A cleaning lady discovers a suitcase filled with diamonds and a genie lamp; she gets three wishes but isn’t careful what she wishes for.
Every see the Twilight Zone? Not the TV series remake, or the Spielberg flick – the original series, hosted by Rod Serling in good ‘ole Black and White. If not … you owe it to yourself to do a binge marathon. Even those who are already fans might get a kick at watching the series all over again. It’s surprising how much holds up after all these years.
One of the main reasons is that Twilight Zone relied on classic storytelling. Some of the tales were pretty straightforward. But they worked; and usually featured some kind of ironic twist at the end.
Ruby and the Lamp harkens back to that kind of pedigree; following the simple tale of Ruby – a cleaning lady that finds a magical lamp in a hotel room. She rubs it, and the Genie appears… resulting in the standard offer of three wishes. There’s a touch of modern humor in this one, giving the story a fresh feel. What will Ruby wish for – and how horrifically will it go wrong?
Open the script to find out. But make sure it doesn’t cost your soul…
About the writer: Darren J. Seeley contributes regularly to Movie Snitch, and is writer of the recently produced short Forced Donation. Contact Darren at Darrenlives – AT – myfrontiermail – DOT – com or Darren7Seeley (twitter).
Budget: Relatively low. Only two main characters, and one setting (the hotel room.) There’s a *little* bit of FX that’ll be needed on this one. But nothing that can’t be done with ingenuity and some talent in post!
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