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ABC'S OF DEATH (directors: Nacho Vigalondo, García Bogliano, Diaz Espinoza, Marcel Sarmiento, Angela Bettis, Noboru Iguchi, Andrew Traucki, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Jorge Michel Grau, Yudai Yamaguchi, Anders Morgenthaler, Timo Tjahjanto, Ti West, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Bruno Forzani, Helene Cattet, Simon Rumley, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Srdjan Spasojevic, Jake West, Lee Hardcastle, Ben Wheatley, Kaare Andrews, Jon Schnepp, Xavier Gens, Jason Eisener, Yoshihiro Nishimura; screenwriters: Simon Rumley/Dimitrije Vojnov; Runtime: 129; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Ant Timpson/Tim League; Magnolia Pictures; 2012-English subtitles for films in a foreign language)

"A bomb."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A bomb. This gimmicky experimental mystery/horror pic has 26 emerging international directors each film a short story about death and each title is derived from a letter in the alphabet. It opens with the Italian short Apocalypse directed by Nacho Vigalondo, that shows a wife stabbing her hubby in the neck while he's in bed because she can't wait for the poison to work. It closes with the disrespectful horror spoof “Zetsumetsu” from Japanese director Yoshihiro Nishimura, The anthology's worst pic is probably the scatological gassy lesbian love film “Fart” from Japanese filmmaker Noboru Iguchi. The only short that I found bearable was “Dogfight” by Marcel Sarmiento’s, which tells of a  cage fighter fighting a vicious dog barehanded. The collection also includes a bizarre animated short, called “Hydro-Electric Diffusion” by Norwegian director Thomas Cappelen Malling.

It fails to work as either camp or as a scare film, as the clumsy production turns too much to schlock art and shock characterizations as it wallows in mediocrity.

In case you're interested, here's the complete list of 26 films:

Apocalypse
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo.

Bigfoot
Directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano.

Cycle
Directed by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza.

Dogfight
Directed by Marcel Sarmiento.

Exterminate
Directed by Angela Bettis.

Fart
Directed by Noburo Iguchi.

Gravity
Directed by Andrew Traucki.

Hydro-Electric Diffusion
Directed by Thomas Cappelen Malling.

Ingrown
Directed by Jorge Michel Grau.

Jidai-Geki
Directed by Yudai Yamaguchi.

Klutz
Directed by Anders Morgenthaler.

Libido
Directed by Timo Tjahjanto.

Miscarriage
Directed by Ti West.

Nuptials
Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun.

Orgasm
Directed by Bruno Forzani, Helene Cattet.

Pressure
Directed by Simon Rumley.

Quack
Directed by Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett.

Removed
Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic.

Speed
Directed by Jake West.

Toilet
Directed by Lee Hardcastle.

Unearthed
Directed by Ben Wheatley.

Vagitus
Directed by Kaare Andrews.

WTF!
Directed by Jon Schnepp.

XXL
Directed by Xavier Gens.

Youngbuck
Directed by Jason Eisener.

Zetsumetsu
Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura.

REVIEWED ON 11/30/2013       GRADE: C-

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