The ABCs Of Death 2

An­other al­pha­bet an­thol­ogy

SFX - - DVD & Blu-Ray -

Re­lease Date: 23 March

2014 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tors: Too many to list Cast: Lots and lots of bru­talised ac­tors

This fol­low

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.

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