Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: SWAY (a Scriptapalooza finalist!)

Logline: After falling under the spell of a charismatic radical, a happily married woman must survive a brutal cult indoctrination and keep her grip on reality or she may never see her family again.

Synopsis: MITCH and ELLEN are a happily married couple who think they have everything; a beautiful home, great friends and a darling new baby boy. But Ellen's past makes her secretly worry she's not good enough for her husband-- maybe even her life. On a rare night out together at a party, Ellen has a chance meeting in the hallway with JONAS, a passionate and charming young radical with a piercing gaze and an eerie ability to read her inner most fears. But what seems like a profound connection entangles her family in the web of this charismatic man when Ellen is kidnapped and forced to live under the brutal rule of Jonas's "family." Battling to keep her grip on reality, Ellen must survive her "reeducation" while Mitch struggles to find a clue that will lead him to his wife before all is lost. Inspired by the stories of Elizibeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, I wrote Sway because I am riveted by what their experiences reveal about human nature and couldn't wait to explore this in film!

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: JAVIER LAST RIDE

Logline: Road cycling group that has a ghost rider, they must discover why Javier is left behind. WGAW# 1421967

Synopsis: Colonel Henderson and Javier retired from the Marines. They assembled a road cycling group named the Flying Dragons. The group in three years has 185 members with forty miles rides on Saturday and Sunday. Javier, whom at the last intersection of the route, gets killed by a speeding car. The group commences to ride once again, on the second week after he was killed. Javier is reverting as a ghost back in his bed as on the morning of his accident. He has no memory of the previous ride and doesn't realize that he is a ghost. Flying Dragons can sense his presence, by the flicking of the street lights and buzzards which are encircling. The Flying Dragons is planning an intervention with the help of Doctor Greenberg and the Ghost Seeker. They must have limited interaction with Javer not to frighten him away. They must keep the cycle of events, led him into the light, before designate time runs out.

Title: MAGDALENA - RISE OF THE INDIGO CHILDREN

Logline: It is the dawning of a New Age. Human evolution has taken on a drastic and exciting new form.

Synopsis: Eleven year old MAGDALENA is a child prodigy and the leader of a phenomenon known as THE INDIGO CHILDREN. Having been born with a Three Strand DNA these children find themselves with the ability to transform from human form to spirit at will. MAGDALENA, the daughter of ANGELA MARTIN, a Jewish immigrant finds herself in her mothers home country of Israel to meet with other INDIGO CHILDREN. While there she discovers a chest hidden for two thousand years in her grandmother's Cafe in Jerusalem. What's found in the chest turns the world upside down. In an exciting sub-plot, MAGDALENA discovers her grandfather, MORTICHAI RAPTOMOV is involved in a secret underground society whose main purpose is to undermine any efforts at true peace between Israel and the Palestinians. While they put a plan in place to draw the entire Middle East into a Nuclear showdown, THE INDIGO CHLDREN unite to save the world from complete annihilation.

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: Sleeper Cell

Logline: When retiring New York City Detective, LOU ROBERTS, is interrupted by a terrorist organization that has infiltrated the United States, he will stop at nothing to save millions from this grim fate.

Synopsis: LOU ROBERTS a retiring NYPD Detective is faced with the reality a terrorist network that is stems closer to home then we think. While the middle eastern countries have pledged there first born child in the fight against the United States, what they don't realized is where the head cell lies. In a front to maintain patriotism, The President of the United States born a foreigner, raised a political deviant has come into power at the height of his careers, and he has pledged to destroy the United States at all cost. It has become Lou's mission to find this out the hard way and save the country from it current course of disaster. We wonder about the conspiracies that revolve around our country and the "what if" factor that plagues our current political condition. Lou brings to light the true heart of a believer in a country lost to its own greed. The President meets his demise, at the hands of one of his own cells, confirming the gut feeling that Lou had along.

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: Encroachment

Logline: Mick Jackson, star high school athlete, discovers his perfect life is based on a series of lies that could prove deadly to everyone close to him.

Synopsis: Mick Jackson, star high school athlete, discovers he is a pawn in a deadly government experiment. In order to survive he must be willing to kill everyone he has ever loved. I have studied creative writing for two years at Louisiana State University and screenwriting for two years at Louisiana Film Industry. I have written four screenplays and one novel. I would like to submit this screenplay for your consideration and can be contacted as listed below. WGA1367799 Thank you.

Title: Alias Johnny Dark

Logline: An investigative reporter decides to help a mental patient. As he starts to uncover the truth someone is trying to stop him. It becomes clear that his life is in danger.

Synopsis: Investigative reporter Deuce Denton works for a major New York paper. He hasn't had a case for some time and then a letter arrives.It is from a man being held in a mental institution. He pleads for Denton's help claiming to have amnesia. The man calls himself Johnny Dark. Denton is skeptical but the letter is compelling so he decides to go forward. The doctors and the police tell him that Johnny Dark (real name Art Jamieson) has committed a brutal attack on an innocent victim. Denton's search to uncover the truth leads him to the west coast and also into the sinister side of the thoroughbred horse racing world. As he gets closer to the truth it becomes obvious that someone is trying to stop him. When the victim dies and the heat turns up, he get beaten up out west and assaulted in an alley in New York. If his plan to expose the killer goes wrong he will surely be killed.

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?