Experimental Film

Experimental Film

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Experimental Film is a contemporary ghost story in which former Canadian film history teacher Lois Cairns-jobless and depressed in the wake of her son's autism diagnosis-accidentally discovers the existence of lost early 20th century Ontario filmmaker Mrs. A. Macalla Whitcomb. By deciding to investigate how Mrs. Whitcomb's obsessions might have led to her mysterious disappearance, Lois unwittingly invites the forces which literally haunt Mrs. Whitcomb's films into her life, eventually putting her son, her husband and herself in danger. Experimental Film mixes painful character detail with a creeping aura of dread to produce a fictionalized "memoir" designed to play on its readers' narrative expectations and pack an existentialist punch.

Title:Experimental Film
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781771483490
Format Type:

    Experimental Film Reviews

  • Janie C.

    I know that some readers will pass this book by, claiming that they don't read ghost stories. I am here to assure you that this story is so much more than a simple supernatural tale. It challenges our...

  • Pamela  (Here to Read Books and Chew Gum)

    Experimental Film shows first-hand how a first-class concept isn’t enough to carry a novel.  Gemma Files is incredibly knowledgeable about film, and it certainly shows.  I was not at all surprised...

  • Beverly

    There is much of interest here in Experimental Film, a great set of main characters, autism finely depicted, and a weird, oddly resonant evil god. Despite all the goodies, though, I was not fully inve...

  • Chris Berko

    Wow...all I really can say is wow. I have highlighted more passages in this than all the other books I've read combined, with the exception of Infinite Jest, I practically highlighted that whole book....

  • Nancy Oakes

    Verdict: Simply excellent. Not only is Experimental Film a book that pushed every single one of my horror-loving buttons, it is also a story very well told, one that grabbed my attention on the second...

  • Randolph

    Outstanding creep novel of a higher type. We still have cosmic forces trying to worm their way into our universe via... Well, that would be telling. Leave it to say that hapless (by her own estimation...

  • Mindi

    I just realized that this is the second book by a Canadian author that takes place in Canada that I've read this month. Coincidence? Yep. But it makes me want to read more from Canadian writers. Both ...

  • Gabrielle

    “In its purest form, done right, watching an experimental film is the closest you can come to dreaming another person’s dreams. Which is why to watch one is, essentially, to invite another person ...

  • Bill

    A former Canadian film history teacher, investigates a decades old mystery surrounding the disappearance of a ground breaking experimental film maker. The secret to her disappearance lies in the conte...

  • Latasha

    I did not finish this book. my loan expired and I didn't care enough to extend it. the ghost story part is great but the film talk isn't. maybe i'll return to it someday. ...