The ABC’s Of Death


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.

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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

Sightseers


Viewed – 20 April 2013  Blu-ray

I thought this looked ‘different’ from the trailer.  A very British black comedy / drama about 30 something couple Tina and Chris (Alice Lowe & Steve Oram) who go on a caravan holiday to Yorkshire   Nothing that unusual here until a fellow tourist is killed when Chris runs him over with the caravan.  Seemingly an accident, it isn’t long before Tina starts to suspect that Chris may be hiding a terrible secret.

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Directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List) this is very much a tongue-in-cheek comedy but not of the laugh out loud variety, more the kind of movie you find your self smirking at due to the come-day-go-day behavior and British attitude to the situations.  Tina seemed a rather simple-minded but likable woman who only wanted to see the good in Chris, escaping a home life of an oppressive, needy mother and a hum drum existence   Whilst Chris was obviously disturbed, with way to many issues with the world, whilst trying his best to appear ‘normal’.  The script is sharp and the dialogue often very funny (‘he’s not a human being, he’s a daily mail reader’) and its all shot with a keen eye for the bizarre and absurd (Tina writing a note to Chris with a massive pencil).

I especially liked how this movie constantly surprised me.  Lowe and Oram were perfect and complex, suiting their parts well.  Imaginative, daring, even gory at times, and very entertaining …  and the sound track was excellent too.  Essential.

Verdict:  5 /5