Movie Review: The ABC’s of Death 2

AbC's of Death 2 poster

@LiamHoofe learns his ABC’s of Death 2…

Back in 2013 The ABCs of Death hit our screens, am ambitious project which gave 26 directors a letter of the alphabet each to create a short film with. Their film would have to depict a death with which the method began with the letter they had been given.

The films ambition saw it’s production take place over 15 different countries using directors from all around the world. Whilst the films ambition was undeniable the films success rate was low; the majority of the films were poor to average and the few good ones got lost in the mix.

The films sequel, The ABCs of Death 2 repeats the idea but has ironed out the majority of the originals issues. Reviewing an anthology of short films is always going to be a difficult task and reviewing each film individually would take up more time than I have but on the whole, excusing a few hiccups The ABCs of Death 2 is a success.

Scene from The ABC's of Death
The great thing about an anthology consisting of 26 short films is that if one doesn’t satisfy, there will be another one along shortly to change the mood of things. The ABCs of Death 2 manages to do all the things the first wanted to – showing a wide range of quality directors all of which utilise different styles and techniques. Some are funny, some are terrifying and others are just out right grotesque.

A personal stand out came early on in the film, D is for Deloused by British short film director and animator Robert Morgan is a nightmarish stop motion piece about a man who uses a bug to help him get revenge on a group of men who executed him.

Other notable features come from Julian Barrett, of The Mighty Boosh fame, Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales, who recently brought us Big Bad Wolves and The Soska Sisters, best known to horror fans for their work on American Mary.

There is plenty for horror aficionados to sink their teeth into in The ABCs of Death 2, a rare horror sequel that surpasses its original by some way. Whilst the film may occasionally dip in quality there is enough variety here to please horror fans everywhere.

Liam Hoofe

Twitter: @LiamHoofe

Images: IMDb

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