The ABCs of Death | Chicago Reader

The ABCs of Death

Rated NR 123 minutes 2013

Twenty-six horror/fantasy filmmakers contribute three- or four-minute shorts, each taking death as its theme and a letter of the alphabet as its inspiration. For the most part, this international anthology is a marathon of sadism, misogyny, scatology, and dismemberment, though there are a few episodes worth seeking out if you ever rent the DVD: in Ernesto Diaz Espinoza's narrative loop "C Is for Cycle," a man is attacked by his own doppelganger; in Thomas Cappelen Malling's "H Is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion," live actors romp around in bizarre costumes as an English bulldog in RAF gear and a feline stripper who turns out to be a Nazi spy; and in "Q Is for Quack," filmmaker Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett resolve to shoot a duck for their segment but wind up killing each other. Other contributors include Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), Ti West (The Innkeepers), and Ben Wheatley (Sightseers).

Film Credits

Director: Angela Bettis, Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Bruno Forzani, Adrián García Bogliano, Xavier Gens, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Malling, Jorge Grau, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, Mikael Wulff, Yûdai Yamaguchi and Lee Hardcastle

Producer: Ant Timpson, Tim League and Tom Quinn

Cast: Iván González, Ingrid Berdal, Kyra Zagorsky, Dallas Malloy, Darenzia, Lee Hardcastle, Arisa Nakamura, Fraser Corbett, Lucy Clements, Harold Torres, Takashi Nishina and Peter Pedrero

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