Review: “Strange Scenes from an Unfinished Film” by Gary McMahon

2 of 5 stars.

Through dodgy means, a man acquires a short unfinished film by a favorite director, murdered before a feature could be made of the idea. The man watches the uncanny VHS film that seems to almost show himself watching and reacting to something on a television screen in a living room not unlike his. In the film, a monster glides into view . . .

There are few mediums that this vignette would truly shine in, and print is not one of them. This tale would be appropriate fodder for an episode of Tales from the Crypt, or The Twilight Zone. Potentially, it’d work as a Korean style horror film. It doesn’t translate with the appropriate uncanniness here, unfortunately.

This story was included in the anthology The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2010 edited by Paula Guran.
[Check out my other reviews here.]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s