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06 Mar 2013

Home Video Review: 'The ABCs of Death' Is a Mix of Genius and Horrendous

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Twenty-six directors each get a death-related word corresponding to a letter in the alphabet, and they go to town—often in disgusting fashion, and the result is The ABCs of Death.

Some of the shorts are truly classic, while others are bizarre beyond comprehension, and others are just bad. Standouts include “D” for “Dogfight,” in which some dog-fighting gamblers get their comeuppance. I also liked “F” for “Fart,” and I’m not even going to try to explain what happens in this segment.

Many of the segments go way, way overboard with the violence and will surely turn off viewers of all kinds. Consider yourself warned that the movie goes beyond an R-rating (it is actually unrated) when it comes to the yucky stuff; for example, you will see a knife shooting out of a large penis.

Some of the directors include Ti West (The Innkeepers) and Angela Bettis (star of the very creepy May). You will laugh, but you may come close to barfing as well, so don’t eat too much before taking it in. 

The ABCs of Death is available on-demand and on iTunes.

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