A therapist has an unorthodox method for curing his suicidal patients… he tries to murder them!
Slasher films. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Usually penned from the “shallow end of the pool”, most slashers feature one dimensional characters interesting for only one detail – how they meet their grisly end. (Okay, sometimes there are boobies too. But that’s just an added guy-bonus.) As for the bad guys? They’re also pretty tightly defined. Jason wears a hockey mask. Freddy has Wolverine gloves, and Michael Meyers is channeling William Shatner.
After awhile, it seems like it’s all been done. How can a script differentiate itself? Especially after Saw and the Human Centipede?
Well, there’s always Psycho-Therapist – a script that brings a new meaning to “Shock Therapy.” Written in classic “cabin in the woods” style, PT follows a group of suicidal teens that have been sent to camp to deal with their issues once and for all. When they arrive, it quickly becomes apparent that their shrink – Dr. Jeffries – isn’t exactly by the book. For instance, he wheels in the corpse of a dead teen that killed himself with a shotgun… just to give his patients a reality check (not to mention some nasty smells.) But when one of the kids gets butchered in the night, it looks like the Doc has gone too far. The rest of the group run for their lives. With their Psycho-Therapist close behind…
Despite the 23 page length, this script reads fast. Lots of blood and death for the gorehounds out there – complete with a classic horror twist. Give Psycho-Therapist a read. It could be just what the doctor ordered….
About the writer: Gary started out writing comedy sketches and has had several of them produced. He recently sold his short script ‘Death of an Icon’ to an Emmy nominated director. He has also penned several features and is currently putting the finishing touches to a high-concept zombie comedy that promises to bring something new to the genre. Aside from writing, his biggest passion is the English soccer team Everton F.C. He can be contacted at: gazrow – AT – hotmail.
Budget: Not that bad. The setting’s basically one lodge, a van, and some external shots. You would need to set aside some money for effects. Especially the intro scene.
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