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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

It has begun – Hustlers script For Your Consideration - post author Don

It’s been a late start with Scripts Studios are Posting for 2019 – 2020 Script Award Consideration. Once again, Richie Solomon has outclassed me and located the first publically available FYC script of the season. I highly recommend you follow Richie Solomon’s Screening page for the latest available For Your Consideration* (*For Informational Purposes Only).

We begin the award season (for script nuts) with …

Hustlers – April 19, 2019 Unpecified draft script by Lorene Scafaria (Based on the article “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler) – hosted by: STX Awards – in pdf format

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Monday, October 28, 2019

Packaging by Rob Barkan – Short Script Review (available for production) - post author LC

PACKAGING (6 page short horror script in pdf format) by Rob Barkan

A young couple’s stopover at an isolated mini-mart grows more mysterious-and-dangerous-with each passing minute.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Halloween… Tis the season to indulge in all things spooky, scary, spine-tingling, and out of this world.

Cue one essential horror trope that I’m a big fan of: The road trip gone wrong. Oh, the perils of being on the open road, off the beaten track and far far away from the safety of home. Flat tires, busted windscreens, an overheated engine? Those things are nothing compared to the terrors that can befall characters in horror movies.

Just look at the rather aptly titled: Wrong Turn; fill up the tank and stop off for a cuppa in The Vanishing, follow the mind bending puzzle of In Fear, hitch an ill-fated ride in Wolf Creek, or, if you dare, get out of the car and follow the trail of a demonic flesh eating creature to his lair in Jeepers Creepers.

Which leads us to: Taking a wrong turn, and the dreaded road trip pit-stop. Two things that should be avoided at all costs.

The characters in Packaging really should have heeded that advice and stayed in the car. But, a wayward GPS, the loss of cell-phone signal, and an ill-advised but much needed trip to the rest-room forces their hand. It’s a split-second decision that could lead to a detour to hell for one young man and his very pregnant wife.

Writer Rob Barkan, knows how to craft horror so subtle it creeps up on you, and then shocks you when you realize exactly what you’re looking at. With an opening scene of deftly choreographed visuals and an unsettling sense of foreboding and fear, if you’re anything like me you’ll at first be not quite sure what you’re looking at or what you’re afraid of… And then it’ll hit you. And you’ll just know, it ain’t going to end well.

We open on a close-up shot of a large spider spinning its web then segue seamlessly to a surreal scene in a parking lot:

A small, run-down mini-mart tucked against the flank of a dark mountainside. Shreds of fog settle over gas pumps. A row of parked cars and SUVs line the storefront,
lights on, engines (still) running.

In the distance … Headlights bathe the deserted highway. The purr of a Volvo’s engine as it pulls into the lot and parks next to the other vehicles.

Rob Barkan knows how to spin a yarn where nothing is as it first appears to be, where horror masquerades in the ordinary, where further inspection of the finer details reveals the true horrors that lie beneath – where two innocent characters are lured into a web of unsuspecting terror.

Filmmakers: Here’s your chance to take the right road, no detours along the way. Rob Barkan’s Packaging could be your big ticket out of town. Your ultimate destination: success.

Production: Cast of two adults – male & female early 20s. Mostly one location/one room cafe/store int & ext, plus minimal on-road footage. Some minor SFX, blood & gore.

About the Writer: Rob Barkan has been writing horror, fantasy and science fiction since the age of seven. He has placed several short tales in small press and online magazines like Lovecraft’s Weird Mysteries, Dark Planet and Strange Fire. A more extensive collection appeared on his award-winning Deathlife Gravesite. He has taken a deep plunge into screenplay writing for the past few years, totally enjoying mastering the art of visual writing. He recently scripted segments for a Hollywood director’s horror anthology project, showing a great ability working under time pressure to make required changes. His short scripts have all gotten favorable reviews.

Rob resides in the Arizona mountains with the three loves of his life: a beautiful poet-artist wife and two adorable poochies. He can be reached at robbybarkan (at) yahoo.com.

