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Sunday, April 5, 2020

… Later that day. Original Script Sunday for April 5th! - post author Don

Over on the Original Scripts page there are eight (!) original scripts for your reading pleasure.

I guess everyone is working on their scripts for the March 2020 Challenge which are due April 20th.

– Don

Sons & Broken Noses by Damien Aulsberry filmed - post author Don

We meet JAKE KELLY and SEAN BARRY, two bumbling wannabe bank robbers peeling down a lonely country road, one of them with a bullet wound sustained at the hand of the other. You guessed it, things have not gone according to plan. In fact they’ve gone quite a bit pear shaped.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Man In The Woods by Luke McCain – Short Script Review – available for production* - post author Michael Kospiah

THE MAN IN THE WOODS (8 page short horror script) by Luke McCain

Things take a truly terrifying turn when a man burying his wife in the woods crosses paths with a lost stranger.

Nothing good ever happens in the middle of the woods, at least not in horror movies. This couldn’t be any truer in Luke McCain’s chilling new short horror script, “The Man in the Woods”, which is currently available for production.

“The Man”, or at least one of them, in Luke’s story is William Hobsmire, a rugged, scraggly bearded 1800’s woodsman. The story takes place in the woods and this is, indeed, a horror story. So it’s safe to say that William is probably doing something he doesn’t want to get caught doing. In this case, burying his dead wife – who he does, at one point, admit to murdering.

After dumping his wife’s cold body into the makeshift grave, William soon finds out that getting away with murder isn’t so easy…

Suddenly, a voice from far in the distance calls out through the trees –

     (Far away)

William darts his eyes up towards the voice, alerted.

IN THE DISTANCE – A hazy figure: A MAN. He waves his hand in the air.

     (Far away)

William’s eyes dart back down to his dead wife. Then back to the man in the distance.

He see’s the man begin to walk towards him.

Their encounter is friendly enough at first, the man merely a lost traveler looking for a point into the right direction. But despite William’s efforts to cover things up, the man can’t help but sense something a little off, to say the least.

…Is that a grave?

William wipes a bead of sweat from his eye.

Ah – Indeed it is. You caught
me burying my dog. Due south
is that way.

The curious stranger continues to ask questions after noticing a pair of women’s boots near the makeshift grave:

Those are my wife’s. She’s
gone to pick a bouquet of flowers
for the headstone.

Your wife went to pick a
bouquet of flowers in the
woods… with bare feet?

Sensing that the lost stranger is onto him, William is left with no choice…

I’ll stop right there as to not spoil the story for you any further. But it’s at this point where things take a truly terrifying, unexpected turn. Why did William murder his wife? Who is this stranger really and where did he come from? You’ll have to read the rest of it yourself to find out. And trust me, you’ll have a great time doing it.

BUDGET: Shoe string. All you need is the woods, 4 actors and a little makeup. Costumes should be a piece of cake.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Luke McCain is a writer / director based in San Diego, California. He owns and operates Pure Cinema – a commercial production company working with brands such as Google, Netflix, NFL, Chevy and many more. As a writer and filmmaker, Luke’s style is influenced by art house horror, blending odd stories with visceral imagery. His films often find characters in morbid or distressed situations, unfolding with uniquely dark twists. Luke can be reached at luke (a)

Read: The Man In The Woods (8 page short horror script)

*This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

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About the Reviewer: Michael J. Kospiah is the award-winning screenwriter of critically acclaimed indie-thriller, The Suicide Theory (79% Rotten Tomatoes – available on Amazon Prime, Itunes, Google Play, etc) and 2020’s upcoming Aussie thriller, “Rage”. His horror feature, “They Never Left” is currently in development.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Original Script Sunday for March 29th - post author Don

Over on the Original Scripts page are eighteen scripts for your reading pleasure.

Stop by and read a script or maybe contibute your story to The Journal of the Plague Year.

There are three weeks left in the 7 Week Feature Challenge.

– Don

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dialled Up by Matthew Taylor – Short Script review (available for production) - post author Guest Reviewer

Dialled Up (7 page short horror script in pdf format) by Matthew Taylor

A grieving old man tries to hold off the bailiffs in order to answer one last call.

What would you do if you could go back in time? Would you right an old wrong? Go left where you once went right? Or maybe just take a moment to say I love you to someone who needs to hear it most. It’s a hard choice to make. Now, what if that same opportunity presented itself every single day?

Every single day. Same time. For 43 years.

That’s what happens with Frank, a man beaten down by life and on the verge of eviction. Perhaps he’s gone a touch mad, too, alone in that small apartment with the faded wallpaper and sickly green rotary phone. Yet, there’s one thing that keeps him waking up every day. A phone call he knows is going to come. A call he must take, and answer correctly. For if he answers incorrectly, his son dies. Again, and again.

Somehow, some way, that’s exactly the situation he’s in. The year is 1977 and an impatient Frank waits, anxious, wanting to know where his car has gone. But he knows the answer already. It’s Andy, his son. Always Andy, it seems. He took the car again, didn’t bother to ask permission, and now it’s getting on 3:00 and nary a peep has been heard.

That’s when the phone rings. That sickly green rotary phone you’ll see throughout this expertly crafted story. Frank’s anger boils to the surface as Andy tries to explain where he’s been. But Frank’s not having it. Not this time. He slams the phone down, maybe like he’s done a hundred times before. Beyond frustrated and so done.

If Frank had only known he would never see Andy alive again, he might have been inclined to take it a little easier on his son.

An accident has claimed Andy’s life, setting in motion a grim daily routine that will last for years and years. By some miracle that stretches the fabric of existence, Andy calls again nine days later. It’s the same call. He’s still late and he still has the car. At first Frank thinks it’s a sick joke, but as time goes by –call after call — he realizes it’s not. This is real. Somehow, it’s real.

Armed with that new knowledge, a curious question is asked…

What if he can stop it? What if Frank can save Andy’s life by saying something different this time? Telling him to make a left instead of a right. Or maybe just by saying I love you.

Maybe there’s a way. Besides, Frank only has the next 43 years to get it right.

Producer/Director: With Dialled Up, Matthew Taylor has crafted a powerful, easy to film 7 page story – one actor, one location, and enough emotion to fill the movie poster with laurels. It’s available to the right director. You can reach Matthew at Scripts.By.MT(a)

Read: Dialled Up (7 page short horror script in pdf format)

This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Dinah – by James Williams – Filmed - post author Don

Check out the multiple award winning short filmed by James Williams – jwent6699

Before Dinah Kent committed suicide, she left an innocent video on YouTube. If you’re heartless enough to dislike it, you will soon join her in the after life.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Original Script Sunday for March 22nd. - post author Don

Spring has sprung and over on the Original Scripts page are fourteen scripts for your reading pleasure.

Stop by and read a script or maybe contibute your story to The Journal of the Plague Year.

– Don

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Original Script Sunday - post author Don

There were eleven original scripts posted on the Unproduced Scripts page.

Please contribute your story to the Journal of the Plague Year.

– Don

Monday, March 9, 2020

Original Script Sunday - post author Don

Over on the Original, Unproduced Scripts page are eighteen original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

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