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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.”

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Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    The Playlist - by Ryan Gowland
    The end result provides a range of quality, from the inspired and creative to the lazy and insipid, but one that horror fans will certainly devour. ...read more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine - by Ed Gonzalez
    Tellingly, this horror anthology's finest entries convey how real horror comes in more than shades of red, and how it lives inside us all. ...read more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    At its best when merging shocks with social commentary, this halting compilation improves significantly as it nears the end of the alphabet. ...

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Ethan Gilsdorf
    Do your tastes delve into the sick, ultra-violent, and disturbing? Then you may find The ABCs of Death, an anthology of about two dozen short films, inventive and funny. Otherwise, as you consume this serving of alphabet soup, “A” may as well stand for “atrocious,” “B” for “bloodbath,” and “C” for “check, please.” ...read more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    An instant midnight movie, a morbid mishmash of styles and filmmaking formats – 26 films, 26 filmmakers from the four corners of the horror globe, all making short films about death. It’s not for everyone. ...read more

  • 42
    The A.V. Club - by Tasha Robinson
    Many of the shorts are visibly impressive, given their scant budgets, and there’s no end of visual and thematic creativity stretched throughout the anthology; there are, after all, a million horrible, memorable ways to die. ...read more

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    There's no sense of pacing here, as would be the case in a single feature-length narrative in which a wise filmmaker would vary the intensity level. Instead, what we get is a ceaseless visual and emotional assault. That makes for an exhausting movie-going experience. This is by no means a feel-good film. This is a feel-bad film -- and at times a feel-icky film. ...read more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    Only Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, directors of 2009’s stylish Amer, emerge intact with “O Is for Orgasm,” a surging montage of fluid colors and moans. ...read more

  • 30
    Village Voice - by Mark Holcomb
    What's unexpected is how thoroughly The ABCs of Death's ample duds overshadow its treasures, and how uninspired it feels as a whole. ...read more

  • 25
    New York Post - by V.A. Musetto
    Most are exercises in sickening bad taste, with an emphasis on human bodily functions. The biggest stinkers? “T Is for Toilet” and “F Is for Fart.” ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. John

    WTF did i just watch?! haha the Japanese shorts were made by some sick, twisted minds :/ Some of the letters were ok but most were just garbidge. could have been a cool concept with better directors and bigger budgets. 2/5 for the few letters that were watchable.