Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: Guardian

Logline: While working on his first book in years, a reclusive, mentally unstable graphic novelist ditches his medication and becomes caught in the crossfire between his two feuding main characters.

Synopsis: "Guardian" is a micro-budget script that punches well above its weight class. Written with economy in mind, "Guardian" takes place in one location: an old country home. Furthermore, the script requires only six speaking parts (two of which are very minor) and has only one scene requiring any extras. What "Guardian" lacks in big-budget conventions, it more than makes up for with rich subtext, a deft character-driven narrative, and a unique style that bridges grit and fantasy. After ditching his meds, Wyatt becomes caught in a vicious tug of war between his novel's swarthy, devil-may-care hero and its no-nonsense, all-business villain... and they aren't afraid of mixing things up. As he gets to know his characters and tries to resolve an appropriate ending to his incomplete series of novels, Wyatt realizes that both characters haven't turned out exactly as he had intended and becomes mired in the most difficult choice of his creative life: Which one will die in the final chapter?

Title: Schop Sect

Logline: Members of an intellectual club begin an unconventional sexual relationship and are drawn into an excalating plot to surreptitiously sterilize men.

Synopsis: Marinda is a single woman with an aversion to marriage and children, and also a member of the Schopenhauer wing of the Carinas. Rob is a divorced father with a nagging vendetta against Al Qaeda terrorists. Both are members of the Black Band, a secret subgroup for single Carinas looking for safe sexual relationships. Like Schopenhauer, the Black Band discourages procreation but more assertively, requiring each male member to undergo a vasectomy. Through the Black Band, Rob and Marinda begin a relationship and Marinda applies a unique strategy to ensure the relationship's endurance. Meanwhile, more extreme members of the Schopenhauer wing devise a plan to secretly sterilize infant males. But they later abandon their plot when the sterilizing chemical proves to cause cancer. Except one member, an angry anti-Jihadist, conspires to continue the project, with plans to apply the lethal procedure to Muslim infants. Rob and Marinda discover and confront this Muslim maternity threat.

Title: Mask of Sanity

Logline: Baffled cops ask prominent psychiatrist for help with bizarre murders. As the clues are unraveled, the psychiatrist struggles with his abusive past, and a stunning deception is revealed.

Synopsis: Dr. Dillon Pierce, an expert criminal psychiatrist, is asked by the baffled police to assist in identifying the killer in a series of similar murders. In the course of the investigation, Dillon has to struggle with his own past emotional experiences, the deaths of his parents, and the fates of his two sisters. The police, too, have their struggles with balancing the demands of their professional lives with their families. The search for the mysterious cause of death, stumps the police, until a creative detective, and a dedicated coroner start to unravel it. The murderer is unmasked and a stunning deception is revealed.

Title: The Inheritance

Logline: The richest man in the state has just died unbeknown to his family his illegitimate son who is bi-racial is summoned to the reading of his last will and testament

Synopsis: Ronald Roy Harris struggles to keep his family fed.Unknown to him his biological father Clyde Clyde Bordermaker is the richest man in the state.Mr Bordermaker is found dead in his home from what seem to be complications of an illness he suffered from for months.Ronald Roy is summoned to the reading of Mr. Bordermakers last will and testament by the family lawyer where he encounters Mr.Bordermakers wife, son, daughter and brother Ezra Bordermaker who knows nothing about Ronald.The family is shocked by Ronalds' presence.Ezra is livid of this unwelcome situation.Ronald inherits one hundred million dollars and for hotels from his astranged father due to a promise made to Ronalds mother years ago by Clyde Bordermaker. Ezra Bordermaker in a very irate mood during the reading vows to kill everyone in Ronalds family.Did Clyde Bordermaker die from his illness or was there a plot to inherit his riches. Take a journey of murder, attempted murder,kidnaping and terrorism due to the Inheritance

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: Unit Nine

Logline: Doug's internship in a mental hospital, forces him to confront the darkly humorous world of mental illness, the deaths of his family, and the identity of Sunshine, a psychotic patient.

Synopsis: As Doug's internship begins, he treats Hilda who has "too much personality," Sunshine, identity unknown, and a veteran who sees patriotic bugs. Doug meets Dr. Yocum, the cold authoritative hospital director, Nurse Byrnes who tries to keep order in the midst of madness, and Dr. Sheldon Holmes Erskine, who fancies himself as Sherlock Homes. As Doug treats Sunshine, she flicks a wad of paper back at him, and he knows she can communicate. He romances Lindi, his attractive neighbor, but Doug's boyfriend from college shows up, and Doug tries to work through his confusion with his own sexual preferences. His work with Sunshine is inexplicably shut down by the hospital director, Doug is taken prisoner, tortured, but inadvertently rescued by Dr. Erskine, bumbling around in his search for his mortal enemy, Dr. Moriarty. In the trial that follows, Sunshine's identity is revealed, and the persons responsible for the deaths of Doug's family are brought to justice.

Title: Bankerupt

Logline: a suspensful and comedy of a group of guys who develope a scam with the banks to transform them selfs from poor slums to millionairs but illeagally and legally.

Synopsis: The idea of the movie is to have a group of boys that grown up together living in the slums. One day one of their buddies buys a car but later gets stolen leaving him to subdo to bankrupty. After the friends notice that all debts have been removed from his bankrupty. They all decide to devise a plan to apply for as many credit card as they can to only max them out. After studying the law of this act they all relieze that they must accomplish this in less then 30 days before drawing any attention. After maxing out all credit cards they would then sell all the items that were purchased from these card to one of the buddies for a dollar before filling for bankrupty. After filing the banks would send there REPO's out to collect there item but all items are no longe

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.

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: THE SECOND COMING

Logline: The year is 2112. On a cold winter night at exactly ten pm, every computer on the planet recieves the same mysterious email. It simply reads, I AM COMING! There is no listed sender.

Synopsis: The Second Coming is a techno-spiritual thrill-ride. Fast forward to the year 2112. The world is spiraling out of control; war, pestilence,natural disasters and terrorist plots are occuring with greater and greater frequency. When a simple yet mysterious email suddenly appears on every single computer around the globe, the world is quick to react. Some believe the email to be diretly from the hand of God, others think it is part of a world-wide terrorist conspiracy. The Whitehouse and the Vatican both beileve it to be nothing more than a computer virus and a hoax. Only two people know the truth; Father Daniel Harper, a discredited Vatican scholar and recovering alcholic, and Sohala Naruzi, a highly reguarded Inspector with Scotland Yard, and deep-cover Al-Qaeda operative. The arrival of this mysterious email sets in motion a race between the two, a race against time and against each other, with only the future of the world at stake beyond the finish-line.