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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Xolotl’s Curse – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - post author Pete Barry

Xolotl’s Curse (pdf format) by Chris Keaton

Some lessons are learned the hard way…

Ah. Lessons taught by the horror genre. No matter how often they splatter across the silver screen, so rarely are they taken to heart. Don’t go on that isolated camping trip with your friends. Don’t answer that phone call while babysitting. Don’t open the creaky closet door. Leave that creepy-ass looking doll alone.

And don’t play with artifacts hidden under your grandpa’s bed. Well, we guess some folks will never learn…

Case in point: Xolotl’s Curse.

Billy’s Grandpa is a foul-mouthed, misogynistic bully who constantly berates Billy’s mom and emasculates his dad. In other words, he’s your usual relative. Now he’s moving in. And he has secrets.

See, Grandpa’s an old archaeologist – pushing 100, although he doesn’t look a day over 75. He’s keeping an ancient Aztec box locked up in his room that may belong to Xolotl, god of the dead and bad luck. Billy tries again and again to get his hands on the box. But Grandpa is always one step ahead of him. But some secrets are better left buried…

Chris Keaton – an old hand at clever macabre stories – sets this tale of terror in the day-to-day life of suburbia, with a keen ear for the trash-talking dialogue between a 12-year old and an old man who may as well be squabbling kid brothers. Despite the topic, this script’s got a slow, subtle (and often funny) burn – building to a chilling conclusion.

What happens next? Well, we’re keeping this review short and sweet. No spoilers for you lazy folks out there. Crack this one open far before Halloween arrives, and savor its bloody twist for yourself.

Xolotl’s Curse. A perfect script for either a seasoned horror director or any up-and-coming filmmaker who wants to dabble in the genre.

Pages: 14

Budget: The script is light on the special effects budget, but you’ll want a good makeup artist who does their best work with some fake blood and a nail gun. Sets include one car scene and one house, and a multi-generational family of four – mom, dad, little Billy, and Grandpa.

About the writer: Chris Keaton is an Air Force veteran living with his family in sunny Arizona. He’s primarily a screenwriter, but he does love diving into prose. He has had several short screenplays produced and go on to win awards. He’s optioned a few features screenplays and currently has a thriller feature in post-production. A young-adult novel based on one of his screenplays is soon to be released. You can see some of his projects on his website, or follow him on Facebook at

About the reviewer: Pete Barry is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections. He’s also a cofounder of the Porch Room, a film and theater production company, website available at Please feel free to reach out to him with script requests at petebarry27 (a) Hotmail.

Read: Xolotl’s Curse (pdf format)

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

6 Comments so far


KP Mackie
October 24th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Love this original story! The title hints at a horror/super-natural bent, but it’s so much more…
A super-easy read. (Presentation is clean and professional.) It’s a modern-day story that’s riveting from beginning to end. Fabulous and funny dialog from interesting and memorable characters.

Someone smart needs to make this one! 🙂


Skip Byrd
October 18th, 2016 at 5:45 pm

I’ll become the first one to direct it.


October 18th, 2016 at 7:00 pm


You can reach out to Chris on his website to work out the details –



Skip Byrd
October 19th, 2016 at 1:36 am

I’ll hopely turn it into a feature film.


Chris Keaton
October 19th, 2016 at 8:07 am

Hey Skip, glad to see you’re interested in the script. How about you email me and I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.


Skip Byrd
October 19th, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Please, can you tell me. I have a film I’m working on called Nevertown.

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