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Monday, June 27, 2016

Psycho-Therapist – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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Psycho-Therapist

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.

Pages: 23

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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6 Comments so far

1.

Damien Michael Aulsberry
June 27th, 2016 at 11:20 am

Great screenplay the dialogue was excellent…someones going to have a lot of fun with it!
Congrats Gary…only complaint I would have is that he’s an Everton fan!! My daughters name is Emily Anfield 🙂 Best of luck with it dude!

2.

Gary Rowlands
June 27th, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Damien thanks for the kind words about Psycho-Therapist! Glad you enjoyed it! Perhaps your daughter could change her name from Emily Anfield to Emily Goodison Park?! It has a nice ring about it don’t you think? Hmm… perhaps not. 🙂

Big thanks to Janet and the STS team for all their hard work. You guys do a great job! 🙂

cheers
Gary

3.

Damien Michael Aulsberry
June 28th, 2016 at 10:50 am

Gary,
Very welcome. Really hope it gets made.
She would have to find new board and lodgings if she did that!!

Janet is the most genuine person I’ve come across in this business. A true wonder woman!!

Best

Damien

4.

Janet
June 28th, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Guys,

You’re both totally awesome *blush*! And the major shout-out goes to scripts like Psycho-Therapist, and Family Business. It’s you writers that make STS work! :))

Cheers,

–Janet

5.

KP Mackie
June 29th, 2016 at 12:13 am

Terrific twist in this slasher story.
Great pacing in this quick read. Really fun anticipating what the explanation is for the nutso-therapist…
Love the title. Well done! 🙂

6.

Gary Rowlands
June 29th, 2016 at 9:11 am

Thanks for the kind words Janet and KP. You guys rock! 🙂

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