So, I just finished a film I stumbled on, and I wanted to know if you've heard of it...
The ABCs of Death
I've always had a hard time trying to find good horror anthologies. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but I can safely tell you I gave up after hearing about 'Creepshow 3', made in 2006. 'Tales from the Darkside: The Movie' (not based on the show, just the names are similar). would sadly be where I would leave my quest to seek out more that I haven't already seen, as the aforementioned 2006 film is hardly worth it's weight without George Romero and Stephen King.
So I find out about this film. I was anxious. I didn't think our library would have it, so I largely stayed away from looking it up... finally, I take a crack at it. Let me tell you this was the last thing I expected to get for free and from a library, considering it's content. But we're also talking about online orders from libraries all over my county; WWE DVDs fresh from the market are there on top of things like 'Cannibal! The Musical', go figure. Now if only they had the rest of Tromaville's best. (and if you watch the special features and the Troma Studios 'guide' on that DVD, you'll see what I mean)
26 Directors, 26 Films... no restrictions. Literally, uncut as fuck.
I can say I enjoyed the film because of the 'anything goes' content it provides, though I will say I was put to the test. You -WILL- be put to the test. The films themselves are not arranged in order from weakest to strongest - it's more akin to a rollercoaster: one minute you're given a simple film to make you think, and use your imagination, before thrust forcefully into an avant garde mind trip of LSD and pornography. At this point, I wish I had been given a t-shirt saying I eurvived the experience... because you never know what the hell you're going to get.
I could go into detail but I won't spoil a whole lot. Just know that you might not like this film for the graphic content that makes you glad each film in 'The ABCs of Death' was 15 minutes or less.
THINGS I LEARNED... **WARNING: SPOILER HINTAGE**
1. I've never met a man who could box a dog and live to tell about it. (there is no animal cruelty in the film, and it's best you see the 'Dogfight' short before you raise a protest, PETA...)
2. If it weren't extremely well-done make-up and special effects, I'd crack a joke that the bar on fursuiting's been raised immensely, lol. The 'H is for...' segment deserves to be it's own series completely.
3. One segment of two feel as if they've come from Adul Swim themselves. It is random as hell and yet it seems to cap off the end quite nicely. Appropriately, it's titled 'WTF'.
4. 'F for Farting' will certainly please the darkest corners of the internet, but I sure as hell hated it. This may seem to be a spoiler but I think this is one I'm willing to spoil in advance.
5. The third-to-last film made me feel pretty bad, which probably wasn't it's intent, but I can certainly say it made me think. Horror movies don't usually do that these days.
6. Expect two films to almost come off as blatant pornography. No, I'm not kidding. One film along the middle, the other at the end.
7. Lee Hardcastle is amazing. I'm saying he's better than Gumby because Gumby kinda disturbed me as a kid...
8. Will I see the sequel? Most likely yes. xD
Listening to: ---
Watching: The ABCs of Death
Playing: Madden '13