Read and talk about Packaging (6 page short horror script in pdf format) on the discussion board

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: L. Chambers has been writing all her life – especially in her head, and on scraps of paper. It’s only in the last few years she began to get serious about screen-writing. Prior to this she worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, and trained as a FAD. She currently works as a freelance web-content editor and lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Original Script Sunday for October 27th - post author Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page are thirty one original scripts for your reading pleasure.

– Don

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hocus Pocus screenplay - post author Don

Thanks to Jake for the heads up.

Hocus Pocus – May 13, 1992 draft script by Neil Cuthbert (based on a story by David Kirshchner and on a screenplay by Mick Garris and a screenplay by James Douglas Cox) – hosted by: Hocus Pocus – in pdf format

300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence…

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sean Elwood’s AfterLife AfterDeath available on Amazon! - post author Don

Sean Elwood has been a long time and major contributor to the screenwriting and SimplyScripts community. Never a fan of horror, Sean reintroduced me and taught me to appreciate some of the subtle nuances of the horror genre. Sean has just published his nineteen tales of horror and suspense available on Amazon*. You can also get more information about this and Sean’s other works on his website SeanElwoodArt.com

AfterLife AfterDeath: Stories for the Dark presents nineteen chilling tales that will creep beneath your skin and chill you to the bone, opening up some of the most primal feelings that every human being retains of death, darkness, and the fear of the unknown. Follow a man who returns to his childhood home after his mother’s suicide, only to discover something evil residing within it, and has been waiting for him to return; A dispatch operator receives a terrifying 911 call from a frantic woman who finds her entire family slaughtered; Three teens chasing an urban legend get more than they bargained for when the rumor ends up being true, and more than just a ghost story; A public channel broadcasts something strange to the residents of an apartment building, who begin to act even stranger; A horrific nightmare comes to life for a passenger on a plane traveling overseas. These stories will make you reconsider what truly lives in the darkest shadows of your home, and instill fears you thought you would never have. Turn the lights off!

Purchase Afterlife Afterdeath >

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Writers’ Choice from the October One Week Challenge is… - post author Don

Cold Blood (Writers’ Choice short, horror – pdf format) by Paul Knauer (PKCardinal) writing as Anonymous

A young woman is haunted by the history of her new home.

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Read the other scripts of the challenge.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Joker – How to find the 13 April 2018 ‘leaked’ screenplay - post author Don

Thanks to Mark for pointing out the obvious. Simply type into your favorite search engine, “JOKER an origin written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver” pdf and viola! A Googlewhack of a sort.

Joker – April 13, 2018 ‘leaked draft’ script by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver – hosted by: Google Search – in pdf format

In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: “The Joker”.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Hindenberg – 1974 screenplay - post author Don

Thanks, Jake, for the heads up on this blast from the past!

The Hindenberg – April 22, 1974 2nd draft script by Nelson Gidding (based on the book by Michael M. Mooney – hosted by: 0 – in pdf format

The Hindenburg is the pride of Nazi Germany, a dirigible with regular flights from Frankfurt to Lakehurst, New Jersey. When the Germans receive a warning that the Hindenburg will be destroyed by a bomb as it flies over New York City, they assign Luftwaffe Colonel Ritter to travel on the airship as its security officer. There are many passengers on board – a German countess, a circus clown, two card sharks and many others – and Ritter is kept busy keeping an eye on them as well as the crew. When they learn that the person who reported the threat is actually a self-styled psychic, there is some question as to whether they may be chasing shadows. Ritter soon learns otherwise.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Scripts of the Halloween One Week Challenge - post author Don

It’s close to midnight in a seemingly ordinary suburban home, and the annual Halloween party is over. But for this particular couple, the clean-up is only the beginning of their misfortune. For after the floors are swept and the last dish is washed, a new nightmare awaits.

A Scream is heard. It could be loud. It could be barely audible. But one thing is certain – it came from inside the house. Oh, another thing is certain, too…

Only one of them heard it.

Read the scripts of the October 2019 One Week Challenge

photo credit: PH Cook

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