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Monday, October 20, 2014

Count Down to Halloween – I Know What You Did Last Summer script - posted by Don

With Halloween fast approaching and writers furiously working on his/her October One Week Writing Challenge scripts, I thought I’d add some inspiration.

-Don

I Know What You Did Last Summer – March 12, 1997 third draft script by Kevin Williamson (based on the novel by Lois ducan) – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

Adaptation of Lois Duncan’s thriller about four teenagers trying to cover up a hit-and-run. Love Hewitt plays Julie, a high school senior who goes trip with her friends and accidently hits a fisherman. They think he is dead and dump him into the waters. But later they get a strange letter that says “I know what you did last summer.”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Congratulations to Matias Caruso – for Oh So Many Things….! - posted by wonkavite

We at STS are thrilled to announce that Matias Caruso has just sold his reviewed script, The Dollmaker!  Oh, there’s just one other little thing… He’s also just been announced as the 2014 GRAND PRIZE WINNER of Page Awards! Please join us in giving a major round of applause to a very talented writer… One for whom we know great things are in store!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Damned Yankee – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

DAMNED YANKEE

George just arrived in Songless.  And he’s got a tune to wake the dead…

Any scriptwriter worth their salt knows that the last ten years or so has seen a massive resurgence in the undead and all things zombie. Huge blockbusters like the recent World War Z have taken the box office by storm proving that there is still plenty of life in the ravenous flesh-eaters.

A point given further credence when considering the phenomenal success of TV’s The Walking Dead. The show is an international smash with millions of viewers tuning in each week to see Rick and his cohorts trying to survive a terrifying zombie outbreak where the only thing on the menu is them.

Given the rising popularity of these brain-hungry creatures it’s hardly surprising that there are probably as many scripts floating around as there are dead bodies in a zombie apocalypse.

Invariably, the inflicted end up as cannibalistic corpses due to a mysterious virus or lab experiment gone wrong.

So it’s particularly refreshing to see talented writer Cindy L. Keller breathe new life into the undead with her own unique take on the genre with her script Damned Yankee.

Our story begins when New Yorker, George Davidson’s rental car breaks down on the outskirts of Songless, a deathly quiet town in the Deep South. We think little of it until we discover that George is a country singer en route to Nashville – talk about irony!

George and his guitar take shelter from the sweltering heat under a tree where he encounters a mysterious dancing girl who likes to dance to the sound of silence! George attempts to make conversation, but the terrified girl runs off into the woods.

Fortunately, help soon arrives by way of wiry old hillbilly Phil Basher. Phil is the town’s chief peacemaker who not only has a strong dislike for “Yankees” like George, he also takes his job seriously… very seriously! So much so, that he refuses to allow George to play a single note on his beloved guitar and growls “You’ll raise the dead with that racket!”

They head off into town together and tensions soon rise between them. Phil eventually confides in George that the town is cursed, hence the reason why all types of music including singing are strictly prohibited. A statement borne out by the grizzly sight of hundreds of dead birds culled to prevent them from making so much as a peep.

But it’s too late! Modern technology intervenes and thanks to George’s ringtone all hell is about to break loose! Worse still, Phil has a much darker side to him as George is about to discover to his dismay.

Will George survive Phil and the undead hordes or are he and his musical career truly dead and buried?

About the writer: When asked where her inspiration comes from, Cindy will tell you that she was brought up in a small town. A town whose movie theater played Double Features on Saturday afternoons. Many of those being Horror double features. She loves the old horror classics. Movies like Dracula, Creature, The Mummy, and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Horror without all the blood and guts, and she strives to incorporate that notion within her own writing.

Cindy is an award-winning screenwriter. She’s been a finalist at Page, finalist at Gimme Credit, Sixth place winner at American Gem, and the winner of Hellfire’s Short Horror Contest.

She has had two shorts produced, and has more shorts and features available for production. Cindy can be reached at skyburg “AT” hotmail

Pages: 21

Budget: low to moderate. A handful of characters (mostly non-speaking). A couple of vehicles. A few locations: Woods/House/Service Station/Cemetery and that’s pretty much it!

About the guest reviewer: Gary “Rolo” Rowlands cut his teeth writing sketch comedy for the hugely popular Spitting Image – a show broadcast on national television in the UK. He has since gone on to write several high-concept features and can be contacted at gazrow at Hotmail dot com.

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

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Red Dragon script two-fer - posted by Don

Red Dragon – April 23, 2001 unspecified draft script by Ted Tally (based on the book by Thomas Harris – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

Red Dragon – April 25, 2002 Gray Revised Draft script by Ted Tally (based on the book by Thomas Harris – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

Will Graham (Edward Norton) is just about to retire from the F.B.I. when he is called back into duty to track down a brutal killer known at the Tooth Fairy. The killer, Francis Dollarhyde (Ralph Fiennes), detests the title given to him and would rather use the title that he thinks of himself as: the Red Dragon. Now, Dollarhyde has set his eyes on a young woman named Reba (Emily Watson) and Graham will do anything to stop him from killing her. But for him to do that, there’s just one thing that he needs to do that he has never wanted to do ever again: visit his arch-enemy, the cunning Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), who has been giving the Red Dragon some information about Graham’s family recently.

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The Patch-Up Kid – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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The Patch-Up Kid

Scavenging dead bodies and fixing people was all that the Patch-up Kid knew, but a cowboy in Nino Sangre has one more test for him.

When you’re twelve years old and you live in a dusty, wild west town called Niño Sangre (Child Blood) you need skills. Plenty of ‘em.

