The ABCs of Death is a spin on classic children’s books, with each letter of the alphabet representing a different way to die. There was a competition to bring together 26 different segments from 26 different directors for the storybook. Each letter lasts about 3-5 minutes, if one is easily offended or can not stomach gore, this is not a good film choice. For someone such as myself, whose favorite movies are the Saw series, Human Centipede, and Hobo with a Shotgun, this movie was perfect. Tim League, the co-producer, referred to his film as the “perverted” version of children’s books. He cautioned that the film could be very upsetting to pregnant women and parents.
As a self-proclaimed disturbing-film-fanatic, I have never been so disturbed or on the verge of any other film. Having eaten through Human Centipede 1 & 2 and laughing through Hobo with a Shotgun, I was shocked by Abcs of Death, spending most of the letter segments peeking through my fingertips just in case.
Comical relief was much needed by the letter “F,” thankfully it was delivered. Luckily for the viewers periodically we were given a break from the grotesque sequences flashing across the screen.
Some directors were much more creative than others, but all-in-all everyone did a great job putting together their shorts. The letters that stood out the most were “F”, “L”, “M” and “Y” to me. Each was different, “M” stood out because it was the only letter I did not like. I found it uncreative and predictable. The letter “Y” I found the most unique and it was actually gag-causing. When I later discovered the letter “Y” was directed by the director of Hobo with a Shotgun, I was no longer surprised at how well it was put together and how well done it was.
I recommend seeing the ABCs of Death only if you can stomach gore movies and are not overly-sensitive. This is the most disturbing, offensive, twisted and perverted film of 2012.
James Bowen, senior at HPU, gives his reaction to ABCs of Death: