Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: REACT

Logline: React is an interactive sketch program in which actors play out various awkward and embarrassing situations, up to that most uncomfortable moment. WGAE 1248311

Synopsis: Eric and Denise are happily married with two children, and one on the way. One Saturday, after the two had been out shopping; Eric remembers that he forgot to pickup his dry cleaning. Denise decide's to stay in the car while he run's in. Eric couldn't ask for better timing, the dry cleaner's closes in ten minutes, and there's only one person in front of him, but this is no ordinary person. Standing in front of Eric is an extremely attractive woman. He quickly shoves his left hand into his pocket to conceal his wedding ring, and foolishly decide's to see if he's still got it. He doesn't have it. Having made a complete ass of himself; Eric pays for his clothing and heads for the door. Before exiting he peers through the storefront window and to his surprise, sees that his wife is now talking to the same woman he just ran off. Turns out the two know each other from the gym. Eric is terrified, the cleaner's is closing, and he has no way out. How are they going to REACT?