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MOVIE REVIEW

‘The ABCs of Death’ by 26 directors from 15 countries

Do your tastes delve into the sick, ultra-violent, and disturbing? Then you may find “The ABCs of Death,” an anthology of about two dozen short films, inventive and funny. Otherwise, as you consume this serving of alphabet soup, “A” may as well stand for “atrocious,” “B” for “bloodbath,” and “C” for “check, please.”

Twenty-six directors from 15 countries were assigned a letter of the alphabet to inspire a tale of death. Hence, “D is for Dogfight,” “F is for Fart,” and “W is for WTF!” Each short is bookended by a blood-red screen, and concludes with the title and filmmaker spelled out in children’s blocks. Settings range from today’s world to the dystopian future, feudal Japan, and a Tarantino-esque World War II revisionist cartoon fetish land. Many of the films are without dialogue. Few are for the faint of stomach.

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