For this ‘Ten Years On’ post we take a look back at “The ABCs Of Death”.
“What a concept!”
That was my initial reaction when I first heard about this movie. An anthology Horror film that had a story for each letter of the alphabet, why hadn’t anyone thought of this before?! As an avid fan of anthology Horror films this seemed like it would be the perfect movie for me.
The problem is, no matter how good the idea sounds it doesn’t mean it will be well executed. There’s an old saying: “too many cooks spoil the broth” and it fits here. With 26 different visions and styles there’s an inconsistency to it that makes this hard to watch and fully get in to.
Don’t get me wrong there were some great stories featured in the film but there were also some awful ones and this adds to the unevenness of the feature, in my opinion I think this would’ve worked better as a weekly YouTube/streaming style show or even a letter a day through October.
There is the story of substitute teacher, Sheila Kearns, in Columbus, Ohio who was fired for showing this movie to students aged 14-18 over the course of 5 days, she was also convicted of four felonies and sentenced to 90 days in jail. Kearns apologized saying she didn’t watch the movie before showing it to her class.
Ten years on and “The ABCs Of Death” still feels like a missed opportunity, an idea that was poorly executed. Unfortunately this happens but it doesn’t stop the feeling of disappointment.