ABCs Of Death 2

warrenisweird’s TOP 05 DECAPITATIONS IN HORROR

top05decapitationsBelieve it or not, this post is actually inspired by a friend of mine who once said to me “you can appreciate a good decapitation in a horror film.. I can respect that.” After careful consideration, and looking back on some of my older TOP 05 posts, I realized – I never did a list based on some of my favorite decapitations in horror movies. according to Urban Dictionary, a decapitation is described as “the removal of the head which normally consists of some idiot hacking off the head with an axe directed at the neck area.” So, here is the part where I list some of my personal favorites. these are the ones that have stuck in my mind the most over the years, so although these may not be your favorites, they’re some of the ones that have had the most impact on me. So here we go – warrenisweird‘s top 05 decapitations in horror – in no particular order, of course!

SPOILER-ALERT


The Omen:

Starting off with a classic, The Omen somehow made this shot look graceful, with knocking someone’s head off with a bit of building material look majestic, what with the disembodied head performing 360 spins and turns. I remember seeing this for first time when I was younger and being surprised that a scene could even be filmed that way.

High Tension:

Coming from a movie I’ve watched more times than I can count, [that’s not a bad thing..] High Tension is a film that wins for having such a fun feeling to it’s filming style. The story follows a serial killer who breaks into the home where Marie [and her friend/her family] is staying, only to start killing everyone. At least he was polite enough to ring the doorbell. In the above scene, Father has his head jammed between two staircase rails – unable to move – and our killer decides on smashing his head with a dresser. I mean, really?!

Cigarette Burns:

Coming from the first season of The Masters Of Horror TV series, and directed by Master John Carpenter, This one hour movie [“episode”] follows a guy who is looking for a rare print of a movie so evil that anyone who watches it supposedly descends into a uncontrollable psychotic frenzy.  During his search, he meets many terrible people, including someone who ties him to a chair and forces him to watch someone get decapitated. It’s not exactly a quick/clean cut either, there’s quite a bit of hacking involved.

“C Is For Capital Punishment”ABCs Of Death 2:

Unlike the first ABCs Of Death film, I actually enjoyed the sequel. For what it is, this sequel actually had decent shorts, with nothing too extreme or strange. Being a short that was hinted at in the trailer, I had high hopes for this part of the film. Thankfully, I felt that it paid off – giving a darker feel to a not so gruesome story. [I mean, it is gruesome, but compared to some of the other shorts in the movie – this one isn’t too bad] Just watching the axe get caught in the guy’s neck, only to be jerked out looks extremely painful..

Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

Although I’m not the biggest Friday The 13th fan, I feel that this particular scene never ceases to make me laugh. It doesn’t help that with a title like Jason Takes Manhattan, you’d expect to Jason running around New York kill a ton of people – not spend the entire film on a boat, only to arrive in Manhattan in the last few minutes.. anyway. This scene follows Julius, a boxer who thinks he can stand up to our masked killer, but when he tires himself out from flailing for an extended period of time; Jason takes his turn and…this happens. Sure, it’s cheesy as hell; but I love it. It’s something that needed to happen to make this terrible film bearable.


Now obviously, decapitations are a dime a dozen, especially when horror films feel that they need a quick kill to keep the audience entertained. These are just a few of the many I could have mentioned so here are some honorable mentions, even though I never really do this sort of thing..

30 Days Of NightBilly‘s death

Deadly Friendthe basketball scene

Hobo With A Shotgun Ricky as not Ricky


So now I turn to you, the reader of this article. What’s your favorite horror movie decapitation? Was it on this list? If not, let me know in the comments below! I would love to know which ones are your favorites, especially if you can think of one that I wouldn’t have considered! Also, if you found yourself to enjoy this film review, please take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 100+ likes – only 15 more and we’ll have reached 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends!

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so I FINALLY saw ABCs Of Death 2.. [OR] “Some People Never Learn”

ABCsOfDeath2Oh ABCs Of Death.. I wanted so badly to like you; what with your concept of 26 different Directors with their 26 different short horror stories. But by the end of the film, I quickly realized that of all the shorts I was presented with, I only really enjoyed five of them.. You were brave with your efforts, even courageous with some of the things you were willing to show on screen. [I’m not one for animal cruelty – I’m looking at you: “P is for PRESSURE”!] But alas, I was not overly impressed with the end result.. So when I heard about a sequel, aptly called ABCs Of Death 2, I was obviously nervous; how could I enjoy a sequel to a movie I didn’t like? With the movie hitting Netflix recently, I decided for myself that it was time to finally find out if the wrongs of the first film, could actually be corrected in this sequel:

in short,  ABCs Of Death 2 shocked me. Like, actually took me by surprise! and yes, I mean this in the most positive way. Unlike it’s predecessor, this sequel was actually [overall] a decent film. Sure, I wasn’t a fan of every “short film” in it, but the Directors’ choice for each word, and even the direction the film took – actually “worked” together this time around; It felt more consistent. It’s like the first film was an almost “trial run” and that this sequel was their response – now knowing how to make a film like this work as a whole.

