Submission Samples from the Horror Genre

Title: THE CURSED ISLAND

Logline: A curse by a pirate and a vampire from the future.

Synopsis: It's the year 1522 and the most feared pirate Estaban gets shot by his own women. He survives the hit and curses the women along with the Black pirates they run off with and the Island where they come from. The curse however, turns against himself. In the nearby future. At one of the vacation Islands in the Caribbean, vampires creep under the ground. Drug smugglers disappearing and after years the local gangsters finally know the truth... They really do exist. One of the vampires returns from the future in a space ship. With the technology from the future they capture people and copy them. The vampires must go to Saturn for the fuel they need and have their mind on the passengers of a Boeing 747.

Title: The Lake

Logline: A troubled young man goes on a weekend camping trip in the woods of Oregon. When he follows his nightmares deep into the woods, horrible things start to happen. Is he a killer or is any of it real?

Synopsis: Ben Marchant has recently had a mental breakdown. As the story begins, he is attempting to get his life back to a normal place with the help of his loving girlfriend, Alice. He goes to therapy and takes a regiment of medications to combat his anxieties. He has a recurring nightmare involving a little girl on a frozen lake. The nightmare makes him feel like his darker side is close and ready to come back out. Alice books a weekend of camping in the woods of Oregon with a group of friends to take Ben's mind off his problems. Once there, Ben is drawn to a frozen lake in the middle of the woods. The more obsessed he becomes with the lake, the further from reality he gets. And then horrible things start to happen. One by one, his friends and other campers are killed. Ben must figure out whether he is responsible for the deaths or if someone else is in the woods killing people which leads to a thrilling conclusion on the lake itself.

Title: BAKA

Logline: A battle of wills between the Trickster of the Voodoo gods and six teenagers, raging hormones and all.

Synopsis: When a possible stop on the underground railroad is slated for demolition, SIX TEENS are moved to action. If they can only find hard evidence of a slave presence in the old condemned house, maybe they can save the landmark. However, what they find leads them to the conclusion that this was instead a brutal slave trading post. But by that time, they have unwittingly unleashed the Voodoo spirit, BAKA. BAKA was originally summoned by the slaves to avenge them. But they soon found that BAKA is a master of deceipt. The teens must find this out for themselves before BAKA can trick one of them into releasing him from the house that binds his power. Trapped in the house, they must resist his temptation and endure his brutality. The nightmare would end if only one teen would release him. How long would it take for YOU to turn on your friends?

Title: Scorpions

Logline: A freelance covert operations team is hired to rescue a scientist from an earthquake-damaged research facility, only to discover they have become the unwitting test subjects for a new bioweapon.

Synopsis: After an earthquake damages an underground research laboratory, Glenn Wolf and his team of Black Ops mercenaries are hired to get in and escort Dr Emma Morgan to safety. Once inside however, they discover that they have been set up : the "rescue mission" is actually a field test for a new bioweapon - genetically engineered giant scorpions that have been released by the earthquake damage. Vastly outnumbered and virtually unarmed, as the power begins to fail and the monsters close in the mercenaries must try and get out of the complex before falling prey to the scorpions.

Title: A Haunted Imagination

Logline: Amidst a manhunt for a bloodthirsty killer, one detective must discover the twisted truth behind a real-life house of horrors.

Synopsis: Police Detective MARCUS JACKSON and his partner attempt to carry out a search warrant on the house stashing stolen emeralds. However, they discover the girlfriend of eccentric horror writer DANIEL GRIMM has been attacked and raped and the house ransacked. They encounter an old nemesis of Marcus, ANDREW WINSLOW, the killer of Marcus' brother. Marcus survives the attack, but his partner is murdered. It's personal. Marcus is let go of the job due to emotional distress as the NYPD is informed of Andrew's whereabouts: Daniel Grimm's mansion. Behind the captain's back, he goes anyway. The NYPD brings a task force and pursue the killer. As the SWAT team tries breaking in the eerie mansion, strange occurrences take place. Suddenly, by a supernatural force, the mansion opens up taking Marcus, the SWAT team leader and two police officers and traps them. As the crew has no other choice but to continue the hunt, they face a bigger threat come to life... Daniel Grimm's imagination.

Title: "The Doll"/"Effigy"

Logline: Things turn ugly when an affectionate father joins hands with an evil spirit in a Doll in a desperate bid to salvage his sagging career.

Synopsis: The story is about how after two gruesome deaths in her house, the life of a devoted mother and happy housewife falls apart when she realizes that the Doll she received as a gift on her anniversary contains an ancient evil summoned by her husband. It promises of infinite material wealth and happiness in exchange for a sacrifice. Now she must save her son from this demonic horror as her husband prepares to kill their only son for the ultimate sacrifice. rn

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: 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.

Title: The Night Train

Logline: On a cross-country train trip, a young journalism student encounters a vampire of terrifying power.

Synopsis: MATT WILKINS, a UCLA journalism major, embarks on a cross-country train trip from his home in Baltimore to Los Angeles, believing it could make an interesting story. He soon discovers that there is an extraordinary passenger on board: an ancient vampire that stalks and kills other passengers by night. Unable to convince anyone on the train of the grave danger they are in, Matt decides to go after the vampire himself. But even he cannot imagine the horror he is about to confront. WGAE #I61328.

Title: The Bonewalker

Logline: If you hear it...it's already too late. Run. Run like hell.

Synopsis: Gold was discovered in Bohemia Mountain in 1858. Mining camps sprang up throughout the area overnight. The largest was the Bohemia City Mining Town, which flourished until its inhabitants mysteriously vanished in 1942. In 2009 a group of historical conservationists began the Bohemia Mountain Restoration Committee. Their first official act was to restore Bohemia City, which is what brings fifteen ill-fated students to the mountain local Native Americans claim to be the hunting grounds of a Demon they call the Bonewalker. Facing all most certain death, the role of hero falls on the shoulders of Parker Everett, a sarcastic slacker who suffers from debilitating claustrophobia, when what begins as an ordinary fieldtrip turns into a fight for their lives as the students are hunted by the faster, stronger, and nearly indestructible Bonewalker. As the number of his fellow classmates dwindles, Parker must overcome his fear of tight spaces and fight off the earth's oldest living predator.