The BayBCs of Death

I love horror movies. Netflix may not have enough classic horror (try looking up Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price and see how many movies you get) or modern high profile horror but they sure do have more horror movies than I can watch.

The BayThe Bay (2012) – Rated R

From director Barry Levinson comes this gruesome tale of ecological horror that follows unfolding events in a seaside Maryland town as a deadly menace infests the bay and turns residents into hosts for mutant parasites.”

Like most people I despise both shaky cam and the found footage genre. However, The Bay’s conceit really works as several different video feeds are used to try to determine the causes of a disaster that befalls a small Maryland town. The Bay is a really good, tense low-budget horror movie with a cast of unknowns.

The ABCs of DeathThe ABC’s of Death (2012) – Not rated

Twenty-six masters of the horror genre were each given a letter of the alphabet around which to concoct a story about death in this audacious anthology film that explores the terrifying, humorous and poignant aspects of the journey we all must take.

First let me take objection to the phrase ‘twenty-six masters of the horror genre’. This is not from twenty-six masters of the horror genre. Are there any current masters of the horror genre?

John Carpenter gave us Halloween, The Thing, and The Fog but more recently The Ward and Ghosts of Mars. Wes Craven gave us The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream but more recently Cursed and My Soul to Take. Tobe Hooper gave us Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot, and Poltergeist but more recently Toolbox Murders and Mortuary. So clearly the older horror masters are no longer masters.

Who are the current masters? Eli Roth (Hostel)? Rob Zombie (Halloween reboot)? Leigh Whannell and James Wan (Saw, Insidious)? None of these people are involved with ABCs.

Looking at their director list I do spot a few masters such as Ti West (The House of the Devil) and Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace) but for the most part, the directors list consists of people who have worked on some horror films but I guess that doesn’t sound as good.

ABCs is certainly a mixed bag. Given only a few minutes and $5,000 to impress, these shorts go in all sorts of directions. Many are juvenile focusing on nudity, masturbation, gore, sex, farts, poop, and POV shots to distinguish themselves. A few are good and one (Q) is excellent, the more so because of the A-P you have to sit through to get there. Unfortunately the majority aren’t worth your time and plenty attempt to shock but will only cause you to shake your head.

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