The ABCs Of Death 2
Another alphabet anthology
Release Date: 23 March
2014 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Directors: Too many to list Cast: Lots and lots of brutalised actors
up to 2013’ s hit horror has the same template as its predecessor: directors from around the world given free rein to make a short film for each letter of the alphabet about the subject of death. The result is every bit as eclectic as its predecessor, if with marginally less impact this time around.
Bright ideas abound because of the freedom given to the ( mostly) talented bunch of young filmmakers. Expect the tale of a woman who looks out of her flat and sees a murder going on in every window of the facing flats ( the letter K); or a woman up in court for homicide, faced by the people she’s accused of killing, all now zombies ( O). There’s one that resembles an ad for Aussie lager ( E), albeit a gory one, and another that’s just like an EC Comics horror story ( X). Stopmotion animation features in the revoltingly inventive D; split screen effectively furnishes tale of domestic deceit S; M is almost entirely in slow- motion, with a darkly amusing pay- off.
Production values are pretty high in every instalment, and many are shot in great style. Lots of people will hate this film, though, because some sequences are overly vicious, others are stupidly goofy, and the two together deliver a queasy mix. Horror fans approaching it with an open mind should enjoy it most.
Extras: A commentary featuring most of the directors; 13 featurettes ( 74 minutes); storyboards; an audition tape. Russell Lewin A teacher in Ohio who showed the first film to kids in Spanish classes was convicted of “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles”.
The two pink snakes might pounce at any second.