In Theaters: March 8th, 2013
Runtime: 2 hours 09 minutes (129 minutes)
Rated R for disturbing violent content, grisly images and language.
Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABCs of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived, with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by childrenâs educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six 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.
Most are exercises in sickening bad taste, with an emphasis on human bodily functions.
Critic Score: 1/4
At its best when merging shocks with social commentary, this halting compilation improves significantly as it nears the end of the alphabet.
Critic Score: 3/5
An enormously impressive and massively indulgent cornucopia of 26 short films from all over the world.
It's a feast for fans of the genre and a guaranteed ordeal for everyone else.
Critic Score: 2.5/4
There are just too many stories to fit into two hours - and even with fewer weak links, The ABCs of Death might have fallen short all the same.
Critic Score: 3.5/10
Some shorts are four-star material, others incomprehensible and disgusting. The sum total is a cinematic abecedary that barely gets a passing grade.
Critic Score: 2/4
What's unexpected is how thoroughly The ABCs of Death's ample duds overshadow its treasures, and how uninspired it feels as a whole.
The ABCs of Death is an appallingly bad concoction of disgusting shorts that run through the alphabet but really should've stopped at "A."
Has no shortage of inventive, ironic and gruesome sketches, but the novelty of its successes just barely outweighs its stillborn stuff.
©2013 Magnolia Pictures