Thank God for VOD! – ABC’s of Death 2

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD!

abcsofdeathABC’s of Death 2

A hairy and half-naked man running down the street, eyes aglaze, mouth frothing, attacking innocent bystanders! A new castaway coming between two men stranded on an island! A group of ungrateful family members pining away for their inheritance from their defiant benefactor! Granddad on grandson violence! Monsters! Jilted lovers! Deranged babysitters! Guns! Robots! Badgers! There are 26 new ways to die in the latest installment of the horror anthology series The ABC’s of Death, and they’re delightful. Part two finds a brand new group of directors from all over the world being assigned a letter from the alphabet, and then just going nuts from there. The first film was a lot of fun, though sometimes cringe-worthy, and the sequel keeps up the pace, at times even upping the ante.

It’s kind of hard to review a movie like this without spoiling any of the short films contained therein. Part of the fun is the reveal of the actual word the director chose to use at each short’s conclusion, some being fairly easy to determine, while others throw a curveball, or deliberately mislead the viewer, so I’m hesitant to mention any of the titles here (they are all readily available online though for any looky-loos out there). I will say that no two are the same. Different voices, different tones, and different aesthetics lead to a collection of little movies that touch on everything from the hilarious, to the surreal, to the discomforting, to the genuinely horrific. The directors hail from all parts of the globe and prove to be a ridiculously talented bunch. We get films from E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Vincenzo Natali (Cube), and a ton of newcomers as well. There are even a couple of animated segments, one coming from the legendary Bill Plympton. There is very much something for all tastes. And each tale comes in at less than five minutes, so if you don’t like something, just wait for the next offering.

Producers Tim League and Ant Timpson have something really special here. ABC’s of Death 2 is a diverse and entertaining assortment of mayhem and depravity, a genre film fan’s dream. And the anthology format opens up a whole world of possibilities…and heaps of dead bodies piled on top of each other.

I wholly and happily approve.

On a final note, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper’s offering for the letter K sincerely creeped me out.

 

Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

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