THE ABC's OF DEATH

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  1. ReelFear

    ReelFear New Member

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    Here is an interesting concept. 26 directors, each one does a short film based on a letter of the alphabet that deals with death in some way. as you might expect this kind of movie is going to be all over the place in terms of style and content.

    Some of the segments are visually amazing including Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl) segment "D Is for Dogfight", Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Amer) segment "O is for Orgasm", others are brutal and bloody - Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) segment "A Is for Apocalypse", Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film) segment "R Is for Removed", and Xavier Gens (The Divide) segment "X Is for XXL", and unfortunately a few are just plain terrible, the worst being Ti West (The innkeepers) "M is for Miscarriage".

    A mixed bag for sure, but i have to admit i was never bored and couldn't wait to see what would come next. This will make a good party movie for horror enthusiasts and may even inspire amateur filmmakers to try a short film of their own. The good outweighs the bad here and there's so much insanity along the way that I'm giving The ABC's Of DEATH an 8 out of 10!
     
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    How long is each segment, 5-10 min?
     
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    Yes, an average of 5 minutes each, give or take. Total running time is over 2 hours.
     
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    Steel76 Well-Known Member

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    Some of the segments, especially the one from the "Hobo with a shotgun" director, was insanely funny and entertaining. Much more so than most full lenght movies coming out these days :)
     
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    I did not like this at all. I was slightly interested at the start, but honestly this lost me at F and pretty much got worse as it went along. I was dozing off a lot around R and woke up enough at the end to find Z most hateful of all. $12 and 2+ hours later I wish I had done just about anything else.
     
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    Watched this one a few weeks ago, and it was 50/50 for me. The ones that were good were pretty good, with a few being exceptionally good (U for Unearthed). But the ones that were bad were abysmally horrible. Each director(s) after being assigned a letter had 5 minutes max runtime and $5000 and complete creative freedom. It's like a mix tape, so everyone is going to get something different out of it depending on their preferences. Unforunately a lot of them go the shock/gross our route which just seems too juvenile.

    Here's the run down of what I liked and what sucked.

    Good
    A (Nacho Vigalondo)
    D (Marcel Sarmiento)
    I (Jorge Michel Grau)
    J (Yudai Yamaguchi)
    M (Ti West)
    N (Banjong Pisanthanakun)
    O (Bruno Forzani)
    P (Simon Rumley)
    T (Lee Hardcastle)
    U (Ben Wheatley)
    Y (Jason Eisener)

    Middle of the Road
    H (Thomas Cappelen Malling)
    K (Anders Morgenthaler)
    L (Timo Tjahjanto)
    Q (Adam Wingard)
    X (Xavier Gens)

    Bad
    B (Adrián García Bogliano)
    C (Ernesto Díaz Espinoza)
    E (Angela Bettis)
    F (Noboru Iguchi)
    G (Andrew Traucki)
    R (Srdjan Spasojevic)
    S (Jake West)
    V (Kaare Andrews)
    W (Jon Schnepp)
    Z (Yoshihiro Nishimura)
     
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  7. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister The Schlock King

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    Loved-D,H,L,R,S,T,U,V,X,Y
    Liked-A,C,I,K,N
    OK-B
    Hated-E,F,G,J,M,O,P,Q,W,Z

    Although I like/love more than I hated the ones I hated are REALLLLY terrible and bring down the film for me.
     
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    It was an interesting concept that turned out average. The only segements I trulty hated were F is for Fart and G is for Gravity, the majority where just ok. As for the ones I really liked.

    A Is for Apocalypse
    D Is for Dogfight
    L is for Libido
    M Is for Miscarriage
    T Is for Toilet
    U Is for Unearthed
    V is for Vagitus
    W is for WTF
    X Is for XXL
    Y Is for Youngbuck
     
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    These concept films are really annoying and I just don't care for them. If and when should I find myself watching it better be free. No way I am spending cash on dumb shit like this sorry.
     
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    You won't regret that decision. Wish I had thought about it that way.
     
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    mcchrist A new breed of pervert!

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    I hardly ever invest my time in horror anymore, a lot of it has to do with gimmicky stuff like this.
     
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    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    I got bored and really annoyed round about G or so... then flipped through the rest... though that samurai one was pretty funny!
     
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    How can a Horror fan not want to invest time in Horror?
     
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    He possibly referring to modern American horror.
     
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    Caught up to this today. It was a mixed bag of course but overall I enjoyed it. Lots of interesting stuff to take in. X Is for XXL (Xavier Gens) was probably my favorite. Although there were some other really good one too.
     
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    mcchrist A new breed of pervert!

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    No, it's horror in general. There's a hellish glut of it to the point it's an abused and worn out genre. You walk into a best buy or turn on netflix you see nothing but titles like Crackheads vs. Zombies or Sasquatch Zombie Chainsaw Massacre or Badass Crackhead Werewolves vs. Zombie Vampire Assholes. I understand homage, I get it, I've done it, but my god. It has literally turned to the point where even the classics are boring or even a turn off for me.

    A horror fan doesn't invest in horror anymore because it is a waste of time, sadly.

    Note: While I made up titles to prove a point here they will most likely be made by someone within the next few weeks.
     
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    Well aren't you a Debbie Downer.:p
     
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    I saw some previews of this and it just seems to mix-tape like for me. Cool concept, but I have no desire to sit through endless onscreen deaths just for the hell of it.

    As for horror being a waste time, well for me modern day horror is a waste of time. I think the invention of digital film has a lot to do with it. Back in the day you were forced to attempt something interesting with limited resources which included film itself. Since film is now digital you can lazily shoot whatever kind of garbage you want over and over without being constrained to film like you once were.
     
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    I love the concept. Saw an ad for this at my local indie cinema and will definitely check it out, realizing that of course it's a mixed bag.
     
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    I think you're right about the fact that because digital is so cheap that will invite a ton of hack filmmakers. Yet on the other hand it will also open the door to talented filmakers who may not in normal circumstances get the resources to get their stuff out there. It all evens out, We as fans just need to do more work in finding those gems.
     

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