Each segment provides examples of:
A is for AmateurFrom the USA. Directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills). It's about a hitman who was given an assignment to kill a drug dealer. He imagines a perfect execution of sneaking through air vents with the plan to enter the room via the dealer's penthouse and assassinate all the targets. However, the reality says it differently in a worst way.
- Bittersweet Ending: The hitman's target is killed by a bullet from the dead hitman's silencer.
- Black Comedy: Some dark humor can be found in the hitman managing to kill his target posthumously.
- Deconstruction: Of action movie tropes. Mostly deconstructs Air-Vent Passageway by showing how easy it is to get harmed and killed there.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: The drug dealer masturbates to and films a video of two women making out.
- Gone Horribly Right: The hitman dies from blood loss while crawling through air vents, but the drug dealer got killed by a gun from the hitman's corpse that fell from the air vents.
B is for BadgerFrom the UK. Directed by Julian Barrett (of The Mighty Boosh). It's about a wildlife documentary filmmaker named Peter (played by Barrett) documenting the endangerment of badgers caused by a local power plant nearby.
- Bloody Hilarious: There is a lot of bloody violence played for laughs in this segment.
- Daylight Horror: This segment takes place during the daytime.
- Found Footage: Justified in that it is a mockumentary.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: After Peter is forced into the hole by the mutated badger, he is shot back out with his torso ripped in half.
- The Mean Brit: Peter is British and quite rude to his crew.
- Smug Snake: Peter is portrayed as rather condescending and arrogant.
C is for Capital PunishmentFrom the UK. Directed by Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place to Die). It's about a town which handles local matters, including law and crimes, calling for the execution of a man for the supposed murder of a teenage girl. The man tries to reason with the locals, proclaiming his innocence and suggesting they call the police to deal with the matter. The locals promise to call the police if he confesses or face execution if he does otherwise. After confessing, however, the locals plan to execute him.
- Downer Ending: The man is executed, after it turns out that he was in fact innocent.
- From Bad to Worse: Oh boy, where do we begin? The man confesses, but the townspeople gives him a death penalty. On the way to the forest, where the execution will happen, the teenage girl turns out to be alive. Discovering their mistake, two men attempt to stop the execution, only to later die in a car accident. The execution then takes place by beheading, which fail on the first several attempts and finish the deed after the final swing.
- Off with His Head!: The man has his head chopped off slowly by an ax.
D is for DelousedA Stop Motion Animation short directed by UK-based animator Robert Morgan. It's about a large bug that helps an executed man get revenge on his ghoulish killers.
- Animalistic Abomination: Whatever the hell came out of the portal, it only barely resembles the cockroach it once was.
- Arc Words: You pay for life turns up several times in this segment.
- Ass Shove: The man "pays for life" by... shoving the decapitated heads of his captors up the insect's asshole. He then gets his own head stuck inside by accident, leading to his death.
- Body Horror: This segment features rather gruesome transformations and mutilations of the human body, combined with some really disturbing Facial Horror. Not to mention the cockroach after it is revived.
- Deranged Animation: It's often compared to Tool's music videos, with a touch of David Firth.
- Downer Ending: The man has his mortal head eaten by the bug, as his second body/soul is forced to watch and has its own head crushed underfoot by one of the reanimated captors, as the bug goes back to the portal to hell. Or something like that.
- Off with His Head!: The executioners die of decapitation in this segment.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The man gets his revenge, though rather forcibly so by the insect.
- Suddenly Voiced: All of the characters speak in indecipherable roars and other sounds. The only voice we hear in the entire short is the demon inside of the bug, who has four lines total.
E is for EquilibriumFrom Cuba. Directed by Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead). It's about two castaways who have their friendship tested when a beautiful woman washes ashore.
- Bittersweet Ending: He choose his friend over a woman. Both live happily in an island.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The woman inspires jealousy in one of the guys.
- Love Triangle: The two male castaways start fighting over the affections of the women.
- Made of Plasticine: The woman is somehow instantly killed by a thrown coconut.
- Shout-Out: Wilson the volleyball makes a brief appearance in this segment.
- Take a Third Option: One castaway decides to kill the girl by throwing a coconut at her head.
F is for FallingFrom Israel. Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves). It's about an Israeli female paratrooper who got caught in a tree after jumping from a plane and is hanging by her parachute. An Arab boy discovers her hanging there and aims his rifle at her to kill her.
- Downer Ending: At the very end of the short, the woman looks up to see other Arabians pointing their weapons at her.
- Made of Plasticine: The soldier's leg badly breaks, right through the skin from a 2-3 foot fall. Israel must have a milk shortage.
- Reverse Psychology: The soldier uses this to escape without getting killed by a boy.
- War Is Hell: This segment clearly shows war in a negative light.
G is for GranddadFrom the UK. Directed by Jim Hosking. It's about a rude young man living with his grandfather who is exasperated by his grandfather's retro taste and style. As he lays down in his bed, there is a noise beneath the mattress.
- Berserk Button: Granddad can't stand being called a wanker because he doesn't have a penis.
- Evil Old Folks: The basic premise of the segment is that a man lives with his rotten grandfather, although he's no prize himself.
- Offing the Offspring: The grandfather ends up stabbing his grandchild in the neck, leaving him to bleed to death.
H is for Head GameFrom the USA. Directed by Bill Plympton. This hand drawn animated segment is about a man and woman kissing, which turns into a surreal power struggle.
- Call-Back: To Plympton's earlier surreal works about kissing.
- Surreal Humor: It's a Bill Plympton short. Of course there'd be absurd and surreal visuals for comedic purposes.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Subverted. All of them die without any victory.
I is for InvincibleFrom the Philippines. Directed by Erik Matti (On the Job, BuyBust). It's about a family tries to kill the matriarch for her inheritance, which is composed of an ornate stone that makes its host immortal, along with cash and a beach house.
- The Ageless: The matriarch is over 100 years old and doesn't appear to have aged as much.
- Black Comedy: The mortal injuries the matriarch survives are played for dark laughs.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The youngest of the siblings gets the stone and she has to live forever like the now-dead matriarch.
- Immortality Inducer: The stone enables whoever wields it to live forever.
- Off with Her Head!: The youngest kills her mother by cutting off her head.
- Woman on Fire: The oldest son tries to kill his mother by setting her on fire. She still lives.
J is for JesusFrom Brazil. Directed by Dennison Ramalho, who is known for making controversial horror shorts that deals with religious fundamentalism. It's about two religious fundamentalists torturing a gay man, who is having a hallucination of them being demons.
- Bring My Brown Pants: The man urinates himself as he is being threatened by his captives.
- Bury Your Gays: One of the men was murdered off-screen. The other lives when the vengeful spirit kills his torturers.
- Gay Aesop: The gay man's dead lover comes back as a ghost, kills the two fundamentalists, and tattoos the words "Love is Law" (in Portuguese) on the man's arm.
- Offing the Offspring: The father ordered one of two fundamentalists to kidnaps his son and torture him for being gay.
- Religious Horror: The fundamentalists torturing the gay man end up killed by the vengeful spirit of the man's lover, most likely as punishment for using their religious beliefs as an excuse to be homophobic.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: The gay man being tortured sees the fundamentalists as horrific eyeless demons.
K is for KnellFrom Lithuania. Directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves). It's about a woman who sees a big, floating sphere of black liquid that causes people from another apartment to kill each other. The black liquid is now going after the woman who is alone in her own home.
- Cosmic Horror Story: Word of God cited H. P. Lovecraft as one of their influences.
- Eldritch Abomination: The black liquid, a large spherical shape in the sky that influences the people who live across the street to murder each other. It then causes our protagonist to bleed profusely at its presence when it reappears outside her door.
- Foreshadowing: The segment begins with a woman painting her nails with black nail-polish. And then the black liquid is coming after her.
- Hate Plague: The liquid induces violence
L is for LegacyFrom Nigeria. Directed by Nollywood icon Lancelot Imasuen. It's about an African tribe's sacrificial ritual that goes horribly wrong, which summons a demonic creature that attacks several villagers.
- Stupid Sacrifice: They sacrifice the mouse crawling nearby instead of a man who impregnated the queen of the tribe (or something like that). They accidentally summon the monster.
M is for MasticateFrom the USA. Directed by Robert Boocheck. It was a winner for the 26th director contest. Shot mostly in slow motion, it's about a large man with strange looking eyes who runs in his underwear down a street while knocking down several bystanders and attempts to eat someone.
- Creator Cameo: The director was with this man when he's about to snort a bath salt.
- Daylight Horror: The director would like to call it, "An act of cannibalism in a broad daylight."
- I'm a Humanitarian: Defied. The man bites off the bystander's ear and the policeman shoot him in his head.
- The Reveal: This was all started when the man snorted bath salt 37 minutes ago.
N is for NexusFrom the USA. Directed by Larry Fessenden (the producer of Stake Land). It's a Hyperlink Story sets in New York City during Halloween. It involves 1) a man dressed up as a Frankenstein monster in a hurry to meet his girlfriend, who dressed up as the Bride of Frankenstein, 2) a taxi driver trying to solve a crossword puzzle while driving to his passenger's destination, and 3) the man's girlfriend waiting for him.