Below, I will be posting each letter and what it stood for in the movie, Unfortunately, as it would probably take up a thousand more words, and a ton of more time, I will not be explaining each short. However, if you’re curious as to what each short is about, you can always read this article which will explain each short in greater detail then I ever could here.


A is for Amateur:


B is for Badger:


C is for Capital Punishment:


D is for Deloused:


E is for Equilibrium:


F is for Falling:


G is for Grandad:


H is for Head Games:


I is for Invincible:


J is for Jesus:


K is for Knell:


L is for Legacy:


M is for Masticate:


N is for Nexus:


O is for Ochlocracy [mob rule]:


P is for P-P-P-P SCARY!:


Q is for Questionnaire:


R is for Roulette:


S is for Split:


T is for Torture Porn:


U is for Utopia:


V is for Vacation:


W is for Wish:


X is for Xylophone:


Y is for Youth:


Z is for Zygote:


[taken from “W is for Wish”]

Overall, if you couldn’t already tell, my overall opinion of ABCs of Death 2 is definitely a positive one: much more than the first film. Assuming they aren’t already planning it, I would love to see a third installment, as long as the same style and the same variety is kept the same as this sequel. Did you see the movie ABCs Of Death 2? How did you like it? Did you prefer it over the first film? Or was it still too “WTF” for your tastes? Let me know in a comment or two!

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ABCs Of Death 2 gets a really GRIM looking [redband] trailer

“ABC’s of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.“

Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I actually didn’t enjoy ABCs Of Death as much as I hoped I would. Of all 26 segments, I thought a few were fantastic and the others were just plain stupid. Even after seeing [at the end of the first film’s credits] that a sequel was already greenlit – I groaned and thought it was going to be just as lame as the first. However, now that a release date [various VideoOnDemand platforms on October 2, 2014 and in theaters for October 31, 2014] I may actually find a reason to enjoy this film.

this time around, with so many big names coming to this installment; it makes the film seem like it’s going to be fairly decent. [compared to it’s predecessor; maybe I need to re-watch it? it is on Netflix afterall] If you find yourself curious as to who’s taking part in making ABCs Of Death 2, I’ve written up a small list of the 26 new directors with the movie[s] they’re most known for, feel free to check it out below:

Julian Barratt [THE MIGHTY BOOSH]
Todd Rohal [THE CATECHISM CATALYSM]
Steven Kostanski [MANBORG]
Alejandro Brugués [JUAN OF THE DEAD]
Jim Hosking [commercial director]
Hajime Ohata [HENGE]
Chris Nash [SKINFECTIONS]
Álex de la Iglesia [THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST]
Rodney Ascher [ROOM 237]
Bill Plympton [animator]
Erik Matti [ON THE JOB]
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper [VANISHING WAVES]
Sion Sono [COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB]
Vincenzo Natali [SPLICE, CUBE]
Larry Fessenden [THE LAST WINTER]
Marcus Dunstan [THE COLLECTION]
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo [INSIDE]
E.L. Katz [CHEAP THRILLS]
Jen and Sylvia Soska [AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK]
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado [BIG BAD WOLVES]
Julian Gilbey [A LONELY PLACE TO DIE]
Dennison Ramalho [LOVE FROM MOTHER ONLY]
Lancelot Imasuen [Nollywood director]
Jerome Sable [STAGEFRIGHT]
Robert Morgan [BOBBY YEAH]


To make this film seem even more exciting than I already feel like I’m making it out to be, Magnet Releasing brought out the first redband trailer for ABCs Of Death 2 yesterday [while I was at work too!] and it looks violent.. almost more so than the first [gotta step up their game somehow, right?] This trailer has blood, gore, ghosts, decapitations and that’s just to name a few. Check out this RedBand trailer below, and remember – the film [and therefore it’s trailer] is guaranteed to be rated [at least] 18+ so watch the following at your own discretion:

So was I the only one who got super excited by the segment at the beginning? It just looks so damn fun.. it’ll be violent and grotesque for sure, but that’s all part of the fun. If it’s anything like the first, I’ll be greatly disappointed. [I really found myself turned off by the first..] Let me know what you thought about the first trailer in the comments! Halloween is shaping up to be insane with horror films this year! looks like I’m going to be spending some quality time with the theater around Halloween!

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