Submission Samples from the Horror Genre


Logline: A small, isolated southern town is torn apart when a dead boy is resurrected during funeral services.

Synopsis: Dearest Agent, I am writing to you from deep within an underground bunker to gauge interest in representing me and my new feature-length screenplay AMERICAN HUNGER. It is a period zombie horror screenplay dealing with issues of racism and religion. Readers for FirstGlance International Film Festival (I was a finalist in 2009), have said of my work, "It is highly imaginative, funny, exciting, thought-provoking... All the good stuff" (their words, not mine). Another reviewer under the employ of BlueCat Screenplay Competition claimed, "One of the most unique and original pieces a reader can ever come across. Its imagination knows no bounds." Please let me know if you're interested in having a look. Thank you. Your Brother in Arms, Victor de Oliveira

Title: The Mirror of Souls

Logline: Detectives Hawkins and Williams scale on the path of terror in order to save a family's bloodline from a demonic shape shifter that's released from a mystical dimension called "Damnation."

Synopsis: The Mirror of souls Detectives Hawkins and Williams experience in solving super natural cases are investigating a series of bizarre and grizzly murders that involves mysterious super natural force. The killer leaves a strange encryption of symbols on the walls, written in blood in the first language ever known to mankind. The victims are murdered in graphic matter where their bodies have been absorbed of its internal orgasm. The chain of evidence leads the detectives to a wealthy art dealer who purchases a five-thousand year old mirror that contains an evil dark force which was released. Once release, it will seek to destroy the bloodline it's link to in order to become human. The detectives desperately search for the last surviving members to protect them from the creature's wrath. The detectives along with their comrades race against time as they lead the sinister force back to the mirror for the final confrontation.

Title: Zombie, Esq.

Logline: Lazy support staff? Protests of "it's Christmas" when a motion needs to be filed at midnight on Christmas Eve? Strange insistence of the need to take bathroom breaks?

Synopsis: End the drama, and believe the hype -- outsourcing to zombies can save you a good dollar-fifty a year, and end those civil action lawsuit threats. What can it hurt to test a technician who can work twenty-four hours a day and have no interest in money? Henry works as a paralegal for The Law Offices of Edward John Johnson, where she's the spawn of incompetence to the lawyers, and chum to the receptionist. Today, however, she's in luck - the lawyers are not quite themselves; after testing a zombie outsourcing company, the lawyers have now turned into drooly zombies with a taste for secretary. As the support staff begins to be eaten like a tartar buffet, Henry finally has a legitimate reason to stab the lawyers in the face. Sure, survival would be nice, but she gets to stab lawyers in the face. Zombie Esq. is a horror-comedy where it's the support staff's moral obligation to the world to kill their bosses. They're all lawyers, it's fine. Really.

Title: Unidentified

Logline: The discovery of a lifetime just may end their lives.

Synopsis: In UNIDENTIFIED, a sci-fi/horror blend, JAKE WHITAKER, takes a quick side-trip on the eve of his budding legal career to Galveston, Texas to meet his fiance GENA's family. What begins as a difficult time -- his unimpressed soon-to-be father-in-law, a treasure hunting hobbyist, invites Jake and AJ and FLINT, Gena's ex-boyfriend and brother, to join him in a hunt for sunken treasure -- turns unbelievable when they discover the find of the century, a UFO long submerged in the sea. As they squabble over ownership of the UFO, things turns deadly as the UFO's occupant, a vicious, voracious alien lurking inside, is unleashed. I'm a 'graduate' of David S. Freeman's Beyond Structure screenwriting course. Currently, I am awaiting production of my short, "Love Thy Neighbor," which finished in the top six percent out of 2600 in a screenwriting competition. If you wish to read my script, please contact me. Sincerely, Carson Cooper (317) 443-8229

Title: The Zombie Experiment

Logline: Zombies, having become the pets/slave labor of choice, are ready to take revenge upon their oppressors.

Synopsis: With the world's dog and cat population killed off by a deadly strain of swine flu, Zombies have become the pets of choice - and business has found they can be trained as cheap labor. The key to this is that they are kept under control by Earnie's Brain-Flavored Zombie Chow, which contains camirocrytin, the only substance able to do so. When the reluctants "re-purposed humans" develop a tolerance to the substance Zombies are ready to take revenge in a way that gives new meaning to the phrase, "take this job and shove it!"

Title: Survivng the Night

Logline: The undead have had it with humanity, and the Sleepy Little Town of San Angelo, Texas is going to be the final battlefield. SWAT Members Johnathan and Gennette Harder are the town's last hope.

