The ABCs of Death
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABC's OF DEATH is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children's educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters; each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gives a sense of horror movie making learned by rote - at a boy's school where girls have been admitted under sufferance."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"An enormously impressive and massively indulgent cornucopia of 26 short films from all over the world."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"If The ABCs of Death 2 seems like a slight improvement over its predecessor, that's simply due to the fact that it achieves a more consistent level of mediocrity."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Far too many bad chapters to be an effective whole."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It's a successful experiment, but like all experiments in their infancy, it needs to be repeated and tweaked before it becomes a standard."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Most are exercises in sickening bad taste, with an emphasis on human bodily functions."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It's a feast for fans of the genre and a guaranteed ordeal for everyone else."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"There are some good shorts in The ABCs of Death, and yet they're all overshadowed by some of the most awful, idiotic, infantile material I've ever seen in any film."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"A bomb."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If we can make any overall assessment of this demented Rorschach test, it's this: had this been a real medical study, it would demand the institutionalisation of all participants."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"At its best when merging shocks with social commentary, this halting compilation improves significantly as it nears the end of the alphabet."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"There are just too many stories to fit into two hours - and even with fewer weak links, The ABCs of Death might have fallen short all the same."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"This is an experimental horror film with 26 directors around the world each making a short film about death. Given the format, it is no surprise there are few hits and a lot of misses."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"In truth, this movie is more like a parade of overtly shocking and disturbing images, done almost as a one-upsmanship contest rather than any actual need to say anything."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...two hours of brutality, excrement and viscera. Yes, some segments disturb and repel, and many try for dark humor, but the squirms they induce are far from pleasurable."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
More reviews for The ABCs of Death on Rotten Tomatoes