- Downer Ending: See Hyperlink Story.
- Hyperlink Story: It all later connects together at the end when the taxi driver, who's lost in his crossword puzzle (the answer turns out to be nexus), accidentally hits the man's bike and kills him. The bike lands on the boy's head, which gives him (who got candy corn from the man's girlfriend in waiting) a fatal concussion. The man's girlfriend screams in horror after seeing this tragic accident.
- Shout-Out: One of the people the man passes by is wearing a fox mask from You're Next, which Fessenden starred in.
O is for Ochlocracy (mob rule)From Japan. Directed by Hajime Ohata (Henge). It takes place in a post-apocalyptic society where zombies are the ruling class and the human survivors are put on trial for killing zombies for survival.
- Hanging Judge: The judge is quick to sentence the defendant to death and never changes his mind.
- Offing the Offspring: Justified. The woman's daughter was bitten by a zombie and she kills her by shooting her head.
- The Reveal: The reason why zombies got so smart and act like regular human beings is that the vaccination reverses the negative impacts of the zombie virus.
- Undead Child: The daughter comes back as a zombie to testify against her mother.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The segment takes place in a setting where nearly everyone has become zombies and zombies become the ruling class of the society.
P is for P-P-P-P SCARY!From the USA. Directed by Todd Rohal (Nature Calls). It is about three prisoners who encounter a strange man and a baby.
- Dramatic Stutter: All the prisoners have a stutter brought on by nervousness and it's Played for Laughs.
- Homage: The segment is an homage The Three Stooges comedies.
Q is for QuestionnaireFrom the USA. Directed by documentarian Rodney Ascher (Room 237, a documentary about conspiracy theories surrounding the movie The Shining). It is about a man takes an intelligence test on the street, juxtaposed with footage of his brain being forcibly removed.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The man's brain is put into the body of a gorilla.
R is for RouletteFrom Austria. Directed by Marvin Kren (Blutgletscher). It is about two men and a woman who play Russian roulette while hidden in a basement.
- Genre Shift: It starts out like a period piece set during World War II. But it's later revealed that it's set during the zombie apocalypse.
- Mercy Kill: Once the husband realizes he is the loser, he shoots his wife's head instead of himself.
- Russian Roulette: It's in the title, isn't it? Though this one plays differently, as the loser of the game ends up killing his wife, to spare her from a possibly worse fate.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The sound from the surface implies that they are hiding from zombies.
S is for SplitFrom Spain, done in English. Directed by Juan Martinez Moreno. All done in a Split Screen format and is a home invasion thriller about a woman attacked in her home by an intruder while her husband is in France.
- The Bad Guy Wins: While we don't know if she ends up being arrested or not, the wife of the other man succeeds in killing the man's wife and child.
- Bury Your Gays: Inverted. The husband is having a gay affair with the intruder's husband and survives. As for his wife and child...
- Death of a Child: The baby is bludgeoned offscreen. We see the crib being covered in blood after.
- Double-Meaning Title: It is referring to the way the movie was presented and the revelation of the man's gay affair with the intruder's husband.
- Homage: This one is an homage to the early works of Brian De Palma.
T is for Torture Porn
From Canada. Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary). It is about a woman is treated in a sexist manner at an audition for porno.
- He-Man Woman Hater: The men at the audition are disgustingly misogynist.
- Humanoid Abomination: The woman is revealed to be a horrific creature with a humanoid form, with penises protruding from her body and killing everyone in the room.
U is for UtopiaFrom Canada. Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube). The segment takes place in a world where everyone is perfectly beautiful and no ugly people are among the crowd.
- Kill It with Fire: The fate of "sub-normal" beings is to be cremated on the spot.
- Public Execution: Anyone who's ugly and does not live up the standard beauty gets killed in broad daylight.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: This "utopia" sees ugly people as a flaw that needs to be wiped out so that only beautiful people exist.
V is for VacationFrom Canada. Directed by Jerome Sable (Stage Fright). It is a Found Footage segment about a man who is on vacation overseas with his best friend as he video chats with his girlfriend at the hotel balcony. Behind the curtain, the man and his friend have been doing a wild alcohol and drug-fueled binge and have sex with mother and daughter prostitutes.
- Chekhov's Gun: The man's best friend told the girlfriend about how the mother prostitute did some kind of sexual acts with a screwdriver. She later use this to kill him.
- Daylight Horror: Justified in that the man calls his girlfriend early in the morning after they arrive. The horror part kicks in when both of the men die, with her Forced to Watch.
