They're Watching, and I got a movie for here watched as well. However, I got distracted reading a debate online and didn't get started on the review for here. It was time for another instant watch movie, but I decided to do something a little different this time around. My friend Jay Clarke, who writes the wonderful blog The Horror Section, asked if I would like to watch ABC's Of Death 2.5 (2016). He co-wrote a short that is featured in it, so he has every reason to be proud of it. Of course I jumped at the chance to watch this movie, so I might as well review it since I have already done that for the other two entries in the series.
During the time that ABC's Of Death 2 was being put together, a contest was made. A call went out for any short film based on the letter M. They ended up getting around 500 entries for the letter M, but only one made it to the final film. ABC's Of Death 2.5 features 26 more letter M films that came close, but did not make it to the final film. Since these are considered some of the best, it was hard pressed to find a film that wasn't good. I admit there were a couple I didn't get into much, but nothing in this I saw as bad. I'm not going to try to go through each entry, but will talk about a few of them.
Magnetic Tape by director Cody Kennedy and Tim Rutherford was the first short. Not really one of my favorites, but I can see why others would like it, especially if you went through the VHS era. Some thugs are looking for something in a movie rental store, and the only defender is the owner. Good thing he has something that can turn him into something like a superhero. Kind of gory and funny. It almost goes to far into silly, but was still a pretty good short.
Mom by director Carles Torrens. A young girl sits and colors while a young boy, who looks to be a zombie, tries to figure out how to approach her. He isn't interesting in eating her though, but sees her as girlfriend material it seems. I was trying to figure out where the mom comes into play, and got more than I was expecting really. Not a scary short, my cute than anything and a bit funny by the end.
Mermaid by director Ama Lea. Come on, you knew I couldn't pass this one up. A couple of guys are fishing when they catch a real mermaid. One wants to kill her while the other doesn't. Which will happen? Okay, this wasn't anywhere near the best of the group, but I took a liking to it all the same. It has some dark comedy to it, at least I hope it was intended that way, which worked well for me. I just wish the mermaid was actually scary. It was the first short to have any nudity in it, so there was that,
Maieusiophobia by director Christopher Younes. If you look up the meaning of the title, you will figure out what this short is about. One of the few animated shorts, using clay I believe, this one managed to disturb me a lot for some reason. I get why it wasn't picked up for the second film, as there was already another short with a similar short, but I think this one bothered me even more than that one did.
Manure by director Michael Schwartz and co-written by Jay Clarke. I don't want to say too much about the plot on this one, as it would be easy to give away what happens. I will just say that it was an interesting twist on the subject it is based on. Some pretty cool effects go a long way in this one and the actress at the end gives a look that had me rolling with laughter. Very entertaining and congrats on getting a film out there Jay!
One I wasn't keen on and made me wonder what I learn about through horror was Munging by director Jason M. Koch. Another short that if you look up the title then you will figure out what it is about. I don't think I want to know how the filmmakers came about finding out about munging. It isn't a graphic film really, but still gross. On second thought, don't look up the meaning, just let the film show you.
Mobile by director Baris Erdogan. A hitman or kidnapper has his victim and texts someone for instructions on what to do next, which aren't very nice instructions. I was surprised by this one. Not graphic at all, but it was still making me cringe at times. Another short that had me laughing good at the end of it. It is also a short that leaves you wondering what exactly was going on.
Make Believe by Summer Johnson. Two girls dressed like fairies aren't being very nice to a guy also dressed like a fairy. Another short that leaves you with more questions than answers, but this was a fun one. Lots of dark comedy to be found.
The effects were well done all around. That includes the animation as well. I was a little surprised by some of the effects found, in a good way of course. The acting was also very good all around. If I didn't list a short above, it wasn't really that I didn't like it. As I said, I found very few that I didn't like, but it is hard to talk about short films without giving too much away. Even though it took a while for me to get through the film, I had to keep pausing it to answer calls for work, I still really got into the overall film. It amazed me how many different ideas people came up with under just one letter of the alphabet. Even when the same name for a short appeared, well not completely the same as one was called Mom and the other Mother, the ideas behind them were completely different.
If you enjoyed the previous two films at all, or just enjoy short films, you really should give ABC's Of Death 2.5 a look sometime. It can be rented or bought online, or wait to see if it shows up elsewhere. Either way, it deserves a chance by fans.
4 out of 5 So glad those guys didn't catch this mermaid!
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