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: 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: Hollywood Ending

Logline: Allow me to present Hollywood Ending, my low budget, fast-paced, reality screenplay about a corrupt agent, cold murder, and the quick deceptive world of the movie industry.

Synopsis: 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'd 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.homestead.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: Absent Presence

Logline: An average group of guys are brought together to patrol Alaska's vast expanse. Unknowingly they stumble onto a plot to destroy all the fuel reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Synopsis: A group of five average guys are brought together to patrol the roads of Alaska's vast expanse. They are officially known as Rural Game Wardens and typical days are spent trouncing around the woods handing out hunting violations and looking for poachers. Inadvertently, they stumble onto a plan devised by joint mafias and organizations from around the world to destroy all of the oil and fuel reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.(ANWR) If the plan comes to fruition the United States would most certainly be handcuffed by the third world oil producing countries and the prices they'd surely demand. It's a cat and mouse game across Alaska's unforgiving terrain and the story culminates in a place known as area 1002. The leader of the Wardens stops the plan but at a heavy cost. His girlfriend takes up with the only surviving bad guy and also finds herself pregnant. After recovering from the ordeal the Wardens decide to track them down before they strike again.

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: The Pico Village Volunteers

Logline: Fighting against fires. Fighting for their lives. It takes a Village.

Synopsis: It's not easy living in Pico Village. But losing the love of his life and only child to a fire is killing RODNEY GEORGE. Could a better funded, more dedicated fire department have saved them? Rodney has brooded over that question for two long years. But with more budget cuts looming, it's time to act. Selling all his worldly possessions, Rodney funds his own volunteer fire department. A chronic underachiever, a manic depressive, a single mother and his nephew, fresh out of prison round out the team. But how will Rodney react when he learns that the fire that killed his family was set on purpose? Plus, recent fires suggest that the ARSONIST is still on the loose. Rodney and the team must battle fires as well as personal demons to bring hope and serenity to an embattled city and to their own lives. I am submitting this original screenplay for your consideration. If interested, please contact me via email. Thank you for your time.

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: 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: Flying Dragons

Logline: Cycling Group that has a ghost rider with the help from others must find the reason why he is left behind.

Synopsis: Colonel Henderson and Javier retired from the Marine Corp. They formed up a road cycling group named Flying Dragons. The group in three years has 185 memebers with forty miles rides on Saturday and Sunday. The Colonel still has all the qualities of A Marine. Before each ride with his morning formation with all the details of the ride. Javier is a person that is creature of habit to be a routine that his Border Collie has learned for the last two years. Javier whom at the last intersection of the route gets killed by a speeding car. The group commenced back riding would continually keep this segment on each route. Javier is reverting back as ghost in his bed as on the morning of his accident. His dog helps out from waking him up. Assist him to the time he exits the garage door. With his sensor on his collar that operates the door. Javier is still riding with the group on each ride, but doesn't realize he is a ghost.