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Monday, October 3, 2016

First Kiss – Sold - post author Ingrid Short

Twisted, Freaky, One-Page HORROR ALERT!

Don’t hesitate with this one as it won’t be on the shelf long. This is an Anthony Cawood short and a one-pager to boot!

Anthony’s slick writing style lulls the reader into a false sense of security as he opens with two teenage siblings sitting in their bedroom at home, as they are wont to do, checking out the internet to learn stuff. It gets a little weird when we discover that they are brother and sister, and that the brother is actually checking out images and videos on how to kiss properly.

Don’t worry…………………………………………………………………………….. it gets weirder!

As the brother turns to his sister, pleased that he was correct all along – that people do use tongues when kissing – we discover that all is not well with his sister.

Ew. Just, ew. It made me shiver. It’s shockingly sick and done without any special effects, violence or anything overtly sexual. What sells this short to me is how subtly it’s done. The viewer is left to fill in the obvious gaps themselves.

This will be a breeze to film. Just two young actors. Indoors. Single location. With some good preparation, a small crew could film this in a day – maybe even during a break period while filming something else.

If this is something you can see yourself producing or directing, then contact the writer using his email on the front page of the script. You better be quick.

Review by Ingrid Short

4 Comments so far


October 3rd, 2016 at 2:40 pm

That is all kinds of messed up. I think it would be hard to get actors, tho. The parents would have to be cool with it and the kid would know that they wouldn’t be able to see the finished film until they are way older. You could film the kids separately to lessen the creep factor on them.


Ingrid Short
October 3rd, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Yes, perhaps a producer could make the siblings older… say 16. You could get 18-year-old actors to play them. Or perhaps even find 22-year-olds that look 14. A script is just a blueprint after all and, as far as blueprints go, this is a good one. People will not forget watching it in a hurry.



Mark Renshaw
October 4th, 2016 at 3:17 am

That’s so messed up, love it!

It’s tough to get something across so well in 1 page, well done Anthony, another belter from you there.


October 5th, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Ingrid – many thanks for the great review, much appreciated.

Thomas – Agree it might be a challenge but I think it’s do-able with older kids playing young and filming them in separate scenes, bringing it together in the edit… well hopefully đŸ˜‰

Mark – Many thanks, glad it worked for you!



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