Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: There Comes A Loud Knock

Logline: A happily married woman, curious about "no strings attached affairs" on the internet, is ensnared by a criminal pornography ring, with no good way out of the horror.

Synopsis: Liliane, a 43 year old teacher, is happily married with a loving husband. But she becomes curious about a website for married people seeking affairs on the side. Eventually she meets the perfect guy, Flynn. Increasingly uncomfortable she goes to a private party where Flynn drugs her. Unbeknownst to Liliane he films her having sex with two men. When she tries to end the affair he shows her the photos. Anything to end the horror she's ensnared again in another filming. Time passes, the nightmare is fading when Henry suffers a stroke. She lovingly cares for him. One evening she's watching TV and Henry's asleep in the bedroom, when there comes a loud knock. Flynn. Impervious to her pleas he flicks pictures of Liliane on her sleeping husband. She agrees to a last rendezvous. The next day in school, Liliane is pale and nervous. She's to meet him Flynn that night. Unhinged she would rather see Henry dead than expose him to her secret life.

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: 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?

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: 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: 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: The Keeper

Logline: God's warrior on Earth doesn't want the job.

Synopsis: Jack Stone is 19 and anything but average. Blamed for killing his family 10 years ago and seeing a man that no one else can see, he is branded an outcast, but Jack can't remember what happened that night and blames the church for his family's death. After being killed himself, he is sent to purgatory where he discovers his true destiny and must stop the man who killed him, but Jack has other plans in mind and wants to find out the truth of what really happened to his family, even if it means facing his own demons. Is he really a monster like everyone's always believed or are there darker forces at work.

Title: Devil's Ransom

Logline: Christian, is a man that can see peoples future and death. When he is faced with the decision to save thousands of innocent lives or his wife and child, he must make the toughest decision of his life.

Synopsis: As a child, Christian witnesses the murder of his parents at the hand of the evil Damien. Christian is now happily married, with a son. One day while taking a vacation on a cruise ship, tragedy strikes. While the ship is sinking, Damien has a man try to kill Christian, his wife, and son. However, Christian is accidentally left alive. As Christian tries to cope with the loss, he finds out that the killer of his parents is also the man behind the death of his wife and child. As Christian hunts down his family's killers, he touches the hand of a person walking by him on the street, only to discover that the visions he used to have as a child, are back. Then one day Christian touches the hand of a cab driver and has a vision of Damien telling him to bomb a hospital. Christian must stop the bomber and catch his family's killer. When Damien finds out that Christian stopped the bombing, he offers Christian a deal. Let all the innocent people die and he will get his family back.

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.