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The ABCs of Death

  • Comedy
  • Horror
  • 2012
  • Nacho Vigalondo
  • 124 mins
  • 18

Summary

A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Even the best film anthologies can be inconsistent, so the producers of this bold project were certainly taking a risk when they asked 26 directors from across the globe to make a short film about death according to a letter assigned to them. Inevitably, the quality across this alphabet of doom is patchy, varying as much as the subject matter. The content ranges from urban myths (Bigfoot, Exterminate) and animated yarns (Toilet) to the bonkers (Fart), the surreal (Orgasm), the darkly comic (Quack) and the downright disturbing (Ingrown, Libido). Gore is not necessarily the prime mover in many of the segments; indeed the better ones have an interesting story to tell (the utterly bizarre Hydro-Electric Diffusion, in which an anthropomorphous cat and dog tangle during the Second World War and Dogfight, with its brilliant use of slo-mo). British talents Simon Rumley, Jake West and Ben Wheatley also produce fascinating work, with Sightseers director Wheatley's unique slant on a vampire hunt in Unearthed especially effective. The whole may not add up to the sum of its parts, but it's a mixed bag that at least has a few choice gems to show for its ambition.

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Credits

Cast

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The fighterSteve Berens
Frau ScheisseMs Martine Arnes
Bertie the bulldogMr Johannes Eilertsen
LuluLucy Clements
RoxanneDarenzia
Lord ScanlonNeil Maskell
Father TomMichael Smiley

Crew

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DirectorNacho Vigalondo
DirectorAdrián García Bogliano
DirectorErnesto Díaz Espinoza
DirectorMarcel Sarmiento
DirectorAngela Bettis
DirectorNoboru Iguchi
DirectorAndrew Traucki
DirectorThomas Cappelen Malling
DirectorJorge Michel Grau
DirectorYudai Yamaguchi
DirectorAnders Morgenthaler
DirectorTimo Tjahjanto
DirectorTi West
DirectorBanjong Pisanthanakun
DirectorHélène Cattet
DirectorBruno Forzani
DirectorSimon Rumley
DirectorAdam Wingard
DirectorSrdjan Spasojevic
DirectorJake West
DirectorLee Hardcastle
DirectorBen Wheatley
DirectorKaare Andrews
DirectorJon Schnepp
DirectorXavier Gens
DirectorJason Eisener
DirectorYoshihiro Nishimura

Details

Theatrical distributor
Monster Pictures
Released on
2013-04-26
Languages
English | German | Korean | Japanese | French | Spanish
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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