Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

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: 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: 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 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: STANDPOINT

Logline: Two dedicated Israeli and Palestinian leaders have their worlds shaken when they learn they were switched at birth and must now struggle with their true identities.

Synopsis: Forty years ago, two expecting couples, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, are visiting New York City. Unknown to each other, the women go into labor giving birth to beautiful, healthy baby boys, on the same day and in the same hospital. With their newborns, both couples return to their homes in Jerusalem to raise their respective sons. ISAAC grows to become a devout Orthodox Jew, and ISHMAEL develops an unshakable belief in Islam. While children, they develop an uncommon friendship. As the years pass, the boys grow to become proud leaders of their nations. Today, with terrorism around every corner and war looming ever closer, vital decisions much be made to save the region from total destruction. Suddenly, the two men have their lifelong religious faiths shattered when they discover they were switched at birth. Now, they must confront the truth about their identities, their families and their religions. With so much at stake and the whole world watching, what will they do?

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.

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: 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: 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: 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.