Written and directed by a bunch of people. Stars a bunch of people. Just go to IMDB, seriously.
Twenty-six new stories, each taking one letter of the alphabet, a word starting with that letter. Twenty stories about death. Some more direct than others.
I reviewed the first anthology when it came out and praised the effort, but felt the compilation was unbalanced. It felt uneven. I feel that the second iteration is even more so; many of the segments were very loosely based on their letter/word and some didn’t feel like they should have been included with the others. I guess the appeal with large-scale anthologies like this is that you’ll eventually find something you like. The problem with it however is that the more precise your taste, the more the content will fall short. For someone as heavily into horror as I am, that’s how it felt.
But let’s not dwell on the negative. The fact remains that some of the “letters” were brilliantly done and though they may differ depending on the person watching, the end result is that you are most likely to find something you love. Here are my favorite segments:
-K is for Knell by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper.
Brilliant. So much story is shown in so little action. Visuals are top notch and you’re left asking for answers. That’s how shorts should be made. The story of a girl who looks out the window and notices something she doesn’t understand.
-N is for Nexus by Larry Fessenden.
Simple yet effective. Feels like something from Portlandia. Halloween party, the Frankensteins and intertwined fates. You know what’s going to happen from the moment the taxi shows up but you’re still watching.
-O is for Ochlocracy by Hajime Ohata.
So clever. I never thought about what would happen if “smart” zombies were the majority. This feels like Terry Pratchett’ living-impaired kind of humour.
-R is for Roulette by Marven Kren.
A classic yet intense scene. A twist ending. All in a couple minutes. I didn’t see it coming and it changed the entire story. Well played!
-U is for Utopia by Vicenzo Natali.
What would happen if the world looked like the people in hair product commercials. I like “doing nasty things for the sake of Utopia” stories. I liked this.
-W is for Wish by Steven Kostanski.
This could pass as a Whitest Kids You Know skit: two kids in an 80s toy commercial wish to live with their toys. They regret it.
-Z is for Zygote by Chris Nash.
That one was just weird. Story is the weakest part of the short but the (gross) effects… wow. So much comes out of that woman’s mouth, it’s Raimi-esque and I laughed out loud. Well done.
SHOULD YOU WATCH IT?
Sure. As I mentioned above, there’s something for everyone. Just don’t expect everything to be compelling.