Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: Matthew 18

Logline: Paul Goldsmith, searches for redemption and salvation while trying to help a troubled young man overcome the events which surround his father's death and reunite him with his family and former love.

Synopsis: "Matthew 18" is a stunning story which combines the dramatic elements of redemption, spirituality, the binding love of family, and the supernatural. The encouraging message of this story is that anyone can be redeemed of their prior transgressions through the love of God and family. In Matthew 18, Jeff Gray is the prime suspect for the murder of his father. However, he is left in a state of post traumatic shock and detained in a mental hospital. To aid Jeff in regaining his coherency of thought and determining the cause of the father's death, a mysterious and heroic psychotherapist, Paul Goldsmith, is called in to help. Paul has a shocking secret that connects him to Jeff's spirit, and he is driven by a passage in the Bible on redemption: Matthew 18. "Matthew 18" is a compelling look at how Paul searches for redemption and salvation while trying to help a young man overcome the events which surround his father's death and reunite him with his family and former love interest.

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: A Silent Cry

Logline: Justin Turner a wealthy and well respected psychologist suffers amnesia after saving a woman from abduction. He struggles to piece together the truths of his life.

Synopsis: In this gripping story Justin Turner rescues Sharon Visser from an attempted abduction that leaves Justin with amnesia and Sharon by his side racked with guilt. A growing attraction develops between the two as Justin tries to discover his identity. Through a series of voice recordings Justin senses a coldness behind his past raising the question of why he, a man of thirty-four years has always been alone? With the introduction of mysterious characters Justin puts together the pieces of a complex puzzle; a journey that has him chasing a serial rapist and questioning his sexuality. The mystery unravels itself in one confronting and emotional finale. A dramatic twist few will foresee. AWG Registration Number 9085 Please respond to enzodi@bigpond.com Sincerely, Vincenzo Di Dio

Title: Martydom

Logline: The time when the Roman Empire is arising is a tme when the Catholic church is becoming known.

Synopsis: During the reign of the Roman Empire, a group of missionaries are making their way through the Roman Empire on a journey to Rome, spreading christianity. On this journey, these men are risking their lives from the persecution and captivity of the Roman Authorities that are held against them for defying the worship of the Roman Emperor. Soldiers of Rome become determined to find them. As crowds of people are praising the Emperor, these men become more of a threat to the Roman Empire as they continue their way through to Rome and government temples begin to be burning down. One young man of the church decides to leave the rest of them to go out on his own. We follow through his path to where he finds love, friends, and riches and onto his struggle to find his way that is meant for him.

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: 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.

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: DEAD AT 11

Logline: Is reality real? The Cape's only anchorman needs to know, as a bullet blasts past Ted Kennedy's head and splatters the brain of a reporter. Can Matt's screenplay...DEAD AT 11...be playing out?

Synopsis: Anchorman Matt Nelson has been on Cape Cod longer than he planned, but it's such a great place to raise a family. He's been contemplating a screenplay for years called, DEAD AT 11, figuring he can make the big bucks writing for the big screen. The central scene is a line of TV crews setup at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester waiting for Senator Ted Kennedy to announce his retirement. Kennedy is to be live at the top of the 11 o'clock news. A shot rings out. It justs misses Kennedy and splatters the brain of a Channel 5 reporter all over his camera lens. The assumpion is it was meant for Ted. Kennedy is rushed off, as the cameras turn their focus to the downed reporter. In downtown Boston, the Channel 5 newsroom is in chaos. When another reporter is gunned down in Providence, all bets are off. Nelson is sent to cover Kennedy's actual retirement, and Matt's mind is blown as his screenplay unfolds right in front of him. Reality gets hazier as the killer and his bond to Matt unfolds.

Title: The Unexpected

Logline: Two teenage sisters Chiffon and Sandra considers their best friend Denise their third sister until she gets out of an abusive relationship and begins secretly dating their father Roger.

Synopsis: Denise always liked older guys, but could never find the right one. Roger has been in an on and off relationship with Kia, a college student. After Roger and Denise fall for one another, all hell breaks loose. More hell breaks loose when Denise's single father Tony finds out. Roger and Denise finds themselves in a stalemate between their relationship and those closest to them. In 2010 this script was entered in the Script Pimp Contest, Big Break Final Draft Contest, Silver Screen Writing Competition, and Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival where it placed in the top 15 (Semi-Finals). I hope to hear from you soon. Have a blessed day.

Title: Sell Out

Logline: A brilliant young doctor and an earnest FBI agent uncover a conspiracy to market a miraculous muscle growing drug that is really a slow killer.

Synopsis: In Super Bowl XLII, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants behind the play of their MVP linebacker, Crandic Hayes. Two days later, the superstar is rushed to the ER in acute kidney failure and pulmonary edema. Dr. RENEE BRANDIMARTE saves his life but when Hayes dies mysteriously, she's accused of malpractice and thrown out of the hospital. Then Renee's mentor, Dr. Wie Lin, is killed and the murderer plants the gun in her apartment to frame her. Renee becomes a fugitive and is tracked by FBI agent, HARRISON TYLER, who suspects she's innocent. Together, and with the help of Haye's teammates, they uncover a conspiracy that began fifteen years ago in China and leads to the Director of the FBI and the head of the Intelligence Committee in the U.S. Senate. They are betrayed and Renee is kidnapped and Harrison is shot. They escape and trap the Director and Senator. In a final courtroom scene, Renee is vindicated. Renee and Harrison are heroes and very much in love.