Monday, April 13, 2015

ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

Number Rolled: 30
Movie Name/Year: ABCs of Death 2 (2014)
Genre: Horror
Length: 122 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Drafthouse Films, Magnet Releasing, Okta, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida, Rook Films, Shaiker, Soychiume Co., Tea Shop & Company, Timpson Films
Executive Producer: James Harris, Mark Lane
Director: Assorted
Writer: Assorted
Actors: Assorted

---------!!Mild Spoilers Below This Line!! ---------

Like the first film, this movie is an anthology. Twenty-six directors, or teams of directors, were each given one letter of the English alphabet. The challenge was to create a story for their letter that explored death. None of the short films in this anthology are over ten minutes long. The list of segments is as follows:

          A – Amateur
          B – Badger
          C – Capital Punishment
          D – Deloused
          E – Equilibrium
          F – Falling
          G – Grandad
          H – Head Games
          I – Invincible
          J – Jesus
          K – Knell
          L – Legacy
          M – Masticate
          N – Nexus
          O – Ochlocracy
          P – P-P-P-P SCARY!
          Q – Questionnaire
          R – Roulette
          S – Split
          T – Torture Porn
          U – Utopia
          V – Vacation
          W – Wish
          X – Xylophone
          Y – Youth
          Z – Zygote

I was not looking forward to this movie. Since I’ve added The ABCs of Death 2 to my list, I’ve had dread in the pit of my stomach every time I’ve rolled. The first one was horrifying, and not in the good-horror-movie kind of way. It was horrifying in the: “OH MY GOD I CAN’T UNSEE THIS!” kind of way.

Like the first movie, there were a few segments that were not only acceptable, but kind of good. “Amateur,” “Capital Punishment,” “Falling,” “Split,” “Utopia,” and “Youth” are all segments I will remember as good. The majority of the others I’ll forget completely in the next couple of hours (if I haven’t already). Then there are the few that were so grotesque and/or strange that I will likely remember them all the way to my death bed. “Deloused,” “P-P-P-P SCARY!,” and “Wish” are among them.

Like the first film in the set, I’m left with a feeling of dread and hostility after watching it through. The only reason this film scored as high as it did, was because there were more segments I truly enjoyed and less segments that made me want to bathe in bleach.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 44%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 2.2/5
Trust-the-Dice Score2/5

The Random Rating: R

P.S. There’s a small scene after the credits that seems to be from segment “T”

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