A vampire’s latest victim reminds him of who he once was.
There’s a ton of vampire scripts out there. A whole heck a’ lot of them. Shorts, features, novels – everything from The Vampire Lestat to the Lost Boys, to Twilight. Um. Forget I mentioned Twilight, okay? Seriously. That’s a movie that Shall Not Be Named.
Needless to say, it’s sometimes difficult to find anything that provides readers with a fresh take on this well explored genre. Yet, vampires are still so damned appealing. It’s that sexy, immortal thing they’ve got going on. Done right, vampire stories have such potential to illuminate interesting aspects of the human condition. And that’s why they’ll always be around… in one form or another.
Roly Poly is one vampire short that pulls it off.
The script follows the plight of Amy Santiago – an unfortunate woman who wakes up in an old barn, tied to a chair. Before her is Roly Poly, a large African American man (and a pretty good juggler), who she first takes to be simply a homicidal maniac. The truth is far worse. Roly’s a vampire. And she’s his next meal.
But before Roly can feed, he catches an interesting scent. Amy – it turns out – is a descendent of Roly’s first victim. The discovery throws the vampire for a loop. He reminisces about his life of slavery before becoming the monster he is… and what’s happened to his humanity since. He begins to recall what it was once like to be human; and considers letting Amy go…
Despite the genre, this script is unexpectly sweet. A hymn to humanity: the good – and bad. A Shriekfest finalist in 2009, it’s definitely worthy of inclusion in vampire lore.
About the writer: Phil Clarke, Jr. is a contest winning writer who has had feature films optioned, but no mainstream feature length productions as yet. Produced shorts of Phil’s have been featured at Cannes and Clermont Ferrand. More of his work is available at his website: www.philclarkejr.com. (IMDB Credits listed here.)
Expected Budget: Somewhat high, and not necessarily for a newbie. Yes, there are only two main protagonists (Roly Poly and Amy) – and one primary setting (the barn.) But the flashbacks do require additional characters; and a touch of historical accuracy.
Primary Genre: Horror/Vampire
Page Length: 20
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