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Bowel Sounds – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by The Merrows

Bowel Sounds

A patient experiences malevolent gastric distress

Ever sit in a quiet classroom or church… and suddenly your stomach makes one of those really loud gurgly sounds? Whoa. How loud was it, you wonder? Did anyone else hear it? Are they staring at you? Grossed out or giggling? And then… it happens again. G-u-R-g-L-e. And again. Sheesh, what are those sounds, anyway? What’s going on inside you that’s making so much ruckus? Could something you ate really cause that much commotion?

Or perhaps something’s eating you!

That’s the premise of the riveting comedy-horror, Bowel Sounds, by Robert G. Newcomer. Sad sack Tucker thinks something’s eating him up – from the inside out. And admittedly, he don’t look good. Even his family physician’s taken aback by his haggard appearance. But after listening with his stethoscope, Dr. Morgan concludes it’s just normal bowel sounds. You know, an undigested bit of beef. Or something Lewis Carroll-ish…

But Tucker ain’t buying it. He can feel something in his innards. Rolling. Squirming. Biting. And when he listens through the stethoscope, he hears an evil voice. Taunting him!

Questioning his patient’s marbles, Dr. Morgan slips from the room to order a sedative. But while he’s gone, Tucker takes matters into his own hands. Literally.

What follows next solves poor Tucker’s problem. But it sure ain’t pretty.

Memo to any doctors who might read this: Don’t leave surgical tools lying around when there’s a crazy person in the room. And one more word of caution: if you see a bloody trail leading to a trash can, and the trash can moves – keep your distance.

Horror directors, take heed. If you remember Reanimator with fondness, Bowel Sounds is the perfect tale for you. Darkly comedic, and bloody fun!

About the writer:  Robert Newcomer recently received his first IMDB credit for another short, Them That’s Dead.  An intelligent writer, he has several other shorts and a horror feature length available for consideration. (IMDB credits listed here.) Other scripts by Robert (also horror) reviewed at STS include:

A Mighty Fire

Someplace Nice and Dark

Pages: 5

Budget: Low. Three actors, a “doctor’s room” and buckets of blood!

About the reviewers: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards. They’re reachable at scott-paula “AT” comcast.net

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8 Comments so far

1.

Bert
September 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am

Thanks for all your work, Janet, and thanks to team Merrow, as well.

For a bit of context, this was for a contest on the wonderful Movie Poet site. The challenge was a five-page “monster” script, in which the monster in question was never shown.

This placed second — behind yet another batch of drivel by that prolific hack Matias Caruso 🙂

2.

Rusty
September 24th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Sigh! Bert, this is one of my all-time favorites over at MP and if you ever need money for your addiction habit or a cardboard box to sleep in AFTER your fifth divorce (Coz’ heck I figure you to be one helluva ladies man) you can call me collect in Bomay, India.

Keep on this writing though or no baby laxative for you to snort!

Somebody produce this pronto!

3.

The Guest
September 24th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

That was a fun ride. Disgusting, sure, but it made me chuckle a good few times.

4.

KP Mackie
September 24th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

It’s still a funny horror…
Smiled at the end, again.
Well done.

5.

Henry Christner
September 24th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

When I saw the title, I thought (dubiously), “This ought to be good.” Well, it is good. I zipped right through (thanks to the writing). At the end, we’re left wanting to SEE what it was in Tucker’s stomach but instead have to settle for what we imagine it to be — which is whole point.

Note to Bert: Well done on the first line of comment #5.

Note to Elephant Man: Well said.

6.

Zack
September 24th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Note to Bert: What fun! Don’t dare change a thing.
Note to Henry and Elephant: You guys, I could tip pints with.
Note to Linda’s Thursday morning: 9:56 a.m. – put mirror next fancy scripts on table and every time Nurse Rachet’s ghostly demon whispers “post sage advice,” look in said mirror.

7.

Cindy L. Keller
September 30th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

A fun and quick read.
I got something inside me. Hahaha
I liked it, Bert.
Short, kooky, and with a twist.
I’m glad I was able to give it a read.
Cindy

8.

KP Mackie
January 2nd, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Still funny. 🙂

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