Created by: Ashley Coughlin
“Unnerving” at first appears to be a series done with the lowest possible budget but soon shows, visually, that it can do a lot. Only three out of 60 episodes are available but the other 57 are in the works. The three that we have show promising talent even if the writing is on the cliché end (with titles like “Monster in the Closet” for episode one, what could you expect).
These episodes and the filmmakers who worked on them, most notably Ashley Coughlin, an actor and the writer on whose stories these episodes are based, have put an independent, and novel energy into these old horror stories. They turn them into innocent horror with a compelling visual touch. Some of the filmmakers working on this project, like Eric Williams, are experienced and have worked on such films and series such as “Gone Girl,” “Stoker,” and “The Walking Dead”
The episodes in the series aren’t supposed to be terrifyingly scary but they still manage their own charm, a fun watchability that short horror films are known to provide. The quickness of each episode doesn’t give a whole lot of time to sympathize with characters, so maybe you sympathize with the tormented photographer as in “No Direction” or the ghost of the child in “Child of Mine.” It’s more fun, ultimately, to be friends with the villain or monster in horror films.
In these three episodes, the camerawork was surprisingly succinct and careful, giving weird angles, and perspective shots that are fun to look at. But at the same time, it’s true that what WebVeeGuide says about the series (that it “leaves viewers wanting more”) applies directly to the story and the camerawork. It doesn’t feel like there’s enough length or substance to keep viewers enthralled for the duration of the series.
It’s possible a common thread will emerge but as anthology series like “Fear Itself” and “Masters of Horror” have shown, they don’t last long and people lose interest. Since this series is being uploaded through YouTube, there’s no worry about it getting cancelled and a couple film festivals have already picked it up. What’s worrying is that people may not care enough to watch more than a couple episodes. But if the filmmaking team keeps up the energy and makes the subsequent episodes better and better, there’s definitely a lot of hope for the series.