ABC’s of Death 2 – movie review

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ABC’s of Death 2

(Various directors)

Ok, we know the deal from the first film. 26 directors, each one takes a letter of the English alphabet and builds a short-short around it.

How do you tell a full story within a small amount of time and with limited dialogue? These shorts are not like watching a regular anthology or film. They are flash fiction pieces put to a visual medium. Some will make you chuckle others will jolt you with shock value. Still others will have little effect and little reason to be remembered. I often like the animated segments best ABCs of death 2 posterbecause of their unrestrained creativity. Many come off as art house films or student films with better production values. There is nothing remotely scary in the film as the cover art would suggest. I don’t find gore scary at all. It may make me squirm or cringe but it garners little fear in me.

B is for Badger was excellent. A real A-hole of a newscaster meets his untimely fate.
C is for Capitol punishment is super realistic gory and tragic.
D is for Deloused a gory animated short, extremely bizarre and unnerving because of it.
H is for Headgames is another unbridled animation segment.
L is for Legacy was a cool little demonic conjuring segment.
O is for Ochlocracy is exceptional, where zombies put a woman on trial for killing zombies.
In Y is for Youth, a teenage girl imagines the worst possible deaths
for her annoying family members. There are some imaginative gory
deaths in this segment that makes it comically entertaining.
T is for Torture Porn; a young woman auditioning for the latest skin
flick, gets the ultimate revenge against the pornographer.

Many of the segments are amusing but as a whole the film leaves little lasting impression. The film is like a calling card for directors and effects teams rather than an entertainment vehicle itself. Without any unifying thread it’s just too long to watch in one sitting. I liked this one a little better than the first because I was turned off by some of questionable subject matter in the 1st one, but overall, the ABC’s of death films are nothing more than a novelty. Unless they do something drastically different in the future, I probably wouldn’t bother wasting my time on another film in the series.

Added note – Some of these segments can be seen on Youtube. I myself, watched it on Netflix (in 3 sittings, a third at a time).

8 thoughts on “ABC’s of Death 2 – movie review

  1. My favorite one was probably the last one, which was entirely fucked up. The problem with anthologies with so much content is that the bad usually out weighs the good.

  2. Haven’t seen this one yet. Agree with your sentiments at least in terms of the first, in that it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. I’m not usually offended by material in horror flicks, but there was some very questionable stuff in that first one (I think it was L is for Libido from memory that was the worst case). All that being said, I do intend on getting around to this at some stage.

    • Yes, L for Libido and the Miscarriage one, were not to my liking. We all know these bad things happen in real life but that doesn’t make them entertainment. With 2 it was again the animated shorts I enjoyed the most.

  3. Ahh I definitely need to watch this film, great review! The ABC’s of Death are distributed by Monster Pictures who are based in Melbourne, Australia, they distribute some really good horror films 🙂 Starry Eyes is definitely one I would recommend!

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