Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

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: 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: 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: Out Of The Future

Logline: A man from the future uses the power of an alien artifact to travel back in time to try to kill Adolf Hitler, and finds himself at odds with a Nazi soldier with an interest in the occult.

Synopsis: A dark past may turn into a darker future when Tyler Spare, a man from the future with psychic powers, travels back in time to attempt to kill Adolf Hitler. Tyler, a man out of time, must come to terms with the deeper reasons for his quest. He must also match wits with a Nazi soldier with a quest of his own, to locate an ancient book of magic, and awaken strange powers from unknown dimensions. When the book falls into Tyler's hands, however, it sparks a mystic revelation that shakes Tyler's foundations to the core, and dramatically alters the nature of his journey back in time. I would appreciate the opportunity to submit my screenplay for your review.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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?