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ReelFear 02-17-2013 05:06 PM

THE ABC's OF DEATH
 
Here is an interesting concept. 26 directors, each one does a short film based on a letter of the alphabet that deals with death in some way. as you might expect this kind of movie is going to be all over the place in terms of style and content.

Some of the segments are visually amazing including Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl) segment "D Is for Dogfight", Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Amer) segment "O is for Orgasm", others are brutal and bloody - Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) segment "A Is for Apocalypse", Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film) segment "R Is for Removed", and Xavier Gens (The Divide) segment "X Is for XXL", and unfortunately a few are just plain terrible, the worst being Ti West (The innkeepers) "M is for Miscarriage".

A mixed bag for sure, but i have to admit i was never bored and couldn't wait to see what would come next. This will make a good party movie for horror enthusiasts and may even inspire amateur filmmakers to try a short film of their own. The good outweighs the bad here and there's so much insanity along the way that I'm giving The ABC's Of DEATH an 8 out of 10!

Ash28M 02-17-2013 05:19 PM

How long is each segment, 5-10 min?

ReelFear 02-17-2013 05:51 PM

Yes, an average of 5 minutes each, give or take. Total running time is over 2 hours.

Steel76 02-17-2013 06:11 PM

Some of the segments, especially the one from the "Hobo with a shotgun" director, was insanely funny and entertaining. Much more so than most full lenght movies coming out these days :)

eric_angelus 02-17-2013 06:24 PM

I did not like this at all. I was slightly interested at the start, but honestly this lost me at F and pretty much got worse as it went along. I was dozing off a lot around R and woke up enough at the end to find Z most hateful of all. $12 and 2+ hours later I wish I had done just about anything else.

MorallySound 02-17-2013 08:23 PM

Watched this one a few weeks ago, and it was 50/50 for me. The ones that were good were pretty good, with a few being exceptionally good (U for Unearthed). But the ones that were bad were abysmally horrible. Each director(s) after being assigned a letter had 5 minutes max runtime and $5000 and complete creative freedom. It's like a mix tape, so everyone is going to get something different out of it depending on their preferences. Unforunately a lot of them go the shock/gross our route which just seems too juvenile.

Here's the run down of what I liked and what sucked.

Good
A (Nacho Vigalondo)
D (Marcel Sarmiento)
I (Jorge Michel Grau)
J (Yudai Yamaguchi)
M (Ti West)
N (Banjong Pisanthanakun)
O (Bruno Forzani)
P (Simon Rumley)
T (Lee Hardcastle)
U (Ben Wheatley)
Y (Jason Eisener)

Middle of the Road
H (Thomas Cappelen Malling)
K (Anders Morgenthaler)
L (Timo Tjahjanto)
Q (Adam Wingard)
X (Xavier Gens)

Bad
B (Adrián García Bogliano)
C (Ernesto Díaz Espinoza)
E (Angela Bettis)
F (Noboru Iguchi)
G (Andrew Traucki)
R (Srdjan Spasojevic)
S (Jake West)
V (Kaare Andrews)
W (Jon Schnepp)
Z (Yoshihiro Nishimura)

MisterTwister 02-17-2013 08:33 PM

Loved-D,H,L,R,S,T,U,V,X,Y
Liked-A,C,I,K,N
OK-B
Hated-E,F,G,J,M,O,P,Q,W,Z

Although I like/love more than I hated the ones I hated are REALLLLY terrible and bring down the film for me.

Hatchetwarrior 02-18-2013 03:40 AM

It was an interesting concept that turned out average. The only segements I trulty hated were F is for Fart and G is for Gravity, the majority where just ok. As for the ones I really liked.

A Is for Apocalypse
D Is for Dogfight
L is for Libido
M Is for Miscarriage
T Is for Toilet
U Is for Unearthed
V is for Vagitus
W is for WTF
X Is for XXL
Y Is for Youngbuck

Dobby 02-18-2013 06:35 AM

These concept films are really annoying and I just don't care for them. If and when should I find myself watching it better be free. No way I am spending cash on dumb shit like this sorry.

eric_angelus 02-18-2013 11:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dobby (Post 727951)
These concept films are really annoying and I just don't care for them. If and when should I find myself watching it better be free. No way I am spending cash on dumb shit like this sorry.

You won't regret that decision. Wish I had thought about it that way.

mcchrist 02-19-2013 10:15 AM

I hardly ever invest my time in horror anymore, a lot of it has to do with gimmicky stuff like this.

BloodMan 02-19-2013 09:17 PM

I got bored and really annoyed round about G or so... then flipped through the rest... though that samurai one was pretty funny!

Ash28M 02-19-2013 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcchrist (Post 728058)
I hardly ever invest my time in horror anymore, a lot of it has to do with gimmicky stuff like this.

How can a Horror fan not want to invest time in Horror?

MorallySound 02-19-2013 10:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ash28M (Post 728139)
How can a Horror fan not want to invest time in Horror?

He possibly referring to modern American horror.

Ash28M 02-20-2013 06:22 AM

Caught up to this today. It was a mixed bag of course but overall I enjoyed it. Lots of interesting stuff to take in. X Is for XXL (Xavier Gens) was probably my favorite. Although there were some other really good one too.


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