Submission Samples from the Horror Genre

Title: House of Screams

Logline: When her crisis pregnancy goes into crisis mode, a young woman ends up at the mercy of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a real-life criminal who brutally murders newborns.

Synopsis: Brenda is a young woman living with her boyfriend Sean when she finds out, to her chagrin, that she is pregnant. Brenda and Sean remain undecided on what to do with the baby, until a shocking detail emerges: the Sean is not the father! Sean refuses to raise the child and insists on Brenda having an abortion. Brenda sets up an appointment at Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic for the following day. Brenda dreams at terrifying nightmare about Gosnell, and decides she doesn't want to follow through, but Sean insists. At her appointment, Brenda is abandoned and gives birth to a living baby. She wanders the clinic with her baby, looking for help. She discovers Gosnell's murderous ways and tries to escape, but Gosnell catches her, sedates her into a stupor, and his assistant brutally murders the baby. Sean arrives at the clinic and takes Brenda to the hospital, where she regains consciousness asks the inevitable question: what happened to her baby?

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: 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.


Logline: Six friends sneak into a local spook alley the night before it opens, only to find that their evening of fun has turned into their worst nightmare.

Synopsis: The night before a local spook alley opens, three of its employees sneak back in for a fun night scaring their dates. Soon after entering, they find themselves trapped inside with no way out. Their evening of fun rapidly turns into their worst nightmare as they begin to die and disappear in the most freakish of manners. Their friendships are soon tested to the limits as they are forced to evaluate whether one of them is the killer, or if someone else is in the building, or if the spook alley itself is processed by evil spirits. With every effort to escape blocked, the survivors find themselves being driven deeper into the carnivalesque world of freakish insanity. Unable to tell what is real and what is counterfeit, they must trust and stay together...even if it kills them. WGA#-1011324

Title: Zombie, Esq.

Logline: Lawyers have finally evolved

Synopsis: A normal paralegal in a typical law office on an average day, Henry didn't think anything was strange when the lawyers threw boxes at her and screamed for raw meat. Even the bloodstained shirts and screaming secretaries didn't seem terribly unusual. And yes, it was a little odd that Edward John Johnson tried to eat her face, but he'd always been touchy-feely. Henry wasn't alarmed until she saw something so disturbing, so implausible, that she nearly became paralyzed with shock. The bloody, twitching lawyers, who had already eaten most of the support staff, were putting papers into files. Yes, she and the other survivors realized, this was the apocalypse, and they were going to be eaten by the swarm of lawyer zombies driven by their bloodlust to eat live flesh and reorganize files. Now, maybe, just maybe, if they can make it to the service elevator, an elevator the lawyers don't know exists because it is a functional part of the office, they can escape

Title: The Scary Kids Club

Logline: Five kids meet in a haunted cemetary at midnight, to tell scary stories - the teller of the least scary tale has to spend the night in a crypt. Unknown to them, they are being watched by two ghosts.

Synopsis: The Scary Kids Club, is about four boys and a tomboy girl, aged between twelve and fourteen years, who sneak out of their homes at midnight to meet up in a mausoleum in the local spooky cemetary. Each of them must tell a scary tale, and the one who tells the least frightening story must spend the night alone - locked up in the crypt. The leader of this macabre group, Randy, leads the meeting and bullies the other members. Mel, another member of the Club, has brought his nervous friend Charlie to the meeting to try to have him initiated into the club. Charlie has prepared a story about a person being trapped in a mausoleum and being attacked by skeletons - skeleton that gruesomely kill their victim. Unknown to the youngsters, they are being observed by two cemetary ghosts who do not like kids in general, and who take a particular dislike to Randy. After Charlie's story, Randy proclaims that Charlies tale is the least frightening and that he must sleep in the mausolem alone.

Title: Fear Will Find You

Logline: Fearless man will be taken to the limit when he finds an ancient evil in the heart of Africa.

Synopsis: Ryan is travelling through Africa with his girlfriend Lisa. Although he is a fearless young man, the ancient evil that they will find in the heart of the African savannas will take him to the limit. But he won't stop fighting in order to survive the horror. What he doesn't know, though, is that the force which pursues him is unstoppable as fear itself hunts him.

Title: Dead Awakening

Logline: A small town detective pursues the truth about the identities of a possible killer from the past and a possible terrorist in the present.

Synopsis: Revolutionizing the horror genre, Dead Awakening delves into America's fears of a small town terrorist strike while revealing the hidden threat that sleeps in our own homes. Detective Jim Costa races to save Shady Knoll from an Islamic sleepers cell's attempt to poison the water supply while trying to expose a sadistic killer preying on the town.

Title: House of Vampires

Logline: 90-pg. horror comedy. A Tourette-syndrome-in-reverse-wannabe metal star, his hot-yet-nerdy girlfriend, and his can't-get-laid history professor take shelter in an old farmhouse invaded by vampires.

Synopsis: Three-time Emmy winner Paul W. Cooper called "House of Vampires" a "roller coaster ride." Tom, a quirky-yet-charismatic college student who refuses to ever say the word "ass," confronts an over-grown bully for hurting Meena the beautiful book-loving woman he has a crush on. Tom grows a pair and takes Meena out for coffee, and they hit it off. On a field trip, Tom and Meena's bus is flipped over by thousands of bats in broad daylight, and the survivors, including them and their sex-repellant teacher Mr. Nice, reach a farmhouse in Hickville where they fight an invasion of fairly dense vampires. The vamps are led by Andreas, a mysterious surprisingly classy monster that seeks a cure for his own affliction and that may have a link with Tom's past. WGA Registration #: 1374021.

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