Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: There Comes A Loud Knock

Logline: A happily married woman, curious about "no strings attached affairs" on the internet, is ensnared by a criminal pornography ring, with no good way out of the horror.

Synopsis: Liliane, a 43 year old teacher, is happily married with a loving husband. But she becomes curious about a website for married people seeking affairs on the side. Eventually she meets the perfect guy, Flynn. Increasingly uncomfortable she goes to a private party where Flynn drugs her. Unbeknownst to Liliane he films her having sex with two men. When she tries to end the affair he shows her the photos. Anything to end the horror she's ensnared again in another filming. Time passes, the nightmare is fading when Henry suffers a stroke. She lovingly cares for him. One evening she's watching TV and Henry's asleep in the bedroom, when there comes a loud knock. Flynn. Impervious to her pleas he flicks pictures of Liliane on her sleeping husband. She agrees to a last rendezvous. The next day in school, Liliane is pale and nervous. She's to meet him Flynn that night. Unhinged she would rather see Henry dead than expose him to her secret life.

Title: Illegal Capacity

Logline: An attorney revives his floundering criminal practice by turning in his former clients so they will rehire him.

Synopsis: Seth Thompson's law practice has taken a downturn. He commiserates with an old classmate, Jake, who mentions that his practice was also failing until he began turning in his clients so they would rehire him. Seth is shocked at this breach of ethics, but tries it himself in desperation. He tips police about drug sales at the home of a client convicted of possession a year earlier. The client is arrested and hires Seth to represent him again...for a stiff fee. Seth is hooked. He rifles through old files, inventing new crimes to report, and the money pours in. He and Jake become partners and move into a large suite. Things are going well until guilt overcomes Seth. He wants out of the scam, but Jake won't let it end quietly. Winner: Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute's Monthly Screenwriting Contest. (I have 12 scripts total, various genres.)

Title: The Note

Logline: In 1933 Howard Hughes recieves a letter from Al Capone, simply stating "Thanks for the Mythology." Regarding the film Scarface, that Hughes produced, now over seventy years later the note resurfaces.

Synopsis: Three main characters; a New York mob boss, a computer software billioniare and a Hip Hop mega star all bid for the last remaining piece of nostalgia that exists from Al Capone. These main characters will go to any lengths to obtain this "note" and hold onto it. Including kidnapping, murder, bribery,extorsion and deception. The viewer gets to see the path of the note as it bought by the billionaire at Christies in New York and then changes hands several times there after. As these three high profile individuals go down this dark path they start to loose touch with moralality and reality. As there egoes start to get in the way of each other,it begins to cloud their judgment and effect their lives in catastrophic ways. It is not until the shocking end that the puzzle is pieced together and the veiwer sees how far the main charachters will actually go to obtain this mere piece of paper.

Title: FOREVER

Logline: A high-powered business executive slips into dementia creating an alternate reality of strange locations, strange religion, power and lust. His ultimate destination becomes madness and murder.

Synopsis: Executive, Nicholas Sandarian, plagued by visions, pressured by work and relationships, decides to get away. On the plane an apparition appears, a beautiful woman. Disembarking he sees her. Countess Vadaszak, trophy wife of an ad hoc sovereign of a remote province. Nicholas is invited to their home, in Athelstan, a place frozen in time. Eccentric, Fitz Collingsworth, befriends Nicholas and teaches him the strange ways of Athelstan and the Counts power. Nicholas'changes the dynamic. Power is no longer the Count's. Peasant farmers begin to prosper. This brings a confrontation. Under the guise of a hunt, Nicholas and the Count stalk each other. Nicholas realizes his gun isn't loaded and flees into a garden maze. The Countess finds Nicholas but betrays him. Nicholas'firm carries on business as usual. The people he met in Athelstan are his colleagues. The journey occurred in his mind. Betrayals separate him from reality, leaving him insane.

Title: Another Hollywood Ending

Logline: Allow me to present "Another Hollywood Ending", a low-budget, fast paced screenplay about a struggling actor who believes he has caught a break, but instead unknowingly is cast in a reality show.

Synopsis: Another Hollywood Ending begins in an L.A. bar surrounded by cops where Johnny is planning his escape. The story takes you back days earlier, a time when Johnny actually thought he had caught his first break and was going to star in the movie "The Heist". The problem? His agent, Reggie, felt Johnny needed help in researching the role so he put him in touch with Rasheed, a psychotic bank robber. The research quickly turns into an actual bank robbery where a man is shot and the group flees to the bar. The story climaxes with the foursome in the bar. Rasheed is smoking blunts, Victory is singing Tina Turner songs, and Johnny is planning his escape. As planned by Rasheed, Johnny crashes through the doors expecting to hear gunfire, but instead gets the surprise of his life when he learns that he has been the star of a reality set all along. For more information on my writing please go to http://www.davidsgrant.com.

