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Monday, January 19, 2015

Bump in the Night – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by wonkavite

Bump in the Night

A foul mouthed drug addict decides that burglary can get him his next fix, but he picks the wrong house and the wrong couple to mess with.

Our culture has such a schizophrenic view of old people. On one hand, we infantilize them. Awwwww, they’re so cute and polite. Innocent beings brimming with wisdom, and memories of days gone by. Then we discard ‘em like yesterday’s trash. Old folks’ facilities. Left to fend for themselves in broken down homes. Especially after the children move away. They’re vulnerable to falling; breaking that oh-so vulnerable hip. Not to mention violent home invasions by ruthless predators…

Meet Alexander and Agnes, 60s. A sweet couple living out their golden years in a comfy suburban neighborhood. We meet them in bed. They’re cuddled together – fast asleep. At least until they hear a noise.

It’s an intruder. Baz – a strung-out teen junkie in search of a score. Alexander and Agnes slip out of bed, and tiptoe quiet as mice downstairs.

Baz grabs Agnes’ purse, and turns to go. But his path is blocked by Alexander, wielding a baseball bat. He tells the old codger to F* off, but Alexander’s not deterred. For a mortal battle’s about to ensue. An epic fight for the ages.

Low budget and high entertainment, Bump in the Night has loads in its favor. Colorful characters. A wicked sense of humor. Twists. There’s even a moral hidden deep down in here: don’t assume that old people are helpless. They were once young bastards, too….

About the writer: Anthony Cawood is an aspiring screenwriter from the UK with a number of scripts in various stages of production, two of which have just wrapped shooting. His script, A Certain Romance, recently won in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (short script category). You can find out more at http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

Pages: 10

Budget: Pretty low. A handful of actors. A bar, and a house. That’s about as easy as it gets!

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8 Comments so far

1.

Ali
January 19th, 2015 at 12:46 pm

It’s like building a house. You have to know what you are doing.
This needs a rewrite. Sorry. Not there yet. And Readers should tell
really what he she thinks of the script.

2.

Anthony Cawood
January 19th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Readers certainly should Ali, thanks for the constructive feedback.

3.

Henry Christner (Stumpzian)
January 19th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

The phrasing of Ali’s comment (and lack of specifics) makes me suspect this is that troll that pops up every now and then.

4.

Anthony Cawood
January 19th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Quite possibly Henry, but one who knows how to build a house apparently 😉

5.

KP Mackie
January 21st, 2015 at 12:41 am

Clever.
Characters are original and funny.
Very entertaining. 🙂

6.

Anthony Cawood
January 21st, 2015 at 9:28 am

Thanks KP
Glad you liked it and it worked for you.
Cheers
Anthony

7.

SimplyScripts - Movie Scripts and Screenplays » Bump in the Night – Optioned!
March 3rd, 2015 at 11:33 am

[…] is proud to announce that Anthony Cawood has scored yet AGAIN.  His reviewed short, Bump in the Night, is now officially optioned by a filmmaker in South Africa.  We promise to keep all and sundry up […]

8.

Phillip E. Hardy
March 8th, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Bump In The Night is a fun, short screenplay that gets the story told in ten pages. It is extremely well written and demonstrates a writer who understands his craft. I used to read “The Armed Citizen” in National Rifleman. This is way funnier.

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