The ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

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The ABCs of Death 2 is a 2014 American horror anthology film and a sequel to The ABCs of Death produced by Ant Timpson (Fangoria) and Tim League.

The film was released on VOD platforms on October 2nd 2014 before hitting selected theaters on October 31st.

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Once again 26 directors (and three co-directors) present their own anthology tales:

  • Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
  • Alejandro Brugués
  • Bill Plympton
  • Chris Nash
  • Dennison Ramalho
  • Erik Matti
  • Evan Katz
  • Hajime Ohata
  • Jen and Sylvia Soska
  • Jerome Sable
  • Jim Hosking
  • Juan Martinez Moreno
  • Julian Barratt
  • Julian Gilbey
  • Julien Bustillo and Alexandre Maury
  • Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper
  • Lancelot Imasuen
  • Larry Fessenden
  • Marvin Kren
  • Robert Boocheck
  • Robert Morgan
  • Rodney Ascher
  • Soichi Umezawa
  • Steven Kostanski
  • Todd Rohal
  • Vincenzo Natali

Press Release:

“Taking all that was great from the first installment, ABCs of Death 2 aims to be a wilder, leaner, faster paced and even more entertaining anthology this time around, with a new crop of award-winning, visionary filmmakers from around the globe.

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The ABCs of Death was a wildly ambitious anthology that connected with genre fans in a big way, and we’re all very excited about the potential for the sequel,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “With talented producers Ant and Tim and the incredible roster of directors assembled, we’re confident that ABCs of Death 2 will be even better than the first. “This time around we’re all determined to expand the concept to even more hyperkinetic, comically deranged and mortally dizzying heights of how someone can shuffle off this mortal coil,” said producer Ant Timpson.”

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Reviews:

The ABC’s of Death 2 succeeds in areas the original failed, mainly consistency. I was quietly anxious about repeating the sensory overload experience of its predecessor; at 125 minutes this latest edition is only four minutes shorter, yet feels like more because the newly raised bar has resulted in a much tighter film overall. The new round of alphabetized deaths were mostly delightfully weird (Julian Barratt’s B is for Badger) and wonderful (Kristina Buozyte’s K is for Knell), ranging from the absurd to the clever to the downright thoughtful (Soichi Umezawa’s Y is for Youth).” Rachel Fox, Twitch Film

“Irony is a popular pose struck throughout these shorts, which are less revealing of the existentialist despair that death often rouses than they are of their makers’ prejudices: the playful Gondrian conceptualization of Alejandro Brugués’s E Is for Equilibrium is squandered once it reveals itself as an inane “bros before hoes” pissing contest, and Juan Martinez Moreno’s S Is for Split undermines its nerve-jangly use of split-screen by treating homophobia as a punchline.” Ed Gonzalez, Slant magazine

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Buy ABCs of Death 2 on Blu-ray from Amazon.com

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“There are entries where concept far outshines execution (as in Jen and Sylvia Soska’s amateurish feminist manifesto “T Is For Torture P*rn”) and some that seem like little more than vehicles for heavy-handed politicizing (for example, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s Israel-Palestine cri de coeur “F Is For Falling”). Still others outright offend: Juan Martinez Moreno’s “S Is For Split” is an impeccably crafted split-screen thriller that unfortunately plays into all sorts of rancidly homophobic stereotypes. But it doesn’t cast much of a pall since it’s been preceded by Dennison Ramalho’s “J Is For Jesus,” in which the queerness of its protagonists is a bloodily blessed event.” Keith Uhlich, A.V. Club

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“While the shock quotient is lower and the concept still flawed – with 26 shorts in a row something of an endurance test – the quality is higher this time around, meaning that ABCs 2 featuring many more hits than misses.” Chris Tilly, IGN

“In the end, despite all the creativity that went into the project, ABCs of Death 2 is still a bad movie. Actually, it’s nearly two dozen bad movies rolled into one, lumping a whole lot of lousy acting, lame effects and questionable ideas … into an exhausting two-hour running time.” Peter Debruge, Variety

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