Quite terrible but not without its bright spots. Even though they hit you over the head with it, Libido & XXL were fine. Orgasm was beautiful bullshit I'm afraid. Youngbuck, Toilet, Nuptials, Dogfight, Vagitus, Unearthed and Speed were other highlights for me. Some of these though... W, Z, F, E, K... wasted my time. 2/5 overall. And interesting failed experiment.
It's far from perfect, but what did people expect? A project like this is intentionally risking itself in letting lesser works being made, alongside the good ones, in having such a limited budget, film length, and in who is allowed to contribute to the work. Unlike V/H/S 1, the sequel potentially being for superior, this does not get bogged down with the same mistakes of following the same attitudes of each other. It never felt long, but sped by, viewing this the same way I blitz through short film compilations of various artists, probably better than trying to view works from a single director because there's variety in tone. The anthology is only worth viewing for seeing the flaws and virtues together expect for the rare one where everything's perfect. Spanish language genre cinema looks like it could give the English countries a run for their money. A co-director of Dead Girl redeems himself with the trump card of Letter D. Noboru Iguchi's strange sexual fetishes are charming and bonkers at the same time, and I have no idea what to make of Letter Z, a Sushi Typhoon director given more freedom by having no censor bar for genital nudity and no logic. Letter G is underrated, a fascinating one-off. Yudai Yamaguchi and Adam Wingard are back in my good books for having a fun sense of humour. Letter L (Is For Libido) tries too hard to be trangressive and is just tiresome, while Letter X (is For XXL) can be dismissed for the same reasons because its humanitarian message is so heavy handed. Ti West does no favours in showing how overrated he is to me, while directors like Simon Rumley and Banjong Pisanthanakum have become of interest for future viewing. Some of the shorts are just slapdash, while the fan submitted entry Letter T, while crude looking, has more heart and artistry, and the director of A Serbian Film, which I have no intentions of seeing, does something unexpected by evoking the beginning of cinema and the Lumiere Brothers. The directors I was originally enticed into the film for, Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet, knock the ball out of the park like I hoped with O Is For Orgasm, and the oncoming sequel for this is promising, more so when the score is being expanded to include Bill Plympton and a founder of Nigerian Nollywood cinema.
Good idea, overall poor execution... I was so excited to see this collection by all sorts of international directors, but meh.... I was pretty much disappointed. D for Dogfight was shot well, but I believe that's the only compliment I have for this film. I would watch a second installment though, and hope that this time around, we see some quality work by some more of these lesser known directors...
Couple of gems in here. Someone edit those together maybe? And I'm not talking about the one with the animal suits. Also it's hilarious that someone would pay Ti West to do whatever he wanted in the genre he ostensibly loves and this is what he squeezed out. Says a lot about the dude, and this from someone who liked HOTD...
What do you get when you give a bunch of talentless hacks complete "artistic freedom?" A collage of shit.
A sadistic masturbation competition; a stripteasing nazi fox; a sex-pest school janitor, an hysterical, face-bending samurai; and a Japanese schoolgirl who dies of her teacher’s stinking flatulence. All that, and then some, feature in the partly entertaining, wholly disturbing horror anthology film The ABCs of Death. Read the full review: theframeloop.com/2013/04/16/film-review-the-abcs-of-death-fantastic-fest/
While I absolutely love the idea behind it, gather 26 different genre directors from around the world and give them the choice of a death sequence by that of a letter of the alphabet, the fact that the bad out weigh the good here kinda bring the entire film down. But there are enough good segments to make this unique horror anthology worth checking out.
the only ones that were remotely interesting were A, D, L, Q, U, and X. the rest were either pretentious, boring or desperate attempts at shock and cheap scares. Interesting idea. If only the filmmakers were more unified, if not in vision, at least in quality.