Synopsis: The scene opens with the town showing thousands of people lying dead on the streets, but in this moment they didn't stay dead for long. This genetic mist of smoke transformed the dead into the Living Dead. Now the city has been overrun by Zombies except for the few survivors that have been out of the 3 mile range of the mist. These survivors were SWAT Team members, GENNETTE and JOHNATHAN HARDER, along with a few other survivors that were hiding out in an abandoned home along the streets of San Angelo, the leader of the survivors was LARRY HORSE, a banker who led the individual survivors to the abandon house and radioed for SWAT. The group arrives in several locations fighting off the hoardes of zombie after zombie leading to a stand off. Defending the only home they know the group of survivors throw everything they have to fend the invading flesh eaters and condemn them back to hell. In the end the group is led to the OTHER SIDE OF HELL, TX to question the chances of survival.

Title: Killer Worms

Logline: Sam Mendoza, who spent time in prison, returns to his roots to rekindle romance and start a new life, only to face a menace in the form of flesh eating worms.

Synopsis: WGA Registration Number: 1036868 Synopsis: After spending several years in prison for fraud, Sam Mendoza returns home to his roots to start over and rekindle a high school romance. On his first day back, he saves the life of a high school buddy, who in return, offers him a job working for his company. His neighbor,high school friend and deputy sheriff, investigates a homicide where the victim's flesh is eaten off through the bone. Mmutilated animals and another victim pop up at nearby farms, one of which raises earthworms. Little did he realize that the farmer was a government scientist who developed unconventional weaponry that has returned as an uncontrollable contagion threatening the citizens of a nearby town. Our heroes, Sam Mendoza, Deputy Bobby Brooks, and news anchor woman, Francis Lopez, break rules so that they can discover and find ways of stopping this impossible menace.

Title: The Companion

Logline: A reclusive spinster in a Martha's Vineyard mansion tries to escape the ghosts of her past by hiring a companion for her invalid brother who is supposedly confined to an upstairs bedroom.

Synopsis: Grand Prize Winner, 2007 Rhode Island International Film Festival Horror Screenwriting Competition. "Our judges especially liked the tense action of 'The Companion.' The gripping story - filled with isolation and suspense - was especially compelling to our screenplay contest readers." A lonely old woman attempts to flee her self-imposed exile by hiring a mysterious girl as an overnight companion for her brother, crippled by a horrific car crash when he was ten years old. The spinster's new found freedom ends in tragedy, doomed to failure by her deadly legacy. US Copyright TXu-365-094, 7/17/07 WGAE Registration #136563 Contact: Dickinson M. Upson Email: Phone/FAX: 508-252-3325

Title: Baghead

Logline: He spent years hiding his face behind a paper bag; now it's time to put everyone else in bags

Synopsis: Dear Sir or Madam: My writing partner, Wes Laurie, and myself are seeking representation. We are LA based screenwriters with more than 16 completed screenplays between us. Most recently a horror script by Wes, BAGHEAD, has been requested by three production companies. My romantic comedy screenplay FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE is currently the top rated script on Francis Ford Coppola's site, Zoetrope, and another script of mine was a top finalist in the ExposeIt! comedy screenwriting competition. Wes is an internet film news journalist and I'm a published, agented book author (children's books). We don't have time to market our scripts. We really need an ombudsman. If you or any of your agents are looking for motivated, prolific writers please contact me. I will send a query with loglines and synopses. Yours very truly, Mary Hahn Wes Laurie

Title: Inked in Blood

Logline: A young man with a tortured past discovers that you really can go home again. To kill.

Synopsis: Aesop Quarrels has returned to the town he ran away from as a young boy, with one thing on his mind. Revenge. Sheriff Edsall Quarrels was a cruel, ruthless and vindictive man on his best of days. After the birth of Aesop, his freakish Albino son, (his words), Edsall decided to sell his wife out to his friends for money, instead of killing her outright for birthing this abomination. Amidst the constant abuse, Aesop was forced to endure the sights and sounds of his mothers suffering at the hands of his fathers weekly poker buddies as they played out their deepest, darkest perversions behind closed doors. Inked in Blood starts mid thrust on this twisting trail of carnage that ultimately must lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering. One by one he will make them pay. And, among the wreckage of human flesh, Aesop will uncover a hidden family secret. * Winner of the 2014 Table Read My Screenplay Competition, Horror category.