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Not Born a Monster – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by Guest Reviewer

Not Born a Monster by Bill Sarre

Joshua would try anything to start his life anew. Can a money-hungry, sex-craved tweaker be the one to help him change his ways?

Most people aren’t born monsters. But, what if you had become one? What would you do if you found yourself doing things you regret without any control over the situation? What if the memories of your evil deeds haunt you…constantly? Would you turn to medicine? Therapy? If all else failed, would you dare pursue a riskier procedure that promised to eliminate any recollection of the habits you’ve picked up, the lives you’ve destroyed, and the torture you’ve endured?

Joshua, the protagonist of Bill Sarre’s latest work, Not Born a Monster, would. This wealthy, meticulously-dressed, sixty-year old werewolf knows that he wasn’t always that way.

We’re not born monsters, you know.
You catch it, like a disease.
But it’s one that makes you feel good,
even though you’re sick.

Joshua has tried everything—even psychoanalysis—to no avail. (Of course, killing the shrink probably didn’t help much in his recovery process). Joshua figures that if he could just erase his memory to a time before he became a werewolf, life could be different. He could forget the evil deeds he has performed; forget the demands of a werewolf existence.

And, he finally could be freed of the urge to eat his grandchild. A boy he loves more than anything else in his hellish world.

So, Joshua makes his way to a very shady side of town, where he meets up with Felix, a sketchy, shaky has-been scientist who runs a business designed to erase memories…for a price. Felix is eager for business because it’s been awhile since he’s scored and maybe even longer since he’s been laid, both of which currently obsessively occupy his thoughts. Yet, he is nervous about accepting the job because he had never before performed the task of removing so many years of memories.

Everything…everything, after the age of ten.

     Felix throws his hands up in despair.

No way! That’s how I got shafted
last time. Keep it specific, man,
like a car crash, or beating up a
whore, whatever.

Yet, deleting fifty years of a man’s life takes time. And the process is rarely pleasant to see…

But, will the memory deletion contraption hold out long enough to finish the job? If Felix fails, this could turn out badly – for both men….

Not Born a Monster interlaces the plights of these two sick men with a skill that will make audiences go crazy. It’s catching – just like an unstoppable virulent disease…

Budget: Medium. The opening shot requires futuristic-looking automobiles, including the interior of one car with computerized screens

About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT”

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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.

About the Reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She has always loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.

2 Comments so far


KP Mackie
November 25th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Spooky stuff.
Particularly like that both of these guys are bad. Can’t decide which one is worse.
Terrific visual quality. Had me squirming… :/


KP Mackie
August 6th, 2017 at 1:40 pm

This spooky one stayed with me…
Always a good thing! 🙂

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