A horror/satire about dog poop. Really.
GROSSOMETER ALERT – LEVEL ELEVEN – YOU HAVE BEEN DULY WARNED.
Some of you have read the title and already cringing. Others of you – the ones with a less eccletic vocabulary… well, consider yourselves blessed. For now.
In a world where torture porn films are the norm, it’s hard to shock an audience these days. Dismemberments. Exploding body parts. Grisly sexual assaults. And comedy is just as jaded. After American Pie (both flute and pie), The Hangover and the Bridesmaid vomit scenes… We’ve all become Comfortably Numb. You can’t reach us now.
Consider the bar raised. Once again.
The premise to Coprophagia is actually quite simple. Protag Jeff is your stereotypical good guy. He lives in the suburbs, has the hots for his neighbor Rachel, and owns a Golden Retriever named Buddy. He only has one little problem: Buddy’s taken to eating his own poop. (Quick note: this isn’t the horrible part. Anyone with dogs is used to charming acts like that.) Fortunately, Jeff’s vet prescribes a new medicine, and it works like a charm. Buddy stops chowing down, and Rachel agrees to come over for a home cooked meal. Jeff – however – finds himself experiencing certain… cravings. Ones that are becoming difficult to control. Will Jeff overcome his insane obsession? Or will his date with Rachel go to, uh, sh*t?
As gross as it is, Coprophagia (the script, as well as the act) is difficult to explain. It’s well written – and the story’s solid; with a satisfactory ending. (I won’t say it “explodes”. That would just be too childish.) When reading this one, it pays to bear in mind that this is a world where the Human Centipede did well, and even spawned a sequel. In the right hands, Coprophagia could be a gem of a dark horror comedy… one that your audience would *never* forget.
About the writer: Chris Shamburger was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival and finalist (Top 10) in 2013 for his recently-produced script, Hiccups. He was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Straight Twisted Horror Screenplay Contest and has been published in Twisted Dreams Magazine and Horror in Words. He lives in Marietta, GA with his partner and their Chow-mix rescue, Walter. Aside from writing, Chris has been teaching pre-kindergarten for the past five years. (Kind of explains a lot, doesn’t it?)
Budget: Moderate. Three main characters and a handful of supporting roles. A number of suburban settings: outdoors, a house interior, and a vet’s office. You’d have to do a bit of animal wrangling in this one, but nothing that requires “tricks”. As for the FX? Well, you’re on your own when it comes to props….
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