The premise: 26 directors were each given a letter of the alphabet. They were then able to choose any word beginning with that better and create a film about death with no restraint. Absolute and total freedom to be as depraved as they want within a 5 minute time frame.
It's an anthology film. An experiment. A project... and above all, a celebration!
I have nothing negative to say about The ABCs of Death. It is one of the most joyous films I've seen in years. While some segments are stronger than others It is nonetheless clear that every director had a ball. There is so much affection for the genre on display and the movie is not what most people would expect it to be. Sure, there's some depravity... gruesome, gory and disturbing images... but there's a hell of a lot of laughs too. From deadly farts to monstrous toilets... stripped flesh, giant robots and Nazi felines. This movie will have you laughing one minute and cringing the next. The standout letters for me were easily D, Q and T.
The actual titles for each short are left until the conclusion of each story, which is a masterstroke because it allows each filmmaker to toy with the audience. You know what letter you're up to and you spend your time trying to guess what the word will be. Some are obvious and others not so. Its a really clever concept.
I think the success of the film is that it's simple and ingenious. With each story no more than 5 minutes long, the entire 125 minute running time flies by and when the awesome credits roll (FUCKING SKYHOOKS) you are craving more... well I was, anyway. The good news is that a sequel has recently been announced and so I am personally hoping that it leads to 26 movies to really round it off. Great fun.... SUPER FUN!! (Horror rules)