Submission Samples from the Horror Genre

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: 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.

Title: The Diablo in the darkness

Logline: There has always been something out there, watching your evil ways, and now your soul has attracted something unimaginably evil!

Synopsis: There is a place that souls find themselves once they leave the afterlife, some souls may go up or down, but there is a middle, few will venture too, but there evil soul once entered has a chance to be saved and re enter the living world to do good, but not before their souls are un relentlessly cleansed. Story of 4 men: A "Deadly Gang Leader", "Molesting Priest", "Rapist/Killer" and a "Deadly - Suicide Bomber", all whose life's changed when they took innocence and made it into their own devious acts of vengeance. When each dies, their souls experience the cross roads of their horrific ways and enter into the middle world and its hellish fiery under layer, where they experience their greatest horrors and pain imaginable. Find out what happens in this controversial story of characters! Registration Number : 1513607

Title: MARSTON MOOR

Logline: I am an internationally published novelist and previous NYU creative writing professor: www.meetsophiepowell.com 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 (www.fbliterary.com). 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.

Title: Hands That Shed Innocent Blood

Logline: A terrified young woman struggles to understand her recurring nightmares that recall, reveal, and foreshadow the vicious murders of real children.

Synopsis: Since she was only eight years old, twenty-three year old Molly has been terrorized by nightmares of an evil man who dwells in a cabin in the woods, where he viciously murders unsuspecting children, at their parents' requests. Convinced that she is dreaming about something real; Molly feels compelled to understand these dreams, and stop these horrifying murders. As the nightmares continuously gain a stronger foothold on her conscious and subconscious thoughts, she begins to have hallucinations that make her question her own sanity. Nevertheless, she remains determined to go to any extreme necessary to break free from the emotional torment that has been haunting her for over fifteen years. This script has finished in ninth place in the national Writer's Digest 78th Annual Writer's Competition, in the television/movie script category which includes all genres. If you are interested in representing me, please contact me. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Title: Banker Boy

Logline: A disgruntled bank employee robs his bank and leaps into a taxicab to make his getaway only to be taken on a psychotic and murderous rampage by a serial killer who likes to play deadly games.

Synopsis: WREN RYDER, a young loan officer, is fed up with his tedious bank job. His broken down car needs repairs and he is tired of being broke. After years of loyal service, Wren asks for a raise and his boss blasts him with an emphatic "No!" Pushed to the brink, Wren stuffs his briefcase full of cash from the the vault and runs for it. He burst into a taxicab driven by RAY LANDING a pyschotic country boy on the loose, to make his getaway. Along their way, Ray pulls into a desert mini mart to fill the car with gas. He goes inside to pay or so it seems, instead he robs the store at gun point. An hour later, the police pull them over. Ray kills the officer with his .357 as he stands at the car window. Ray wallups Wren in the head leaving him unconscious, steals his money, and then sets him up to be arrested. Wren makes a deal to pay back the money he stole and catch Ray. Wren tracks down Ray at the horse track and takes revenge and finds out that crime really does pay.

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: 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.

Title: Closure

Logline: Where does evil begin and end? Where does madness begin and end? These are just two questions addressed in the ultimate low budget psychodrama about the psychic residue that evil leaves in its wake.

Synopsis: When Janine and Eddie Garner take on an old house for renovation, they also take on a legacy of evil. Janine starts to experience strange encounters of the eerie kind. These begin with strange voices interrupting a radio program, along with disturbing scenes superimposed on a television chat show. Then Janine's personality starts to take on temporary changes that leave both her and her husband puzzled and disturbed. A psychologist asks Janine whether she was subjected to sadistic treatment as a child. Janine says no. The psychologist explains that the kind of personality disorder these episodes suggest are almost invariably caused by being subjected to deliberate and regular sadistic treatment as a child. Janine begins to believe she is being contaminated by the evil left behind in the house they have bought. Then people begin turning up dead.

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.