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The ABCs of Death (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 26 April 2013 (UK)
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A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.

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Ant Timpson (based on a nightmare by), Nacho Vigalondo | 18 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Llorach ... Woman (segment "A is for Apocalypse")
Miquel Insua Miquel Insua ... Man (segment "A is for Apocalypse")
Alejandra Urdiaín Alejandra Urdiaín ... Dulce (segment "B is for Bigfoot") (as Alejandra Urdiain)
Harold Torres ... Erik (segment "B is for Bigfoot")
Greta Martinez Greta Martinez ... Xochitl (segment "B is for Bigfoot") (as Greta Martínez)
Pablo Guisa Koestinger ... Yeti (segment "B is for Bigfoot")
Matías Oviedo Matías Oviedo ... Bruno (segment "C is for Cycle")
Juanita Ringeling ... Alicia (segment "C is for Cycle")
Steve Berens ... The Fighter (segment "D is for Dogfight")
Riley the Dog ... The Dog (segment "D is for Dogfight")
Chris Hampton Chris Hampton ... The Figther's Trainer (segment "D is for Dogfight")
George Marquez George Marquez ... The Dog's Trainer (segment "D is for Dogfight")
Erik Aude ... Beat Down Dude (segment "D is for Dogfight")
Lisa Lynch ... Card Girl (segment "D is for Dogfight")
Imogen Mcaulay Imogen Mcaulay ... The Baby (segment "D is for Dogfight")
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Storyline

The ABC's OF DEATH is an ambitious anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children's educational ABC books, the motion picture is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and ultimately confrontational; THE ABC's OF DEATH is the definitive snapshot of the diversity of modern horror. Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films are proud to present this alphabetical arsenal of destruction orchestrated by what Fangoria calls "a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world." Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Horror

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English | Spanish | Japanese | German | French | Korean

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,110, 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$21,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,589
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The opening shot of each of the 26 short films features the camera panning away from something red, for example, a red dinner tray in the "A" film, a red circle on a characters headband in the "S" film, etc. See more »

Goofs

In segment N, the young man is standing on the left side, but later the blood scatters from the right. See more »

Quotes

Dad: Lots of people have died on the toilet.
Mum: Like who?
Dad: Elvis.
Mum: He died on the bathroom floor.
Dad: Yeah. Died on the toilet and then fell over.
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(From the ending title of I is for Ingrown) 2015 women murdered in the last 10 years in Mexico 200 women a month The horror is not on the screen See more »

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Referenced in Rick and Morty: The ABC's of Beth (2017) See more »

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A Bonkers Collection.
19 April 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

A collection of 26 short films from 26 directors from all over the world, each using a different letter of the alphabet for their theme, The ABCs of Death is an ambitious experiment in horror that, although far too much of a mixed bag to prove wholly entertaining, still offers enough for fans of outrageous cinema to enjoy. Whatever your taste in horror, there will most likely be something here to cater for it, and with each segment being an average running length of just 4 minutes, if you don't like the current tale it's not long before something different comes along.

A large proportion of the films are either frustratingly weak (guilty parties: Adam Wingard, Andrew Traucki, Simon Rumley), utterly perplexing, regrettably mediocre (Angela Bettis, come on down) or just plain bad (yes, Ti West, I'm looking at you—again!), threatening to make the film more of an 'Eh?-to-Zzzzzz' of horror than an A-to-Z (yeah, OK, I shoe-horned that line in, but it was too good to waste!).

Thankfully, the good stuff—the really wild stuff—makes it all worthwhile and then some: Marcel Sarmiento's 'D is for Dogfight' is beautifully shot in slow motion throughout; Xavier Gens' 'X Is for XXL' is wonderfully gory, just as one might imagine from the man who gave us Frontier(s); Thomas Cappelen Malling's 'H is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion' comes across like a live-action cartoon on crack; 'L is for Libido' is fap-tastically depraved; crude claymation short 'T is for Toilet' may lack the finesse of a Nick Park film, but is tons gorier; and words cannot do justice to the insanity on display in Yoshihiro Nishimura's 'Z is for Zetsumetsu'.

Even if, like me, you only really enjoy (or even understand) a handful of these twisted works of art, The ABCs of Death is a commendable effort and easily worth a couple of hours of any degenerate's time; while I can't see myself watching the whole thing again in a hurry, there are certain chapters that I'm sure I'll revisit many times over in the future.


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