Submission Samples from the Horror Genre

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. If they are going to die, by god, they're going to take some lawyers with them.

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: The Surge

Logline: A disgraced, female, US soldier gets her team trapped in an old Arab castle in Afghanistan where she not only has to fight the terrorists trying to kill her but also the paranormal entities picking her team off one-by-one.

Synopsis: All Amanda Flinch wants to do is go home.rnrnAfter finishing her tour in Iraq in disgrace, she's called on to do one last mission to clear her name. She's to escort a group of mercenaries to capture a notorious terrorist in Afghanistan.rnrnTheir mission goes to hell, and Flinch and her team find themselves taking shelter in an old Arab castle -only to discover that mysterious forces are at work inside it. Doors appear and disappear. Walls move around. It's a living maze.rnrnWhen the terrorists breach the castle walls, Flinch and her squad are forced to go deeper and deeper into the dark castle. Not only does Flinch finds herself fighting the terrorists and the paranormal entities around her, but her team's lack of faith in her. Gruesomely, they are picked off one-by-one by the castle and the terrorists.rnrnIn the end, Flinch has to fight for her life against the very terrorist she was tasked to bring in. Unless the castle kills her first.

Title: The Bleachers

Logline: Six students spend the night in their school on the anniversary of a town legend - the birth of a hideously deformed beast called the Bleacher Creature.

Synopsis: Emory Chase, a popular, yet play-it-safe senior at Ozark High has known about the legend of the "Bleacher Creature" for years; heard it numerous times from her father who attended school there as well. But unlike most students who write it off as a silly urban legend, Emory believes there might be some truth to it. So when her friends decide to spend the night in the school on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the legend, she's more than a little apprehensive. But friends can be persuasive, and what the heck, it's her senior year - time to get a little crazy. It doesn't take Emory long to realize she should've trusted her instincts, because some legends are real, and this one will to kill to prove it.

Title: The Garden of Doom

Logline: A group of backpackers travel to an exotic Vietnamese river cave seeking a rumored Utopia only to find a cannibal cult run by an eccentric billionaire.

Synopsis: Traveling through Vietnam, a group of 20-something backpackers rescue a mysterious Englishman from getting mugged. He gifts them with a map to a rumored Utopian commune known as "The Garden" located in one of Vietnam's many jungle river caves. The backpackers find the commune and it's a veritable paradise with exposures to daylight, waterfalls, and a settlement. They meet its leader, a reclusive billionaire, and he accepts them into their community. The backpackers soon realize the Garden is in fact a cannibal cult intent on sacrificing them. They try to escape the Garden only to be imprisoned by the leader and his cultists. Two of them are sacrificed, but the others get free with the aid of one of the cultists they befriended. The survivors confront the leader and kill him, but not before he has his followers detonate the cave in a planned mass suicide. The remaining backpackers escape the cave by its roaring river with everything collapsing around them.

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: Tank Farm

Logline: When a strange vapor cloud envelopes a Refinery's Tank Farm and workers disappear under strange circumstances, the night shift crew must obliterate the evil entity before it destroys them all.

Synopsis: As asphalt pumper, Kevin Gustin and head operator for the Tank Farm Department, Walt Mullen report for the night shift, a bluish-green vapor cloud enters Earth's atmosphere and envelopes their workplace. Their co-workers at the Peedmont Refinery disappear under strange circumstances, and one, Steve Noon, is taken over by the evil entity. With Noon making their job immeasurably more difficult, Mullen, Gustin, and the surviving crew must obliterate the entity before it destroys them all. When the situation looks the bleakest and Walt Mullen may have become another victim, the exhausted Gustin must summon the strength to finish the job.


Logline: Snowmen come to life and attack teenagers at a cabin in the woods.

Synopsis: Seven teenagers: Jack, Brad, Jet, Qwan, Christie, Val, and Elizabeth party at a bar at: "The Grey Mountain Ski Resort". They then drive, in a Hummer, to a cabin in the woods. At night, around the fire, Brad tells the story of how the cabin they are staying at is haunted. Val, Christie's younger sister, finds old clothing in the attic. She runs outside and scares the whole group. She then puts the cloths on the five snowmen that they built.   The five snowmen come to life and start attacking the guys. The guys find a flame thrower and wound the snowmen. They decide to lure the snowmen away from the girls by taking off in the Hummer. The snowmen continue to attack the teenagers at various locations: a ski lodge, a chalet, the forest, and a spa. In the end almost all of the teenagers are killed except for Elizabeth and Jack. Elizabeth, with her operatic voice, kills off the snowmen on the mountain. Jack snow boards up to her and they kiss.


Logline: I am an internationally published novelist and previous NYU creative writing professor: Six young strangers. TRAPPED in an ENGLISH MANOR HOUSE and enslaved by the past.

Synopsis: Marston Moor is a horror thriller, based on a true historical mystery. Set in London and in an isolated GRAND MANOR HOUSE in the English Yorkshire MOORS, the film tracks the fates of six youths as they are ENTICED to a GLAMOROUS event at the manor house and then find themselves trapped inside, FIGHTING for their lives. A cross between What Did You Do Last Summer and The Wicker Man, or The Shining and Rosemary's Baby, Marston Moor explores the consequences of our GENEALOGICAL TIES and of the HISTORY of our family and nation. Particularly with the interest in British history and the lives of their upper class from successful shows and films such as The Tudors, Gosford Park and Downtown Abbey, this film has huge potential for success. My literary agent in New York is Faye Bender ( However, she does not represent screenplays. I am looking for screenplay representation. My first novel The Mushroom Man (Putnam Penguin) was translated into several languages.


Logline: Teenage boy suspects vampirism is running rampant through his small town.

Synopsis: DARK OF THE NIGHT is an atmospheric chiller about a teenage boy who suspects the beautiful girl who has moved into his small summer resort town is a vampire. As the populace of the town slowly begins to disappear, the teenager discovers that the truth is more terrifying than he could have ever imagined. I would describe it as SALEM'S LOT meets FRIGHT NIGHT.