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The ABCs of Death (2012): Trailer Talk and a Guide to the Shorts and Directors

November 15, 2012

Not Safe For Work:
Folks, let’s be real.  No article called The ABCs of Death should be considered suitable for workplace viewing.  In my horror entries, you just may encounter images of graphic gore or evil babies tearing out of their mothers, melting flesh, gaping wounds with hanging entrails, and other disturbing, gore-slathered imagery that you don’t want your boss to see on your screen when looking over your shoulder.  The same applies doubly for the TRAILER, which includes nudity.
Now THAT is an amazing poster!

As a fan of gross-out gobs of gobbledy-gook horror and creative and/or funny and/or just plain awful twisted death scenes, this movie will NO MATTER WHAT be a big pleaser for the darker side of my soul.


I’m super excited about the claymation short (T is for Toilet) and “D is for Dogfight.”  The trailer shows us a wide range of filming styles, varied and creative special effects, some nice use of slow-motion and all manner of gore.

This is the best thing to hit film since Faces of Death.  Only with this, there are no issues of conscience since it’s all fake—so just plain old fun!  Like a child’s ABC books, the film is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter. Each director had total freedom to choose a word to create a story involving death; 26 directors from around the world have contributed all manner of random death clips.  Mwahahahahaha.

Video On-Demand Release Date:  January 31, 2013

Theatrical Release Date:   March 8, 2012

I’m a huge fan of horror anthology movies. They get a little flack because they come from a range of writers, directors and production quality–but that’s what I like.  It also makes horror shorts available to those of us who do not attend film school or genre-geared film fests (e.g., Fantastic Fest).  If you don’t like a film in Creepshow (3 stories) you’d wait 20-30 minutes for the next story.  With V/H/S (5 stories) one need wait only 10-20 minutes.  However this has 26 stories, so you’d only have to wait what?  Maybe 5 minutes?  Yup.  This is going to be like a highlights reel of Fangoria favorites!

Below is an ABC guide to the shorts, their directors, and their past work…

“A is for Apocalypse” by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, The Profane Exhibit)

“B is for Bigfoot” by Adrián García Bogliano (Penumbra)

“C is for Cycle” by Ernesto Díaz Espinoza (Mandrill, Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman)

“D is for Dogfight” by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl)

“E is for Exterminate” by Angela Bettis (Roman)

“F is for Fart” by Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha, Mutant Girl Squad)

“G is for Gravity” by Andrew Traucki (The Reef, The Jungle)

“H is for Hyrdo-Electric Diffusion” by Thomas Cappelen Malling (Norwegian Ninja)

“I is for Ingrown” by Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are)

“J is for Jidai-geki” by Yudai Yamaguchi (Meatball Machine, Yakuza Weapon)

“K is for Klutz” by Anders Morgenthaler (Echo)

“L is for Libido” by Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre)

“M is for Miscarriage” by Ti West (The Innkeepers, V/H/S)

“N is for Nuptials” by Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter)

“O is for Orgasm” by Hélène Cattet (Amer) & Bruno Forzani (Amer)

“P is for Pressure” by Simon Rumley (The Living and the Dead, Little Deaths)

“Q is for Quack” by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, V/H/S)

“R is for Removed” by Srdjan Spasojevic (A Serbian Film)

“S is for Speed” by Jake West (Evil Aliens, Doghouse)

“T is for Toilet” by Lee Hardcastle (claymation TV show Done in 60 seconds. With Clay.)

“U is for Unearthed”  by Ben Wheatley (Kill List)

“V is for Vagitus” by Kaare Andrews (Altitude, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero)

“W is for WTF?” by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Brothers)

“X is for XXL” by Xavier Gens (Hitman, The Divide)

“Y is for Youngbuck” by Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun)

“Z is for Zetsumetsu” by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, Helldriver)

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