Title: The 30

Logline: Logline - After multiple policeman are gunned down, and a high profile criminal trial is dismissed, do to a dead witnesses, ten Philadelphia officers decide to take matters into their own hands.

Synopsis: Synopsis - The entire city of Philadelphia is in a state of panic stemming from drug violence. The murder rate is soaring toward a record high. Policemen are responding to calls only to be murdered in cold blood upon arrival on scene. And state witnesses, along with their families are being executed, in order to insure the absence of their testimony. Just when it seems as if the department and community are at its knees, ten policemen, are brought together by what at first, seems like coincidence and circumstance. Led by a rogue detective, these ten policemen construct a risky, but creative scheme to assassinate thirty high profile criminals, who are responsible for the majority of drug trafficking and murder, which has crippled the city. On Christmas Eve, they strike. Causing a media frenzy around the world, especially within the local government and law enforcement branches. As indictments are passed down, and a major Federal trial begins, an even larger and puzzling plot unfolds.

Title: THE WOODS

Logline: 1972. The death penalty is abolished and someone is killing young women in Northern Michigan. Someone else doesn't like that at all. NATURAL BORN KILLERS meets THE UNFORGIVEN.

Synopsis: The motivation behind THE WOODS was my own reaction to the violence in suspense and action films. I love it. I love, along with everyone else, the catharsis. Then it occurred to me that anyone who can kill a bunch of human beings without a shred of remorse and jump into bed with his/her love interest or go out and party with his/her (remaining) buddies is some form of sociopath. I think THE WOODS is a commercial story with very good catharsis and a very sympathetic hero but there is something more underlying the suspense and the action and a shocking twist at the end. Bio: I am a member of Garry Marshall's "core group" (his words). I did some story editing work on NEW YEAR'S EVE. I attended the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State. I have a degree in English literature. I also have another script ready to go. A Supernatural/Comedy/Buddy movie titled DARK TOWN. (THE LOST BOYS meets a combination of BAD BOYS and LETHAL WEAPON 3.)

Title: The Texas Sand Trap

Logline: After traveling to Port Aransas, Texas. A female professor from Denton, Texas learns mysteriously how Lyndon B. Johnson and his men set up the perfect crime to kill John F. Kennedy. Film set in 1961.

Synopsis: MARGARET retreats to the coast after two of her friends mysteriously die in a fire. A bad storm hits and from the cottage window, sees ELEANOR FIELDS, daughter of Senator WILLIAM H. FIELDS, running into the Gulf. MARGARET runs to save her but nearly drowns. ELEANOR revives her and later, reveals to her pieces of information about the fire. She runs away leaving MARGARET to ponder. MARGARET enters the Chamber and finds a photo of her friend who died standing next to Senator FIELDS and MAC WALLACE- a suspected murderer. In a store wine cellar, MARGARET notices a door left unlocked, reading FIELDS & ASSOC. A box reading-ASSASSINATION PLAN 1963 catches her eye. ELEANOR enters the cellar and is shocked to see MARGARET. ELEANOR notices the unlocked door and runs in and steals the tapes linking ED CLARK, and WALLACE'S plan to kill JFK. The two women conspire to set up FIELDS by disguising MARGARET as RFK's undercover man HARRY PARKER, ELEANOR'S lover, who was shot & never found.

Title: HAIR TRIGGER

Logline: Tension explodes in W. P. Crown

Synopsis: The mob movie that's never been made and the terrorist tale that hasn't been told, HAIR TRIGGER follows two rival capos, a US attorney and a CIA spook, all chasing a suitcase nuke disguised as a shipment of heroin in a pursuit that ends with a bang on Long Island Sound. To review the hardcopy script, reply with your postal address to crown77@earthlink.net.

Title: A Parallel World

Logline: An arrogant business woman realizes that her life is not what it seems when she finds herself coming the the aid of people she despised.

Synopsis: Susan Conway is a very arrogant but successful business woman. As part of her company's management obligations, she volunteers her time at a rehab facility in the inner-city of Chicago, Illinois. When one of the facilities most promising resident's turns up dead, she finds herself reaching out to his family. During a visit to the victim's home, she notices a photo sitting on a table. Realizing that the man in the photo is her husband, she questions the fiance and begins to uncover a trail of secrets. With the help of an unlikely source, she finds herself coming to the aid of some unsavory characters.