DVD Review: The ABC’s Of Death
The ABC’s Of Death is a collection of 26 short films, from 26 of the ‘hottest’ horror directors around, featuring 26 ways to die. Each director was given a letter of the alphabet, then had to chose a word that began with that letter and build a way to die around that word.
On the surface it sounds, depending on your disposition, either pure genius or a recipe for disaster. In reality, unless you are a hardcore modern horror fanatic, The ABC’s Of Death is going to be a little hit and miss.
It begins brilliantly with the clever, if somewhat bizarre, A is for Apocalypse by Nacho Vigalondo of Timecrimes fame, but then things get messy, both literally and figuratively. The anthology is populated with moments of sheer joy, where the director gets everything right, but is over populated with low budget concepts that just don’t seem to have been thought through properly.
Ant Timpson’s genius is also his downfall. By giving everyone creative freedom, rather than tying them into some cohesive narrative, he’s allowed a handful of directors to shine, but the necessity of 26 directors being let loose and trying to prove themselves gives way to some truly awful segments and a couple of totally what the fuck moments, warping the experience so badly that I find it difficult to recommend The ABC’s Of Death to anyone.
Because if one thing is for certain, Timpson’s nightmare will at some point offend most people who dare to watch it.
It’s a pity, because if Timpson had given some of the more capable directors the job of mentoring a number of other directors on the projects, I think The ABC’s would have been a hell of a lot more hit than miss.
As it stands I can say that it’s moments of brilliance are worth wading through the murky waters for, but I would strongly caution any one to really consider if this anthology is for them before watching it.
Rating: R18 Sadistic violence, drug use, offensive language & sex scenes.