Submission Samples from the Mystery Genre

Title: SWORD

Logline: An innocent photojournalist witnesses and photographs an assassination. He soon discovers a worldwide conspiracy. The CIA seems to be responsible. Death and danger follow him.

Synopsis: Having photographed the brutal assassination of a Middle Eastern family in Switzerland, Michael finds that the assassins are after him. They have killed two of his closest friends, and have kidnapped his sister and his girlfriend. He is befriended by a high tanking officer in the CIA who asks Michael to participate in the operation to bring the culprits to justice. The President of the United States has just been assassinated, and Michael is now being pursued by two different sets of people. He is running all throughout Europe trying to evade capture. The story just gets more complicated when Michael has a hard time distinguishing friend from foe. One thing becomes clear, however: The photographs he is holding are the key to exposing the whole plot, known as "SWORD". Someone is murdering Middle Eastern officials all over the world. Is it possible that the CIA could sanction such actions, or is there a loose cannon?

Title: CAMELOT'S COUSIN

Logline: A radio talk show host's life is in danger when he discovers the last explosive secret of the Cold War.

Synopsis: My name is David Stokes. I'm a Wall St. Journal bestselling author. I've written an espionage/mystery screenplay called CAMELOT'S COUSIN. It's based on one of my novels. When a dad tries to dig a hole in his Virginia yard to bury the remains of the family pet, he chances upon a mysterious briefcase containing a journal with cryptic writing. He turns to his friend, and boss, Templeton Davis, a popular national radio talk show host and best-selling author, for help. They realize that they've found materials concealed more than 60 years earlier by notorious Soviet espionage agent, Kim Philby. They also find clues to the last great secret of the Cold War. There was another highly placed and undetected spy. And he happened to also be one of John F. Kennedy's best friends. At a crucial moment, Templeton Davis develops a bond borne of necessity with a beautiful young woman from Russia, someone with secrets of her own.

Title: The Janissary Factor

Logline: Traditional Islamic terrorism and expansion by the sword takes an unique turn with a 200-year-old secret plot, infiltration and intimidation of a Christian Holy See headquartered in Muslim Turkey

Synopsis: A thriller with a multi-layered plot unfolds against an historical background and features a troubled seminary graduate from Chicago at a crossroads in his vocation. He is unwittingly thrown into a world of intrigue and danger, stumbling onto and foiling a calculated plan by a secret sect in Turkey targeting a longtime archenemy, Greece, a Christian Orthodox nation, through its faith. The ultimate goal of this real, arcane and ancient group is its mission to destroy the Christian legacy in Turkey undetected, then infiltrate the Orthodox religion globally. Next target: Catholics worldwide. His journey of self-discovery propels him into an unusual front of the on-going conflict between Islam and Christianity. The action is set against a backdrop of intimidation towards Christians and the Greek world's insistence their Holy See remain in ancestral land. The Janissary Factor is available in electronic or hard copy. I look forward to your response. Sincerely, Steven P. Stamatis

Title: The Lights

Logline: I'm not familiar with the term logline but this movie consist of animated snakes with real people playing the characters, a preview of my movie, the first two scenes is on youtube.com/bluecoatent901

Synopsis: This is a murder,mystery,my movie is about a girl who comes to memphis because of hurricane katrina, she meet a cop,she liked him, he took her to a secluded place where his other buddy officers were, they raped her and beat her up because she refused to do such things.They beat her and left her for dead but she didn't die, some people found her, got her help, now she's back for revenge killing the officers one by one. She use voo-doo to kill her victims, they see killer snakes coming to get them,either they kill themselves or the snakes will or some one else will. The lights is what trigger the reaction for them to see the snakes, the movie opens where she's killing her first victim,I filmed the first two scenes of the movie to shed some light on the script, check it out, youtube.com/bluecoatent901.I was hoping this would help me sell the script quicker and easier,thank you, screenplay by Leon Buttermilk Bonner.

Title: The Hit

Logline: A passionate chomping-at-the-bit priest struggles with murder and lust.

