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Yo-Yo – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by Guest Reviewer

Yo-yo(3 pages in pdf format) by M.J. Hermanny

Bullying can backfire pretty badly…

Three pages. Not a single word of dialog, but a strict goose bumps guarantee:

You like horror? Then travel with us into the pages of MJ Hermanny’s Yo-Yo – a micro script that takes readers on a trip of horror, into the abyss of a wounded soul.

Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself or at least know someone who did. Being the outsider – the bullied one everyone laughs about – isn’t easy for anyone. Especially not teenagers. Life for them is awkward, as-is.

But what if those victims found a way to manifest all their accumulated pain and hate?

That’s the dilemma of 19 year old Ellen, Yo-Yo’s protagonist. Harassed and isolated, she ends up in a library where she pours over covers of horror DVD films. And the genre that sings its siren song to her isn’t surprising in the least. After all, when one suffers mental torment, the pain and unconscious longing for revenge proves a wonderful breeding ground for… whatever Ellen is about to find in those dark, dismal aisles.

It all starts out with a yo-yo. As the shadows deepen, Ellen’s encounter turns even more horrifying… building into an unholy agglutination of visuals that many will find themselves unable to face.

Sounds like the perfect blend of terror? For those who like stories that burrow under your skin, then trust me… Yo-Yo is! Just imagine the visuals of The Ring or Silent Hill – packaged into the ultimate creepy micro script.

If executed with solid special effects, Yo-Yo is guaranteed to be a jawdropper for film festivals. Pick this up before someone else does. And bring this demonic tale to life!

Budget: Low to medium. Some solid post or CGI required.

About the writer: Boasting an MA in Scriptwriting for Film, Theatre, TV & Radio, MJ Hermanny is an award winning writer, with shorts optioned and produced in countries as diverse as Croatia and Norway. Residing in sunny England, she is currently hard at work developing a series with the BBC Writersroom – as well as working on a number of features (including one low-budget horror and a fantasy adventure script.) Check out her blog, RedCatWriter.wordpress.com. MJ herself can be reached via mjhermanny – AT – gmail!

About the reviewer: A German writer and computer scientist, Thorsten Loos is running his own software development company for a living. In his spare time, he primarily writes tales and scripts in the Science Fiction, Conspiracy and Paranormal genres. (Though he does drift into different genres with his shorts.) Thorsten’s currently working on episodes of an international TV series in development for a U.S. based production company. His pilot script Project Endolon made it to the semi finals of the Creative World Awards 2015, his pilot Mindwalker won ‘best TV Pilot’ in February at Wildsound Festival. His short script ‘The Wall In The Garden’ was recently optioned and is going to production in May. Want to learn more? Then reach out to him at loos.thorsten “AT” web.de!

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

3 Comments so far

1.

tyna
May 10th, 2016 at 2:34 pm

I love this script ,short very visual with no dialogues. Great job will love to produce it.

2.

Cruz Fernandez
May 11th, 2016 at 2:12 am

I love this script. I teach a high school film class and would love to film this as part of our schools anti-bullying campaign.

3.

KP Mackie
May 11th, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Spooky ghost story.
Am such a fan of dialogue-free stories cause they pull the reader, hence the audience, in immediately.
Well done! 🙂

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