Over the next few days, I will take a look at a collection of collections. Horror seems to be the most popular genre for the film anthology. I think a lot of that is the result of the EC Comics influence that so drove the filmmakers of the 70s and 80s, who then in turn influenced future generations. I'm not convinced that horror is really the best genre for brevity, greatly preferring the slow-burning dread myself. There's also the not-insignificant matter of inconsistency. Anthologies are, almost by definition, bound to be a mixed bag. That being said, both the V/H/S series and the ABCs of Death series (both highly inconsistent themselves) have shown a few glimmers of hope that there might still be potential in the short form.
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I wasn't particularly impressed by 2012's horror anthology The ABCs of Death. The concept -- assign 26 directors a letter of the alphabet and give them free reign (and I mean FREE reign) to create a short film (using any word of their choosing beginning with that letter) on the theme of death (with the general understanding that the end product would be a horror movie, mind you) -- was intriguing, but the end product suffered from the flaws inherent to the concept. There simply weren't enough good segments to tide one over through all the dumb ones. That being said, it's still worth seeing if the concept interests you. While the average gets dragged down by weak links, the few gold nuggets do indeed represent some unique and imaginative film making.
The original suffered (and I can hardly believe I'm saying this, but) from too many high-concept shorts that weren't well fleshed out. Sure, some of the "zany" ones were fun, but then they got kind of monotonous. Ditto the "moody" ones and the "look how much fake blood I can get with our penny-ante budget!" ones. The sequel has many more segments with better considered narratives. There are still a lot of "Uh Oh! Now THAT was a twist!" endings reminiscent of 1950s horror comics, but I can see how that would be a difficult angle to avoid given the history of the horror genre in America.
Short stories made shorter; there are still a few clunkers in ABCs 2, but they're now squarely in the minority as this sequel anthology gathers some altogether stronger narrative pieces while still maintaining a great sense of variety.