Synopsis: One night a week the Reel Salty Writers arrive. WALLY, mid 50's, aka FATHER PEKAN is the newest member of the writers group. CASH OOH, mid 40's the Director of The Holistic Learning Center heads up the group. FRANNIE BRAZIL, early 40's, a romance author, ALMONDO MAS, late 40's, an emergency room nurse with a dream, SHEILA SPANISH, late 20's, beauty salon operator and aspiring actress and PETER PINE, early 30's, a professional bowler and documentay filmaker. After a day of work and personal compromise they enter The Lodge Room of the local watering hole in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The Sportsmans Club with backpacks, satchels and notebooks. They bring life experiences, imagination and a sense of humor to the old oak table. Meanwhile, when a mysterious death is revisited by BOB COPPER, mid 60's, an investigator, a finger of suspicion points at Wally the creator of the murder scene in the collaboration of the award winning script.

Title: WHY?

Logline: Why did 16 year old Kayla suddenly become missing?

Synopsis: Mr. and Mrs. Shaw are devastated by their daughter's sudden disappearance. The police investigates family and friends. They discover that Kayla has been keeping secrets. Mr. Shaw continues conducting search parties to help locate her, while Mrs Shaw sinks into depression over her daughter. Lies and deception unfold as the truth is revealed. WHY did Kayla suddenly disappear? WHY is someone Not telling the truth? And WHY is the answers discovered by Mrs, Shaw 10 years later at her best friend's home?

Title: House Museum

Logline: A young girl discovers things, which belonged to her missing father and organizes a picnic for several families to go on mysterious place, where her father worked to find out what had really happened.

Synopsis: A young cheerful girl Tracy finds in the attic things, which belonged to her father, who disappeared in a mysterious way. Among them she finds a bunch of keys and a photo of an old building with an address. Tracy organizes a picnic for two friends and their families to the house museum to find out how to actually her father was gone. On the museum grounds, families meet a mysterious employee who agrees to give them a tour of the first three floors, which are the least danger, as each floor of the museum is the level of danger of the objects that are there.

Title: Bucceroni

Logline: Professor Richie Bucceroni (son of a departed hitman) finds love and murder in the mean streets of Brooklyn

Synopsis: When a slimy drug dealer is squeezed to death by a deadly poison, Bucceroni couldn't care less; it's good riddance to bad rubbish. Then, he learns he's next, so the professor must figure out the drug connection, or die. Helping him is a beautiful blonde with half a face who uses her silenced .22 when need be. Suspects include a gang--the Seoul Brothers--and its vicious leader Jimmy Fisheyes, a 6'4" transvestite named Bob, one horny professor who uses coeds as his personal sex garden, and another into a kinky brand of s and m; there's also Fat Harry, a pusher of pornography and pastrami. BUCCERONI races to a violent conclusion with a knockout of 2 Neo-Nazis, one gut-shooting of a creep, and one climatic bombing--a Bensonhurst solution: when in doubt, kill as many as you can. This film is an education in violence, a noir mystery of one man's struggle to find love and escape his fate. Serving as backdrop is the half-gentrified world of still dangerous, present-day Brooklyn.

Title: P.I.

Logline: A small-time detective is hired to investigate the sexual mutilation/murder of a Beverly Hills socialite who was not only the wife of his best friend, but his former lover.

Synopsis: Bloody footprints on elegant white carpet greet small-time private investigator Tom Hicks when he is called to the Beverly Hills home of his childhood friend Mike Hannigan. Tom finds him in the den, drunk and confused, and unable to understand his ramblings, Tom follows the trail upstairs to the master bedroom where he discovers the mutilated body of Mike's wife; murdered and posed to look like a sex game gone horribly wrong. Now in order to prove his friend's innocence - and his own - Tom must admit his affair with the victim and deal with the disturbing revelations about the love of his life as the case leads him deeper and deeper into a world of drugs and sex clubs.

Title: IN SEARCH OF

Logline: A college student abandon at birth by his mother is on a fact finding mission to locate his biological family is surprised at what he finds.

Synopsis: Christopher Miles has just return from visiting a friend in the Hospital that had a heart attack, concern about not knowing his own family medical history, he goes to a DNA clinic to get tested for at risk diseases, when afterwards he meets a myterious woman on the street who gives him the name of a man he looks like from her past and where she last saw him. He travels to Blacksburg Virginia, where he learns that the now deceaesed man had sex with myterious woman nine months before he was born. IF THIS PIQUED YOUR INTEREST I WILL LIKE TO SEND A COPY OF MY 114 PAGE, WGA REGISTERED SCREENPLAY FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.