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Laramie Movie Scope:
ABCs of Death

Global assembly of 26 brief, bizarre depictions of death

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by Patrick Ivers, Film Critic
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(2013) An international collection of 26 brief depictions of death via murder, mayhem, and other means, each representing a letter of the alphabet from A to Z, ranging from horribly horrid to tastelessly ridiculous to comedic, frequently involving sexual imagery and occasionally toilets, directed, written, and produced by various filmmakers.

In "A Is for Apocalypse" a woman stabs a man in his bed with a butcher knife, throws scalding water on his face before battering his head with the frying pan, and confesses she's been poisoning him for months. The girlfriend of the cousin of a little girl narrates to the child the story of the abominable snowman of Mexico, who tears out the hearts of children not asleep by 8pm, as the garbage collector makes his rounds in "B Is for Bigfoot."

A man discovers a duplicate of himself, in "C Is for Cycle," in bed with his wife. "D Is for Dogfight" pits an unarmed man against a ferocious dog baring its fangs inside a cage as others enjoy the grisly entertainment. In "E Is for Exterminate" a spider stalks a man in his home.

Embarrassed when she realizes her flatulence has been noticed by Miss Yumi, in "F Is for Fart," a Japanese schoolgirl, who doesn't believe in God but is afraid of dying from God's gas emitted from a nearby volcano, prefers to expire into the stinky fumes of what becomes a lesbian union. A surfer disappears into the surf in "G Is for Gravity."

A WWII British bulldog aviator encounters a comely canine in a nightclub who turns out to be a Nazi vixen/agent, during which she initially appears to have the upper paw, but he ("Keep calm and carry on") will turn the tables on her, in "H Is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion." In memory to thousands of women murdered in Mexico, the "I" in "I Is for Ingrown" is a female captive bound and gagged in a bathtub who suffers an intruder's ironic injection.

A Japanese executioner cannot maintain appropriate gravity with a straight face when his samurai subject's face passes through various contortions in "J Is for Jidai-Geki," a send-up of a "period drama," often set during the Edo period of Japanese history. Animated account of a female's turd that refuses to be flushed forms "K Is for Klutz."

In a form of torture, two Asian men are strapped into chairs (where a button controlled by a woman will ram a sharp rod through either's anus) as a naked female moves provocatively in front of them, the first of several stages of "L Is for Libido." There's another toilet setting with a woman for "M Is for Miscarriage." A colorful talking parrot, in "N Is for Nuptials," a man's gift for his fiancée, sweetly asks, "Will you marry me?," before giving her cause to turn murderous.

"O Is for Orgasm" is a psychedelic display of bubbly effervescence of too extreme ecstasy. A prostitute is pressured into accepting a job working with small animals in "P Is for Pressure." At the beginning of "Q Is for Quack," a topless woman screams, as the filmmakers complain of having a difficult letter for their movie before deciding that they will actually kill a duck.

A strange patient is being subjected to experimentation in a hospital for "R Is for Removed." In a drug-induced hallucination, in "S Is for Speed," a woman in the Texas desert attempts to escape from the specter of death. An Australian claymation presentation of parents potty-training their boy is the basis for "T Is for Toilet."

A group of men chase down a creature (probably a vampire) in "U Is for Unearthed" to drive a stake through its chest, chop up the body, and extract a pair of fangs. A propagation-control officer, a conflicted female who hopes to receive permission herself to conceive a baby, works with a UPD robot in "V Is for Vagitus," which refers to the cry of a newborn infant.

Opening with an animation of a naked large-breasted woman (witch, wench, whore?) in the clutches of an evil wizard as a knight in shining armor arrives to rescue her, the filmmakers, having a plethora of options, consider other alternatives, including a monstrous walrus, while clown zombies overwhelm the scene, or whatever, for "W Is for WTF!" Harassed for being obese and inundated by imagery of thinness, a fat woman in "X Is for XXL" goes home where she carves her flesh of its excess.

An elderly janitor at a middle school, desirous of taking possession of a youth, licks the sweat of boys after a basketball game from the bench and instructs one of the youths at bow hunting a deer in "Y Is for Youngbuck." Nude females in combat, a nuclear threat (the Freudian imagery reminiscent of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow) with Dr Strangelove in his wheelchair, a Nazi symbol transforming into a Christian cross, all suggestive of a soft-porn commercial for kitchen cooking appliances make up "Z Is for Zetsumetsu," meaning in Japanese "extinction."

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