I have always been a fan of horror movies, so naturally I gravitate towards this kind of thing. In between painting and converting Warhammer miniatures and my other day to day activities, I am also known to watch movies and series on Netflicks. It was during my most recent Netflicks binge that I had just reach season 4 of Spartacus and feeling bored of seeing half naked men running around with swords with the random porn scene with big breasted women when I decided that I wanted a “quick fix”, a movie that was short and sweet (or rather short and scary). That’s when I noticed the ABC’s of Death 2 under my personal recommendations, so I decided to watch it.
ABCs of Death 2 is not really a movie, but a collection of video shorts created by directors world wide. Each director is given a letter in the alphabet and was allowed freedom to direct a short movie based on any word from that letter of the alphabet. I might give some of these directors credit for creativity, but for the most part, the ABC’s of Death 2 was really disappointing and I was bored with nearly all the video shorts. The only one that really stood out was the clay animation piece, but only because the clay animate objects were ever so creepy and disturbing. The overall story (if you could even consider it a story) seemed juvenile in theme and it seemed like it came from the mind of angst driven teenager from the 90’s.
Above: The clay animates were creepy and disturbing, but the theme of “everyone dies” was not my cup of tea. It was like a scary dream that would find me waking up from in a cold sweat realizing that my mind was playing tricks on me; more silly than terrifying, but then again, the only way I would believe this to be real horror was if I actually experienced it in a nightmare.
Another piece that stood out was the zombie man on bath salts. It was obviously a tribute to the man in Florida who was dubbed the “zombie” after he took bath salts and ate the face off a homeless man. The moral of the story, was obviously “don’t use bath salts, kids”. Clever with a slight twist of dark humor squeezed in.
In conclusion, I wouldn’t say the ABC’s of Death 2 was bad and I give mad props to all the directors involved in its making, as they all put their hearts into it. The bottom line is that the ABC’s of death was just not my cup of tea, as I prefer Gothic Horror and movies with more suspense myself. I might recommend this to anyone with a sense of dark humor, maybe hipsters, gore hounds and college kids in their early to mid 20’s might also get a kick out of this. I can’t say I was really inspired though.