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Monday, February 23, 2015

Grave Love – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Grave Love

A man tends to his garden at midnight, but something more sinister is at play.

 Never underestimate the importance of intelligent dialogue and pacing – even in a horror script. Sure, you can throw a monster in. Sprinkle loads of blood and gore on top. But the true essence of horror isn’t FX. Or facile jump scares. It’s the slow, skillful building of suspense. And finding the characters interesting enough that you care what happens next…

Meet John. A gardener. Handsome. A GQ fantasy from a school girl’s dreams. When we first meet John, he’s hard at work – tilling the soil, planting seeds. Spectactor Tom watches from the sidelines… equally cute and dressed to kill.

And full of snarky commentary. Which starts with the plants – but doesn’t end there. As with all good dialogue, there’s a rich vein of subtext. And this undercurrent’s mighty dark. What went wrong in their relationship. Tom analyzing John’s fatal flaws. Seems like the school girl’s bound for disappointment; the two bicker back and forth like an old divorced couple. Which, basically, they are.

John ignores Tom’s nasty barbs – moving from daisies to sunflowers. Tom asks his ex who that was for. Which is when Robert steps from the shadows. Young. Rugged. Gorgeous. Well, except for the gaping ax wound across his face, that is. Which is when Tom adjusts his collar; exposing deep strangulation marks.   Looks like when John ends a relationship, he really seals the deal.

John ceases puttering, and moves over to an empty grave. Yet more men join the Greek chorus – chiming in with comments galore. Has John’s conscience finally gotten the best of him? They take bets on how he’ll off himself… Gun, knife. Perhaps pills?

John puts a knife to his neck, and faces his tormentors. True, he may be dead soon – but at least he won’t have to listen to them anymore!

But best laid plans always go awry. Even in the best tended gardens….

A dark and smartly written script, Grave Love has a ton of things going for it. Memorable characters. And just one location – with terrific atmosphere. Horror directors, jump on this one. Or someone else will surely snatch it away!

About the writer: Vladimir Jovanovski can be reached at vjcinend “AT” Yahoo!

Pages: 7

Budget: Pretty low. One location – basic gore FX. Save your money for creepy actors!

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Atticus Institute – trailer - posted by Don

Chris Sparling, writer of Buried, has written and directed a new horror film, The Atticus Institute.

In the fall of 1976, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania became the unwitting home to the only government-confirmed case of possession. The U.S. military assumed control of the lab under orders of national security and, soon after, implemented measures aimed at weaponizing the entity. The details of the inexplicable events that occurred are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years.

Check out the trailer.


The Atticus Institute is available on demand, DVD, and Blu-ray Jan. 20. Deets to follow.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Pins and Needles – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Pins and Needles

Desperate to save his afflicted wife, a tailor decides on a drastic last resort.

Horror’s changed quite a bit over the years. Once the venue of Bela Legosi and Boris Karloff, the genre’s – well – mutated. Over the top FX in the 80s – followed by the rise of slashers and torture porn.

Yet, some of the best horror remains simple. Haunting tales, focused on unassuming characters – faced with fate, loss. Tragedy.

A story of love and sacrifice, Pins and Needles harkens back to that traditional time. The protagonist in the story: a stocky little tailor named Marvin. At sixty-four, Marvin’s a simple man. A small business owner with modest dreams. And despite being married for over forty years, still deeply in love with his wife, Tess.

But fate can be unkind. Four years ago Tess had a stroke; leaving her a vegetable. Unable to walk or communicate – though awareness remains in her eyes. Marvin’s taken Tess to a million doctors. Prayed. But nothing’s worked.

And now – Marvin’s ready to take drastic measures.

As the script opens, Marvin waits in the store basement, accompanied by his wife… and a “guest”. Twenty something Rebecca – duct tape on her mouth, her hands tied. You see, Marvin’s done his research, and uncovered a demonic sacrifice that will restore Tess to her glory days. The price may be grisly… but worth it to save the little man’s True Love.

But will everything go as planned? Or does Fate have something else in store?

A sweet little story in its own way, Pins and Needles is perfect for horror directors who want a classic tale – of love, demons and sacrifice.

About the Writer: Living in CA, Ryan Lee can be contacted via ryanlee1800 AT yahoo. His IMDB credits can be viewed here.

Pages: 11

Budget: Some demon FX to do in post – but most of P&N’s straightforward. Three characters. One basement!

READ THE SCRIPT HERE – AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Ruins screenplay - posted by Don

The Ruins – January 19, 2007 unspecified draft script by Scott Smith – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Haunting In Connecticut screenplay - posted by Don

A Haunting in Connecticut – June 25, 2007 unspecified draft script by Adam Simon & Tim Metcalfe – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

The day Karen and Ed Parker move into their dream home, ominous clues of its chilling funeral parlor past greet them: crucifixes on doors, toe tags and coffin keys in the basement. Their 14-year-old son, Paul, claims he sees apparitions and hears voices. Soon, the house is plagued by dark forces that torment the entire family, and it will take a desperate call to Edward and Lorraine Warren-investigators of the Amityville haunting-to offer any hope of relief.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Happy Halloween! - posted by Don

Something to put you in the Halloween spirit.


Pumpkin Nightmare from Indie Me on Vimeo.

A young woman arrives at home after a Halloween party and finds a nice pumpkin at her door. She brings the pumpkin inside, which turns out to be a big mistake…

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Midnight Meat Train screenplay - posted by Don

The Midnight Meat Train – Undated, unspecified draft script by Jeff Buhler (based on Clive Barker’s short story “The Midnight Meat Train” – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she analyzes Leon’s work and asks him to improve the quality of his photos. During the night, the upset Leon decides to wander on the streets taking pictures with his camera, and he follows three punks down to the subway station; when the gang attacks a young woman, Leon defends her and the guys move on. On the next morning, Leon discovers that the woman is missing.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let Me In screenplay - posted by Don

Let Me In – February 2, 2009 first draft script by Matt Reeves (based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist) – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

A twelve year-old Owen is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Kenny and two other classmates; at home, Owen dreams of avenging himself against the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old next door neighbor, Abby, who only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Abby’s father is a wanted serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Abby, who is actually an ancient vampire.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - posted by Don

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – July 14, 2009 blue draft script by Melissa Rosenberg – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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