ABCs of Death 2

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ABCs of Death 2
Abcs of death 2 theatrical.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVarious directors
Produced by
Written byVarious screenwriters
StarringVarious actors
Music byVarious composers
CinematographyVarious cinematographers
Edited byVarious editors
Production
company
Distributed byMagnet Releasing
Release date
  • September 18, 2014 (2014-09-18) (Fantastic Fest)
  • January 1, 2017 (2017-01-01) (Limited release)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States[1]
LanguageEnglish
Japanese
Spanish
German

ABCs of Death 2 is a 2014 American anthology horror comedy film produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League. It contains 26 different shorts, each by different directors spanning various countries. It is a sequel to the 2012 film The ABCs of Death.[2] Directors featured include Jim Hosking, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, the Soska sisters, Julian Barrett, Rodney Ascher, Kristina Buožytė, Larry Fessenden, Aharon Keshales, Bill Plympton, and Vincenzo Natali.

The film received a much more positive response than its predecessor. A second sequel, ABCs of Death 2.5, was released in late 2016.

Plot[edit]

Exactly like the first film, the sequel is divided into twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. The varieties of death range from accidents to murders.[3]

A contest was held for the role of the twenty-sixth director. The winner was music video director Robert Boocheck, who submitted his short for M.[4]

Content[edit]

The movie begins with a creepy stop-motion storybook that opens showing children doing a variety of fun activities that end up being very deadly (i.e. a jump rope slices a girl in half, children playing ball with a boy's head and a girl on a swing made from a boy's intestines.) Throughout the film, a teacher with a skeleton face presents the titles to all the segments with each of the segments ending and beginning with a focus on, or a fade into, the color black.

