Viewed – 03 April 2014 Netflix
This anthology horror epic pits 26 directors with a task of creating a short film showcasing a death for a different letter. A rather intriguing concept I’ll admit, and it got me wanting to see just what these collective minds might come up with.
So what you get here are basically a series of films from various countries, mostly horror themed, but not all, exploring such things as mutilation, murder, vampires, Nazis, lesbians, rituals and sex … with a bucket-load (no sorry, swimming pool full…) of blood and guts, an ample dose of nudity, some pretty sick ideas (the one segment featuring two men strapped to chairs and forced to masturbate) as well as some fairly clever direction, animation and special effects. It’s an assault on not just your senses, but on your stomach, your taste and decency and your limits as a movie lover. Directors such as Xavier Genz (Frontiers), Ti West (House Of The Devil) and Ben Wheatley a (Sightseers) are the only names I personally recognised, and this does have the power to disturb as well as offend and puzzle. It’s generally a pretty f***ed as a whole and only has very limited appeal outside of extreme cinema enthusiasts … but for every bafflingly odd entry (death by farting?), there’s a pretty cool or twisted one right after it.
Uneven, but in my opinion strangely entertaining.
Verdict: 3 /5