Aside from animation, perhaps no genre embraces the power of the short film format like horror. One good scare can turn a few minutes into a concise masterpiece. Enter The ABCs of Death, 26 short films, each helmed by a different director and each dealing with one aspect of death based on a letter of the alphabet, edited together by Ant Timpson and Tim League. The shorts range from the highly artistic to the obscenely vulgar. Marcel Sarmiento's D Is for Dogfight is a brilliant soundless look at dogfights that will have you rooting for the strange boxer in red gloves who stands in for a poor creature named Buddy that turns on its owner. Far more horrifying is Timo Tjahjanto's L Is for Libido, which follows a Saw-like challenge where men must orgasm to increasingly perverse and nauseating sexual performances or face impalement by a large wooden spike. It's two solid hours of fresh fright and sick humor that recall great anthology films like Creepshow but at a hectic, ever-changing pace.
Fri., March 15, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., March 16, 11:55 p.m., 2013