Title written and directed by Description
A is for Amateur E. L. Katz An assassin is hired to kill a notorious drug dealer. The assassin makes it to the building, crawls through the air vents and kills his target. This however turns out to be a fantasy as when he gets to the air vents, they are realistically small, dirty and covered with sharp objects. The assassin gets stuck and bleeds to death. Three weeks later, the smell of rotting flesh leads those in the drug dealer's apartment to the assassin's corpse, which then falls from the air vents, causing his gun to go off and kill his target.
B is for Badger Julian Barratt In the first found footage short, Peter Toland (Julian Barratt), a rude, narcissistic wildlife documentary director berates his crew as he tries to report on the local badgers that have presumably been killed off by waste from a nearby power plant. Whilst Toland is busy, the crew hear unusual sounds, and when they insert a boom mic into a badger hole to inspect, the mic cover is chewed up and spat out again by an unseen creature. Toland returns to further berate them, but is then attacked and killed by the same creature, his last words being "cut".
C is for Capital Punishment Julian Gilbey Fletcher is accused by the population of a small town of killing local teenager Lucy Wilson, and is sentenced to be executed in the woods. The locals however then discover from a breaking news report that Lucy ran away with her boyfriend and has been found alive. Two of the townspeople race to stop the execution, but get into a car accident and die. After a number of inept execution attempts leave Fletcher horribly wounded and in agony, he is finallly beheaded.
D is for Deloused Robert Morgan In this stop-motion animated short, a man is being held prisoner in a dingy chamber, strapped to a table. A trio of louse-covered, fleshy ghouls enter the room and kill the man, using a needle-tipped, vacuum-like tube. As they leave, one of the ghouls swats and crushes a louse, and from its remains a giant louse soon emerges. This louse consumes the dead man's hand, creating a living copy of him who then beheads his killers. He takes their heads and shoves them into the insect's abdomen only for his head to get stuck in the hole. He pulls it out, but his neck gets distended. The headless ghouls take his original head and shove it into the abdomen as they all die. The giant insect becomes small and crawls into what was once the man's head.
E is for Equilibrium Alejandro Brugués Two castaways lead a dull life when one day a young woman washes up on the beach. The two take care of her and she brings them back to a civilized state with her falling in love with the younger castaway. The older castaway soon grows jealous and sabotages their growing love. The two men fight, but in a moment of reflection the younger man kills the woman instead. The two men are seen standing on the beach with a sign that once said "SEND HELP" now reading "SEND BEER".
F is for Falling Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado An Israeli female paratrooper wakes up stuck in a tree and is found by an Arab boy. The boy threatens to shoot her due to them being enemies, but the woman reasons to the boy to instead cut her down and take her to his commanders. After some hesitation, the boy cuts her down, but the woman breaks her leg. The boy fumbles his gun and accidentally shoots himself. Overcome with sympathy the woman cradles the boy's body as his reinforcements arrive.
G is for Grandad Jim Hosking A rude young man who has been living with grandfather for a year is exasperated by his grandfather's retro taste and lifestyle. They prepare for bed as the young man mocks his grandfather. However, the young man is horrified to learn that his grandfather lives under his bed and dresses just like him. He stabs his grandson in the neck before revealing that he is a eunuch.
H is for Head Games Bill Plympton A man and woman kiss until their tongues, eyeballs and other features become weapons blasting at each other. The short ends with both of their heads now containing big holes as the two collapse.
I is for Invincible Erik Matti A family has the matriarch tied up to a chair as they stab, shoot and poison her in an attempt to gain their inheritance. She offers a stone that she keeps in her mouth that curses her with invincibility, but the family refuses. Eventually, Caloy, one of the inheritors, sets her on fire. As the family figure how to split the inheritance, the matriarch rises mocking them. Carmela, the youngest, beheads her, but the matriarch spits the stone into her mouth, causing Carmela to swallow the stone and allowing the matriarch to die.
J is for Jesus Dennison Ramalho A young man is kidnapped by an evangelist and a reverend for being gay after being hired by the man's father. They imply to the man that his lover was killed by them. As they torture him to "convert", the young man sees them as horrific monsters. The young man's lover appears as a pale skinned being and kills the torturers before branding a tattoo on the man reading "Love is the Law".
K is for Knell Kristina Buožytė and Bruno Samper A girl is painting her toes in her apartment when she notices that the lights in the adjacent building have gone dark. She realizes that a strange black liquid is slowly taking over her building and can't escape. Eventually she begins to bleed as a trail of her blood touches a trail of the black liquid.
L is for Legacy Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen Ogiso Owodo is tasked by his queen, Esaogho, to sacrifice the prince so that the women of their village can have more male children. He refuses and instead kills a rat and bathes his sword in its blood. In retaliation, the demon, Ubini, appears in the village and slaughters many of the people. Ogiso is later shown being shamed for not fulfilling his duty.
M is for Masticate Robert Boocheck A man, credited as himself (Pat Daniel), is seen running down the street in his underwear in slow-motion. He shoves many civilians out of the way before attacking and biting the ear off of a bystander. A cop arrives and shoots Pat dead. 34 minutes earlier, it's revealed that Pat had taken bath salts after being offered them by a friend.
N is for Nexus Larry Fessenden A man, dressed as Frankenstein's Monster, hurries to meet his girlfriend, dressed as The Bride, on Halloween. Meanwhile, an impatient business woman and her distracted cab driver race through the streets. The Bride briefly interacts with a skeleton boy and his pirate father as the Monster races on his bike. The driver, distracted by his crossword puzzle, hits the Monster whose bike hits the skeleton killing them both. The Bride screams in terror.