Meet the Patch-Up Kid. He’s twelve. And sure enough – he’s got skills. Like plugging up bloody bullet holes in gunfighters’ bellies. Or yanking the gold teeth from the mouths of the other guys – the still-warm losers who didn’t walk away from the gunfight. Assisted by friends Fingers, Squeak and Mule, the Kid does the dirty deeds that others twice his age won’t do…

A kid’s gotta make a living, right?

Yep, the Patch-Up Kid’s a survivor. Y’gotta be when you’re half-white, half-Native American, and grotesquely scarred with only one good eye (the result of a grizzly bear attack, or a drunken father – depending on who’s telling the tale.)

And speaking of tales… imagine a gritty portrait of a street kid – told old west style. Expertly painted by screenwriter Rustom Irani, TP-UK is a poignant story about a hard-luck kid with True Grit, with light-heart touches of humor crusting the dusty edges.

This particular script focuses on the Kid’s run in with big n’ burly Dawson – a wounded desperado who blackmails the young gang to dig a bullet out of his chest (and arrange for a quick get-away outta town.) Just five pages long, it’s a colorful intro to the character.

But ambitious directors take note. This is one world that has plenty left to explore. The Patch-Up Kid works beautifully as a stand-alone story. But it’s also ideal as the intro for a feature length movie. Or TV series for the right producer! So grab the opportunity while you can. ‘Cause nothing stays still in the Wild West for too long…

About the writer: A film and video aficionado based in Mumbai, Rustom Irani works as a freelance editor and screenwriter for projects ranging from narratives, commercials, and documentaries to corporate and music videos. His website is available at www.planetrusty.com, and he can be reached at rustyirani “AT” gmail.com!

Pages: 5

Budget: Low to moderate. We would have said low, but it’s a period piece – which might drive the cost up a touch. (All those six-shooters and Stetsons, y’know?)

About the Reviewers: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards.

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

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All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Lies Beneath screenplay - posted by Don

What Lies Beneath – December 1, 1999 production draft script by Clark Gregg – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost – or that she is losing her mind.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Haunting screenplay - posted by Don

The Haunting – July 30, 1998 early draft script by David Self – hosted by: Horrorlair – in pdf format

When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house’s ghostly past.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Scripts of the 7 Week Challenge – Manhunt by Marcello Degliuomini - posted by Don

Writers were challenged to write a script in 7 weeks. The genre: Thriller. The theme: Male lead about 50 years old. Race against the clock. The gist: Assume a male actor in his 50’s, in good physical shape, is looking for a mid to high budget “Race-Against-The-Clock Thriller”.

Each day, one script from the 7 week challenge will be featured. Next up…

Manhunt by Marcello Degliuomini (Reel-Truth)

A man who has spent his life taking down scores, must break out of prison to settle an old one. Before a malicious ex partner kidnaps his son in an attempt to retrieve the loot from their last job. 92 pages (pdf format)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Magick in the Machine – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

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The Magick in the Machine

An aging witch, a junkie and internet porn. What could possibly go wrong?

Hostel. Saw. The Hills Have Eyes. These days, the horror genre is overrun with torture porn; a never-ending fountain gore with little humor to wash it down. What happened to dark comedy? You know: Reanimator, American Werewolf in London, or gentler fare like Heathers?

For those who prefer their scares served tongue in cheek, The Magick in the Machine may be the perfect potion: a macabre mixture of magick, mayhem, mirth, merriment, murder… and, or course, a machine.

It’s the story of Sybill, a modern-day witch who has a tiny problem. You see, she’s a few centuries old, and it’s starting to show. But no self-respecting witch wants to look in the mirror and discover she’s no longer the fairest of them all. Varicose veins and wrinkles? Like the best of the Kardasians, Sybill’s ready to kill to wish them away. Using her drug-addled, porn-watching minion Todd as bait.

Up until now, the standard spells have done the trick: kidnapping young adults and using their blood as that secret ingredient in her potions. But when the blood of Sybill’s latest victim (aptly named Candi) lasts for only one night, Sybill turns to technology. Luring a Thai delivery boy to the apartment, she and Todd sacrifice the teen and wire him to a laptop. The Plan: to transfer Sybill’s soul to the net. She may never again be the beauty she once was, but she’ll never get older, either.

But when witches and modems cross paths, the results can be unpredictable. Will Sybill reach Matrix nirvana? Or wreak a calamity of LawnMover Man proportions…?

A fun (and funny) romp through the world of witchcraft and wires, The Magick in the Machine is sure to be an audience favorite at film festivals. Cast a spell on this script, before it gets away!

About the writer: A versatile writer in several genres, Janet G. Clarke has placed SF for features in Page, and specializes in unique characters and intelligent plots. Having recently wrapped her first mainstream spec, and optioned her feature length horror “Containment”, Janet has 10 additional feature lengths in her roster, and a variety of shorts. She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” Yahoo. A full listing of her scripts can be viewed at http://www.philclarkejr.com/jec.html.

Pages: 10

Cost: Very affordable. Two interior locations – a bedroom and a living room. Minimal FX (though lots of blood.) And choice roles for a male and two female actors (young and old Sybill).

About the reviewer: Scott Merrow co-writes screenplays with his wife Paula. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy… the whole nine yards. Wanna give them a shout out? They’re available at scott-paula “AT” comcast.net

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

FOR YET MORE SCRIPTS AVAILABLE FOR PRODUCTION:

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OR THE BLOG VERSION OF STS HERE.

All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.

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