- The Dog Bites Back: The mother prostitute stabs the man's best friend and pushes the man off the balcony. And the man's girlfriend witness this in horror.
- Found Footage: The film is shot through a video chat between a man and his girlfriend.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Deconstructed. The sleazy best friend shows what they have been doing last night and the man tries to stop him showing the darker side of himself.
W is for WishFrom Canada. Directed by Steven Kostanski (Manborg), the special effect artist from Canadian filmmaking team Astron6. It is a deconstruction of children's action figure commercials. It starts out looking like a TV commercial for a toy called Champions of Zorb, and one of the kids playing with the figures wishes they could help the main hero. They're both transported to the fantasy world of Zorb, where the bloody war is happening.
- And I Must Scream: Oddly implied. As one of the boys rides an elevator to be taken to Zorb, he witnesses prisoners of war undergoing Cold-Blooded Torture. One of them involved a living skeleton about to be branded. This might cross into Fridge Horror though, considering the boy's friend was burnt to a crisp off-screen and could possibly be next in line for that.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: As the title would suggest, the boys learn that wishing to be in the world of their favorite action figures was a big mistake. The world of Zorb ends up being a MAJOR Crapsack World with the bad guy winning the fictional war. And as it later shows, not even children are safe
- Creator Cameo: The Soska sisters appeared as twins ripping a heart from POW, played by David Cronenberg's son Brandon.
- Creepy Good: Fantasy Man either fits this trope or Evil Old Folks, depending on how one interprets his intentions with the boy he rescues.
- Death of a Child: The first kid is killed by the villain Zorb while the other escapes with Fantasy Man, who mistakes the surviving boy for a princess.
- Deconstructive Parody: The segment is a deconstructive parody of children's toys commercials by demonstrating how the children fighting alongside the heroes would realistically play out.
- Dirty Coward: Prince Casio is revealed to be one in this reality, even pushing the boys down so he can flee the massacre.
- Eldritch Abomination: What we see of Zorb underneath his helmet is that there are tentacles protruding from his face.
- One-Man Army: Defied. Zorb's army wins because they have strength in numbers.
- Subverted Kids Show: A dark parody of your typical children's toy commercial where it ends badly for the kids wishing to fight alongside the hero.
- War Is Hell: This segment shows the downsides of warfare in a kid's commercial!
- Wham Shot: As Fantasy Man rides off with the "princess," the camera pans to a discarded sack... similar to the one Fantasy Man has imprisoned the boy in... and it's full of children skulls. Looks like Fantasy Man has some bad plans in mind for the child he "rescued."
X is for XylophoneFrom France. Directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside). It is about a grandmother (played by Maury and Bustillo's regular Beatrice Dalle) who is emotionally affected by her grandchild's xylophone.
- Body Horror: The child is made into a horrific mockery of the xylophone.
- Death of a Child: Grandmother brutally murders her grandchild and turns her body into a gory version of the instrument she's playing.
- Spiritual Successor: To the duo's first film, Inside.
Y is for YouthFrom Japan. Directed by nationally renown special makeup artist Soichi Umezawa in his directorial debut. It is about a teenage girl who violently fantasizes about her negligent parents' death.
- Abusive Parents: The girls' monologue lists out how many bad things her parents have done to her, like neglecting to take care of her dog, only giving her junk food for her school lunches, and her mother apparently molesting her when her stepfather wasn't in the mood for sex.
- Flipping the Bird: The girl ends up having a giant hand flipping the bird protrude from her crotch.
- Power Fantasy: The segment is about the girl fantasizing about using Reality Warping abilities to inflict horrific transformations and punishments upon her mother and stepfather.
Z is for ZygoteFrom Canada. Directed by Chris Nash, who submitted his entry for the previous 26th director contest called T is for Thread. It is about a pregnant woman who has been staving off birth for 13 years and is living with a 13-year-old inside her uterus after her husband left years ago.
- And I Must Scream: Subverted. The 13-year-old child in the mother's womb really wants to come out but is not tormented by it.
- Body Horror: See Death by Childbirth below.
- Death by Childbirth: Morbid example. The mother runs out of her birth-delaying root, the child then proceeds to make more room for itself by killing and disemboweling the mother. The child then proceeds to wear the mother's skin.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Is the woman at the end really a 13-year-old child living in its mother's skin, or did the woman have an abortion/big miscarriage right before her husband returned?
- Please Don't Leave Me: The woman's jerkass husband leaves the house and she has to stave off the birth alone with years long supply of birth-delaying roots until he returns.