O is for Ochlocracy (mob rule) Hajime Ohata Kana Miyazaki is put on trial by zombies for her "murderous rampage" against them despite there already being a cure called Z-cu. She even shot her own daughter, Mai, when she was bitten. Much of the evidence points to her guilt, even though it was self-defense, and even Mai, now a zombie, pleads against her saying "she enjoyed it". Kana is placed in the electric chair where previous living people lie dead in front of her. After swearing that she will kill them all, the officer pulls the switch, but Kana and the previous dead prisoners come back as zombies.
P is for P-P-P-P SCARY! Todd Rohal An homage to black and white comedy, Kirby, Puppy and Bart, dressed as prisoners, find themselves in a dark void with only a candle for light. They find a man with a baby who begins dancing to an Irish jig. The man, whose face begins distorting, blows out their candle numerous times until Kirby realizes that Puppy and Bart have transformed into grotesque puddles. The man reveals the baby's face, an adult man's face, and blows out the candle one last time.
Q is for Questionnaire Rodney Ascher A man takes an intelligence test on the street with a nice woman who notes that he is doing well. Juxtaposed with this scene, footage of the man's brain being forcibly removed and transferred to a gorilla after he aced the test.
R is for Roulette Marvin Kren Michael, Nina and Klaus are in a basement playing Russian roulette. They take turns pulling the trigger, but none of them get the bullet. On the sixth try, Michael is next. He and Nina tell each other that they love each other, but Michael turns the gun on Nina killing her. Klaus checks on a noise from upstairs. Michael thinks that it won't be that bad with Klaus following up with "We're about to find out".
S is for Split Juan Martinez Moreno Robert is on a business trip in France and calls his wife Miriam who is in Britain. An intruder breaks into Miriam's house and chases her with a ball-peen hammer. Robert calls the police, but the intruder chases down Miriam and kills her before going to check on their baby. Robert pleads with the intruder who turns out to be a woman who asks Robert if she could speak to her husband. It's revealed that Robert has been having an affair as police sirens are heard.
T is for Torture Porn Jen and Sylvia Soska Yumi (Tristan Risk) is being filmed by a group of misogynistic and abusive filmmakers. The men strip her down and prepare to film her when one of them spots what they think is a penis. Yumi then reveals that she has tentacles where her clitoris should be and proceeds to kill the filmmakers.
U is for Utopia Vincenzo Natali In a Utopian society where everyone is attractive and beautiful, a rather plump, poorly dressed man appears looking nervous as the Utopians watch him. He knocks down a sign causing everyone to scan him, revealing him to be a sub-norm. A robot appears, drags him inside of it and incinerates the sub-norm. Everyone applauds and returns to their usual day.
V is for Vacation Jerome Sable In the second found footage short, Curt video chats with his girlfriend Amber over the phone. Dylan, Curt's friend, takes the phone and reveals that he and Curt have been taking drugs and drinking heavily. Dylan also reveals that they both hooked up with two local women, Kim and Rose. Curt hits Kim and takes the phone away, but Amber is upset. Suddenly Rose grabs a screwdriver and kills Dylan. She then shoves Curt off the balcony of the hotel to his death. Kim and Amber scream in horror as Rose covers the phone.
W is for Wish Steven Kostanski The short starts as a commercial for "Champions of Zorb". Two kids wish to be transported to the fantasy world, only to discover that Prince Casio, the supposed hero, cowering in fear over the immense violence and death of the Harmonians. The boys are captured by Zorb and one of them is killed. The other boy ends up imprisoned, but is rescued by Fantasy Man who keeps calling him "princess". They ride away on a bug as the boy begs to be let go.
X is for Xylophone Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo A grandmother (Béatrice Dalle) is watching over her grandchild playing with a toy xylophone while listening to a gramophone. The grandmother is eventually disturbed by the grandchild's rough music on her xylophone. As the parents return home, they find the grandmother playing with her grandchild's corpse using the bones like a xylophone.
Y is for Youth Soichi Umezawa Miyuki writes a letter on her phone to her parents who have disappointed her. As she expresses their problems (her father failed to care for a dog and became a teacher instead of a guitarist while her mother is too lazy to do anything) she imagines the problems personified attacking her parents in grotesque and supernatural ways. Each problem leaves a cut on Miyuki's arm. Realizing that cutting herself is not the answer, Miyuki angrily charges at her parents as the word "LIVE" is flashed onscreen.
Z is for Zygote Chris Nash A pregnant woman is left by herself by her husband who leaves her "midwife root" to prevent the baby from being born. 13 years later, the woman is still pregnant, but the child has grown inside of her and can speak. The woman does not want her child to leave, even though it is slowing her down and is shocked when the root runs out. The child then kills its mother and disembowels her, wearing her skin. Ti, the husband, returns and not knowing that his wife is actually his child offers to start fresh.

In a post-credits scene a man (Laurence R. Harvey) is seen masturbating to T is for Torture Porn, but stops after being put off by the content.

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 77% approval rating based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "ABCs of Death 2 delivers some inventively gory thrills, offering a surprising (albeit still somewhat uneven) upgrade over its predecessor."[5] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 53 out of 100 based on ten critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABCs of Death 2 (2014)". AllMovie. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Rachel Abrams (May 5, 2013). "Cannes: 'ABCs of Death' Gets Sequel". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Barone, Matt; Lees, Jonathan (October 3, 2014). "Permanent Midnight: What's Crazier Than "ABCs of Death 2"? The Twisted Minds Responsible For It". Complex. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Miska, Brad (December 16, 2013). "Watch the Winning 'ABCs of Death 2' Short, "M Is For Masticate"!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "ABCs of Death 2 (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "ABCs of Death 2". Metacritic. Retrieved November 20, 2017.

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