Saturday, March 25, 2017

Excerpts from a Film (1942-1987), by A.C. Wise

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(Horror) A Hollywood producer is haunted by a starlett he loved who disappeared 40 years earlier. (9,721 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Pro: Mary started seeing ghosts right at the point her mother abandoned her en route to Hollywood. She thought she'd do right by the ghosts by making movies that highlighted the dangers facing young women, but decided it just encouraged more murders. Finally, after having an abortion, she decided a real snuff film--featuring her own death--was the only thing that would work, but then George burned it. So she and the other ghosts haunted him until he died, decades later. During that time, he kept trying and trying to make the movie she wanted to see, but it doesn't seem as though he ever satisfied her.

We're so sure he murdered her that there's a lot of tension in the story.

Con: It's hard to believe in her vision. Movies about dead girls likely don't do any good. Making George give money to the right charities would have been a better idea. That makes the whole thing seem like an exercise in futility.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. A sort of homage to Elizabeth Short, it seems somewhat inconclusive. I suppose that may be intentional.