Submission Samples from the Horror Genre

Title: Snails

Logline: And then, the snails came

Synopsis: The people of Morgan were told that the nuclear power plant was safe. That fears of radioactive contamination, and mutant monsters taking over their town, was the stuff of Hollywood "B" movies. And then, the snails came. Sixty feet high, these slimy monsters have an agenda more terrifying than just eating the town's people of Morgan. In their underground nest there are hundreds of snail eggs about to hatch. And the little darlings will be hungry. Snails is a wild horror thriller along the lines of TRIMMERS. It has strong characters, humor, romance, and of course, big monsters eating people. If you would like to be sent a copy of Snails for consideration, please contact me at siwriter@att.net. Thank you.

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: Dark Days

Logline: A man struggles to free humanity from enslavement by vampires.

Synopsis: The year is 2024, fourteen years after a vampire-led takeover of the earth has left most of humanity in ashes. All that remains is the Realm, a vampire kingdom wherein human beings are raised like livestock as "bloodslaves." Sam Taylor escapes from the most notorious of these bloodstock centers and flees across the Realm. After he meets Cap, a hardened old soldier, the two of them decide to try and bring an end to the vampire dominance. Their epic journey is more terrifying than either one of them could have imagined. I have studied film and screenwriting at Loyola University of New Orleans. One of my short scripts, "Splitsville," was produced earlier this year. Please let me know if I can send you DARK DAYS and thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Cameron Mitchell

Title: Prairie Bones

Logline: In this little haunted house on the prairie, family life isn't what it seems.

Synopsis: After losing three children, ETHAN and his pregnant wife, PEARL, are reduced to collecting Buffalo bones on a deserted prairie to survive. Settling the West in 1871 was tough, but worse when you add lies, ghosts and a deranged mind. Ethan tells Pearl he's going to work on the railroad. He arranges for his mother, GERTIE, to come and help deliver the new baby. He leaves in spite of Pearl's mental instability and Gertie arriving injured by an arrow. The injury turns deadly. Pearl is forced to walk through the wilderness for help. She gets to a neighbor's just as an Indian raid is in progress. After a horrific night hiding next to the bodies of a mother and teenage son, Pearl gives birth, alone among the dead. Meanwhile, the ghosts of Ethan and Pearl's children visit Gertie and their father with a warning. Then they go after Pearl. Ethan returns and must face his wife's insanity, the mysterious deaths of the children, and their shared guilt.

Title: Heartless

Logline: A transplant surgeon is killing children, but one mother, who communicates with the dead, is determined to stop him.

Synopsis: Julie has a gift. Dead people talk to her. When her six year old daughter dies after a heart transplant, spirits tell her the doctor is killing children for a profit. Julie is convinced, but nobody will believe her. She finds other mothers whose children have died at the hands of the same evil doctor, and they launch their own investigation. Eventually, they convince the police of the doctor's guilt and he has to flee. He ends up in Mexico, and at the hands of the spirits of the children he has killed, he meets a fate too horrible for words.

Title: Giggle

Logline: After being gruesomly murdered twenty years earlier, a serial killer clown returns from certain death to take revenge on the daughter of the deceased town sheriff who took his life.

Synopsis: Twenty years earlier in a small seaside town, a respected trauma surgeon, DR. GABNEY, who also performedas the town clown, is caught returning to the hospital at night and removing the organs from patients in their sleep leaving them to die. Sheriff TOM MAYER and Officer GORD get justice, shooting and burning the clown to his death, then taking his body to the isolated caves outside of town, burying him forever. Now, the clown returns to take bloody revenge on MAYGAN, daughter of the deceased Sheriff, and her high school friends. the clown tries to kill Maygan with a dirty shovel, but is saved by officer Gord. A year later, Maygan still lives with the trauma of that night, but has made new friends. The clown returns again killing everyone with what ever is at hand except Maygan and pal ANDY. After an attempt to kill the clown in the streets with a gun the clown pursues Maygan to the old hospital. She tries to hide but is cornered. Officer Gord finds Maygan and kills the clown forever.

Title: MOON OF BLOOD

Logline: Maclaren, a small town in Alaska, seems cursed when a supersized wolf from a military research unit nearby, escapes captivity in the deep of winter.

Synopsis: The citizens of Maclaren are horrified to learn that a well-loved homeless man and their Sheriff have been killed by a wild animal, and presume it is a grizzly. Little do they know that the Colonel from nearby Fort Adams is racing against the clock to protect them not only from a huge and vicious wolf, but also from a psychopathic soldier who has escaped from his prison cell at the Fort. The Colonel pulls out all the stops to contain the situation, but his targets have animal instinct and cunning and survive the harsh climate, and search operations, leaving a trail of blood and gore. Two Anchorage police officers are roped in to help with local police duties, but matters are already out of hand, and it seems that the local characters are in for a nightmare they never bargained for.

Title: X-Ray

Logline: A female rock climber falls into the world of a serial killer obsessed with x-raying and torturing young women.

Synopsis: NANCY THOMAS, 24, speed climbs a sheer cliff without the aid of ropes or gear. Using just her hands and feet she skillfully maneuvers around jutting boulders and impossibly angled walls. She's confident and strong until a problem with one of her legs stops her. Not far away, DAVID DENMEYER, 30s, x-rays a drugged woman in provocative poses, then himself entwined with her. Later, he forces the young victim to watch as he injects her with euthanasia. At the same time, Nancy receives the devastating medical news that she is never to climb again. Defying the diagnosis she heads out for what she hopes isn't her last climb. On the way her dog escapes and is hit by a truck. She takes it to the only animal clinic in an isolated coastal town. There, she meets veterinarian David Denmeyer. She's attracted to the charming doctor, until she discovers his deadly secret. In spite of her disability and doubt, she must use her wits and rock climbing skills to defeat him.

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: 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.