Spearheaded by Alamo Drafthouse/Drafthouse films head Tim League and cult film exhibitor/distributor Ant Timpson, the concept behind THE ABCs OF DEATH is a pretty fun one. They gathered together twenty six up and coming genre directors from all over the world, assigned each of them a letter of the alphabet and let them loose. The directors, with no guidance and afforded complete creative control, then had to come up with a word that begins with the letter they were given and put together a short film relating to that word on the subject of death.
I don't want to break down any of the films, or tell you which ones I liked and which ones I didn't, because I think the fun of this movie is almost entirely dependent upon trying to guess the word that the directors chose as well as experiencing some pretty bizarre and unexpected stuff. Some of them are pretty clear, others will leave you guessing until the film's title reveal (there is a brief title card after every short). There is definitely a lot of creativity on the part of almost all of the film makers in this regard.
No, this isn't a great film by any means. It is a fun way to spend an evening, though (in some ways. Again, by nature of the film having no over all tone, some of them would be great to watch with a group of friends, some of them would be absolutely mortifying to watch with another living being in the room). I do recommend this one, but it is NOT for the weak in constitution or easily offended or disturbed. There is some really, truly, very sick stuff in this movie (and I really mean that. It isn't rated, but if it were it would easily receive an NC-17). So, if you're my sister or my mom or something, please do not watch this and say I didn't warn you. Thanks.
I'll leave you with a list of all the directors:
Ernesto Diaz Espinoza
Jorge Michael Grau