ABCs of Death 2 (2014) A-D

ABCs-of-Death-2I must be an overachiever because I’m back with part two. It was recently added to Netflix, so I figured I’d go ahead and knock this out while I have the time. First I have to say I love the opening with the demented playground vibe. It’s very creative, and I’d say we’re already off to a better start. But…from what I remember, that optimism is short lived. Without further ado, let’s dive into our new segments.

a is for amateurThis first one offers a promising start. And I will not apologize for laughing as hard as I did. If there’s one job where it does not pay to be an amateur, I’d say hitman is near the top of the list. How can you not laugh after seeing what looks like hours of preparation go down the drain when our hitman runs into a spiderweb in an air shaft? Or what about how every struggle turns him into a human pincushion thanks to rusty and exposed nails? It’s dark humor at its finest, and I love it. I give it 4/5. Hey, we’re already doing better than part one. But considering this is the gentleman that gave us 2013’s Cheap Thrills, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise.

b is for badgerA black comedy about killer badgers, and it ends with the best pun possible. I have nothing else to add. It deserves 5/5.

c is for capital punishmentAnd now we’re back to the same issue that plagued part one: too much plot, but not enough time. Why was this man deemed guilty by the town? Why does this town have rules that seem ancient, but everything else screams present day? Where are the cops? Why is hell would someone confess to a murder they know they didn’t commit? The only thing that redeems this is the special effects. This will be the first and last time I say this, but the kill/beheading scene was very well done. I give it 3/5 just for that. Everything else misses the mark.

d is for delousedOne the one hand, this is one the best stop animation shorts within the last 5 years. It takes almost a minimalistic approach, but it’s well done. However, it’s weird and it made me itchy. You know how I feel about things that make me itchy. But I’m giving this one a pass. It gets 4/5. I really like that’s it’s a different take on a revenge plot, and the creativity of using “delouse” was a great choice. I tried to look up other works from Robert Morgan, but he hasn’t done any full length films. He’s definitely creative, so hopefully we’ll see one from him in the future.

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