven, with several legitimately scary entries and a bunch more that miss the mark.

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Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABC's OF DEATH is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children's educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters; each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and ultimately confrontational, THE ABC's OF DEATH is the definitive vision of modern horror diversity. (c) Magnolia

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Gives a sense of horror movie making learned by rote - at a boy's school where girls have been admitted under sufferance.

Full Review… | April 24, 2013
Time Out
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Most are exercises in sickening bad taste, with an emphasis on human bodily functions.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
New York Post
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At its best when merging shocks with social commentary, this halting compilation improves significantly as it nears the end of the alphabet.

March 7, 2013
New York Times
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An enormously impressive and massively indulgent cornucopia of 26 short films from all over the world.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Salon.com
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It's a feast for fans of the genre and a guaranteed ordeal for everyone else.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Seattle Times
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There are just too many stories to fit into two hours - and even with fewer weak links, The ABCs of Death might have fallen short all the same.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
NPR
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½

It is uneven like most anthologies, with segments that range from scary to funny to clever to silly - and as such, some of them are quite efficient but many are far from that, like "M Is for Miscarriage" and "Z is for Zetsumetsu", both of which stand out as particularly awful.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

26 short horror films, inspired by a different letter of the alphabet. These compilations are always hit or miss but there seem to be a higher percentage of duds in this one than expected. So many different styles, form comedy to gore to sheer WTF, that there's sure to be something to bore, annoy or offend everyone. Personal favorites were the transcendently juvenile "F for Fart" and the experimentally erotic "O for Orgasm."

Greg S
Greg S

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½

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